Across many sports, from basketball to football, Adidas’ adizero technology has made for some lighter-than-ever shoe releases lately. The freshest is the Feather, a shoe Adidas is touting as “the lightest everyday running shoe” they’ve ever made. At just 6.9 ounces, it’s pretty much nothing. So, if you needed another reason not to buy those weird wetsuit-bootie-barefoot-toe-slipper things, now you’ve got one.
It doesn’t matter where you’re headed off to, 1 pair of shoes is never enough for the trip. Instead of taking up all the space in your luggage with heavy, hard-to-pack shoes, clip a pair of these foldable, packable Radler Trail Camp shoes to your bag and hit the road. Made of water-repellent ripstop and recycled rubber with a fleece liner, they’ll lighten your load without cramping your style.
It doesn’t get much more classic than the Adidas Stan Smith. It’s the best selling tennis shoe in the history of Sneakerdom. That’s because the design is simple and solid. For forty years this ubiquitous classic has been re-styled in a rainbow of colorways and artist editions, as well as the O.G. white and green. These new suede joints feature fresh colors, metal eyelets, perforated 3-stripe, contrast stitching and other subtle style upgrades.
Nike’s new Lunarglide+ 3 is the latest addition to the Lunarglide line of runners built upon the light & cushy, mixed-density Lunarlon midsole. This model’s most notable design feature is the new midfoot strap. This strap is built into the lacing system and offers additional stability in the arch and forefoot. Available Fall 2011.
Mizuno kicks are most often seen on the feet of runners, who are passing you. Those wiry, slow-breathing hardcores who log heavy miles. Maybe they know what’s up. Mizuno’s groundbreaking new shoe design, the Wave Prophecy, bucks the current low, barefootish trend in high-end running shoes. Offering serious stability & cushion, it’s a design they say is not part of your foot, but an “extension” of it.
If you know the artist Billy Reid, cool. If you don’t, whatever—these vintage-look K-Swiss kicks are sweet regardless. Crafted in garment-dyed canvas duck cloth with rope laces and a “vintage mattress” print inside, their retro styling is complete. Available in three muted colors, these could be the ones for summer.
Until those guys with the Swoosh come up with their next game-changing design innovation we can all reap the rewards of their competitors’ race to keep pace. The latest entry into the ultralight, barefoot-feel, deep-grooved sole runner is Asics’ gel-blur33. Weight: less than 10 ounces. The heel packs Asics’ proven gel-cushioning technology but the rest of the story is pretty obvious.
Some cyclists pretend everyday is another stage on the Tour de France; spandex, goo, bootie covers and all. Others of us, break up the training schedule with some bike commuting or simple transportation. For these recovery days, Timberland has a shoe. It looks like a normal loafer while you stroll, but when you saddle up the specially-designed sole supports your feet for pedaling.
NB’s US574 is a classic silhouette; a design that has stood the test of time. And now, you can get a pair of these Made In America runners in a rainbow of colors. Get on the NB site and create your own from (literally) millions of possible color combinations. Once your custom kicks are designed, they’ll be shipped to you in four to eight days.
Usually Adidas doesn’t follow trends, but in the case of the ultralight, barefoot-feel runner, their ClimaCool Ride model is jogging with the pack. This model features flyweight construction and keeps you floating down the road on a forgiving cushion of their specially formulated Adiprene™ foam. Available in a whole rainbow of bright, monochrome colorways, these ClimaCool runners look just as good as they feel.