Nike’s Free Inneva Woven NRG blurs the lines between performance shoe design and extreme basket weaving, and we must say, we’re glad those lines are blurred. The result is an oddly appealing trainer with a Free 5.0 sole that might just pass the nightclub dress code. Source. Available late Fall 2012.
Discluding beer and breasts, less is more in almost all cases. It certainly appears to be the approach driving running shoe design. The three shoes in adidas’ new adiPure Natural Running Collection are all minimalist & ultra-light featuring low profile dual-layer midsoles and sock-like fits.
If there’s one thing cool about this shameless Reebok x Marvel Comics collabo it’s that even if you’re not a creepy adult comic book fanatic, you might still wear the shoes. The Marvel collection includes 10 styles, both new and classic designs in superhero colorways with custom Marvel details. Availability not yet announced. Source
Reebok’s ZigTech running sole got an upgrade. They’ve added a 20º angle to the zigs and zags of the outsole pattern to provide even more cushion. The upper is lighter and more breathable, too. The new design in candy colorways is available now.
It appears that Nike’s senior footwear designer Mark Miner spends more time at the hair salon and tattoo parlor than he does jogging but there’s no denying his Free outsole and shoe designs are hot stuff. The latest collection debuts April 5th featuring three new running shoes all built around concepts of natural motion. Watch the video.
Before Michael Jordan re-invented the game of basketball and permanently stamped the Nike swoosh into pop culture, he was a UNC Tarheel who carried the team to a national championship in a pair of size 13 Converse in 1982. To commemorate this 30-year milestone, Nike, (which owns Converse) is releasing an ultra-limited edition package that includes a signed pair of leather Converse LTDs, and a number 23 UNC jersey. 100% of the proceeds of this collabo kit go to the James R. Jordan Foundation. Auction ends April 6.
Adidas has no problem at all designing world-class athletic shoes. This new Climacool runner is a great example of their advances in ultra-lightweight and comfort engineering. With an all mesh upper it’s cool, with its AdiWear outsole it’s durable. But the name… Seduction? Really? Guys, are you feeling seduced by this shoe or are you supposed to seduce it? Actually, don’t answer that.
Nike employs legions of engineers and technicians all tasked with creating the next big gimmick that will sell millions of kicks. Who would’ve thought knitting would be the key to their latest release? Flyknit Technology uses knit and yarn structures to reduce materials in the upper leaving only the essentials to create a “there’s nothing there” feeling. The Flyknit Trainer+ weighs in at 7.7oz. and the world’s best marathoners are planning to wear them in the Olympics this summer in London. Could this mean gold for them and Nike? We’ll see.
Nike could put just about anything on top of their Free outsole and people will come running. And why not? They’re all so light and floaty. The Huarache Free Run Stealth is another hit on this popular platform. It features a leather, mesh, & neoprene upper that balances support and breathability nicely while the tonal gray coloring with poppy blue hits will make it a standout on your local loop. Available Spring 2012. Source
Before it was co-opted by B-Boys and B-Girls as the breakdancer’s shoe of choice, Nike’s 1972 jump-off, the Cortez, made a name for itself as one of the era’s best running shoes. Now, the slim, classic silhouette is back again in a nylon fabrication and a whole rainbow of colorways. Go get some. Source