If you’re in the market for a pair of fresh new kicks, here are 7 current favorites that our Tech Editor Gregory and I rounded up to help with your window shopping.
<a href="https://design-milk.com/7-minimalist-sneakers-maximize-wardrobe/2018-minimalist-sneakers/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/2018-minimalist-sneakers-810x478.jpg" alt="7 Minimalist Sneakers to Maximize Your Wardrobe" /></a> I love fancy footworks as much as the next person and believe that a great outfit can be ruined (or at the very least, go undocumented) with a bad choice in shoes (nothing a little photo-cropping can’t fix to salvage that photo though). However, when it comes to sneakers, I hail from the “less is more” camp, even while ‘Dad shoes’ and retro ‘sneaks are making a comeback. Simple, minimalist sneakers just have a soft spot in my heart, especially when they’re well-made and classically designed with modern elements. I’m also more inclined to hand over $200 when I think about how many outfits can go with a minimalist sneaker over a maximalist one.
The adidas Originals x Kvadrat Stan Smith sneakers will be available in Navy, Pink, and Core Black starting July 6th, 2017.
<a href="http://design-milk.com/adidas-originals-x-kvadrat-stan-smith-special-editions/adidas-original-stan-smith-kvadrat-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/06/adidas-Original-Stan-Smith-Kvadrat-1-810x540.jpg" alt="adidas Originals x Kvadrat Stan Smith Special Editions" /></a> <a href="http://www.adidas.com/us/originals" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">adidas Originals</a> is giving the <a href="http://www.adidas.com/us/originals-stan_smith-shoes" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Stan Smith</a> a new spin with the help of Danish textile company <a href="http://kvadrat.dk/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kvadrat</a>. The collaboration looks to Copenhagen for inspiration by decking these special editions with <a href="http://kvadrat.dk/collection/detail/uid/5297-0742/all-colours/show" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kvadrat’s Squares</a> fabric by Danish designer Vibeke Rohland. The textured fabric features a geometric pattern of dots in various colors atop a complementary background. Instead of the usual 3-stripe perforations on the sides, the adidas Originals x Kvadrat Stan Smith kicks are finished with embroidered lines, along with a contrasting fabric on the heel patch and classic white cupsoles.
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Adidas worked with Silicon Valley contiguous 3D printing technology specialists, Carbon, to utilize a manufacturing that forgoes traditional prototyping and moulding for a 3D printing process using digital light projection, oxygen-permeable optics, and programmable liquid polymer resin to generate high performance, durable polymeric products quickly – ideal for midsole manufacturing on a scale previously unrealizable. The manufacturing process is quite mesmerizing. The resulting latticed structure midsole structure is even more pliable and flexible than previous Futurecraft models, designed to accommodate the needs of athletic
<a href="http://design-milk.com/adidas-futurecraft-4d/futurecraft4d_product_hero_black/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/FUTURECRAFT4D_PRODUCT_HERO_BLACK-810x523.jpg" alt="Adidas Futurecraft 4D is the 3D Printed Sneaker Revolution Realized" /></a> Adidas has made their intentions evident <a href="http://design-milk.com/?s=adidas+3D" data-wpel-link="internal">for some time</a>, previewing evolutionary iterations of 3D printed midsoles as the foundation of next generation athletic footwear. But until now their plans have been hampered by the foe of any innovation: scale. Thanks to a technical and manufacturing process called Digital Light Synthesis, the <a href="http://www.adidas.com/us/futurecraft" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">adidas Futurecraft 4D</a> is to become the harbinger of 3D printed midsole sneakers for the masses.
One look at David Olivares’ concept Y-A FUYU HIGH sneaker design and it’s impossible not to imagine the Hoth base cold assault stormtroopers in The Empire Strikes Back, giant mechanized robots from anime, the profile of the adidas Kobe Bryant shoes circa 2000, and hardware usually found securing skiers onto their skis. Whether any of these references played a part in shaping this multi-layered futuristic boot-sneaker is unknown, but we like the exploratory results.
Olivares conceived his weatherproof mechanized sneaker design as a knowing nod to the urban high fashion aesthetics of Yohji Yamamoto’s adidas Y-3 label and Germany’s techwear imprint, ACRONYM. The multi-layered sneaker is accessorized with functional straps, zippers, and locking closures, in sum creating a futuristic profile communicating fashion accompanied with technical functionality.
Similar to the trajectory of a concept car to its eventual production line model, Adidas has altered and improved the fit and finish of their initial prototype for both durability and comfort in many noticeable ways. Most significant is the denser lattice midsole which now feels sturdier and more supportive while walking or running. The thicker “engineered 3D web structure” results in a more forgiving foot strike, while also giving the shoes a more structurally resilient ruggedness that wasn’t fully evident with the original Futurecraft model’s sole.
<a href="http://design-milk.com/adidas-3d-running-shoes/adidas-3drunners-gold/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2016/12/adidas-3DRunners-gold-810x540.jpg" alt="Adidas Turns 3D Concept Into Real Life 3D Runners" /></a> Adidas made its intentions quite clear in 2015 with the reveal of their <a href="http://design-milk.com/preview-custom-fit-future-adidas-futurecraft-3d/" data-wpel-link="internal">Futurecraft trainers</a>, a wearable prototype sneaker built around an innovative 3D printed latticed sole. The lofty intent from conception was to eventually offer a true customization experience on a foot-by-foot basis. That concept is now a reality – albeit in very limited quantities – with the release of the Adidas 3D Runner.
The adidas Originals NMD City Sock is a pared down and fashionable homage to three of the brands most iconic 1980’s running shoe silhouettes.
In 2016, we brought you a mix of <a href="http://design-milk.com/category/style-fashion/" data-wpel-link="internal">Style + Fashion</a> posts, covering everything from really cool sneakers to LEGO bags to building your own Fender guitar. From the rankings of the most popular posts in this category, it seems you all liked the variety as well. See which posts were the most popular this year. <a href="http://design-milk.com/adidas-originals-nmd-city-sock-looks-comfy/adidas-originals-nmd-city-sock/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2016/03/adidas-originals-NMD-City-Sock-600x335.jpg" alt="Best Style + Fashion Posts of 2016" /></a> 10. <a href="http://design-milk.com/adidas-originals-nmd-city-sock-looks-comfy/" data-wpel-link="internal">adidas Originals NMD City Sock Looks Comfy</a><br />
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1. adidas Futurecraft Biofabric
<a href="http://design-milk.com/8-sneakers-that-feel-as-good-as-they-look/dec2016-sneakers-roundup/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2016/11/Dec2016-sneakers-roundup-810x576.jpg" alt="8 Sneakers That Feel as Good as They Look" /></a> It’s definitely getting chillier with every passing day, which means we’re wearing bulkier and weather-proof footwear when required. But that doesn’t mean we’re sleeping on more comfortable kicks – our daily wear – like these 8 current favorites, each picked for their stylish profiles and comfortable fit.
Adidas continues to push the bounds of innovation with their latest Futurecraft concept, this time using biopolymers mimicking the tensile strength and woven softness of silk to sheath the uppers of these lightweight sneakers. And lightweight they are – 15% lighter compared to other models made with conventional synthetic fibers. Adidas has also made these sneakers completely biodegradable, hopefully a feature we across their range of footwear in the near future.
- Puma Blaze of Glory Sock
Designed as an homage to the cozy traditional cable knit sweaters of the Aran Islands, these sneakers look like the perfect autumn/winter sneakers for cold