adidas Originals Never Made Collection Connects Past to Present

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                                In the pantheon of favorite kicks, the adidas Micropacer ranks high on our list of sneakers we&#8217;ve worn throughout the years (we never tire of the LCD microcomputer harbored within the style&#8217;s left tongue). Which partially explains our enthusiasm about seeing the silhouette refreshed with contemporary manufacturing and material technologies, alongside seven other archival silhouettes spanning in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s under the banner of the <a href="https://www.adidas.co.uk/nevermade"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Never Made Collection</a>.
Unlike the Futurepacer, the recent futuristic rendition of the Micropacer, the MicropacerxR1 is topped with the recognizable archival-inspired silhouettes harkening back to its 1984 Olympics roots (aka the Los Angeles Summer Games), but now sports the cushioned material technology of current NMD Boost soles. The Never Made Collection isn’t just a single assortment, but comprised of three distinct groupings of sneakers, each separated by decades: the 1970s Line of Descent, 1980s Genealogy of NMD, and the 1990s Genetically Modified
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Clarks Shoes Inspired by Land Rover’s All-Terrain Capabilities

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                                Even amongst the most passionate driving enthusiasts today, specialized driving shoes are a rarity, the niche segment of footwear designed for the ultimate in gas, brake, and manual transmission, fading faster than the memory of the clutch. More common these days are sneakers drawing inspiration by automotive detailing and silhouettes, primarily cars in the sports car segment. Which makes this <a href="https://www.clarks.co.uk/Clarks-Land-Rover/c/361" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">trio of new all-terrain shoes</a> &#8211; a collaboration between British brands <a href="https://www.landroverusa.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Land Rover</a> and <a href="https://www.clarks.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Clarks</a> &#8211; a rare example of footwear inspired by a more rugged segment of vehicles.

Each of the three designs follow the core design principles of “grip, environment, and stability.” The sleek CLR.51N’s woven upper should make for a comfortable city and travel footwear option.

The Life.Limitless collection is composed of three shoe designs inspired by the silhouette and driving personalities of the Land Rover line: the CLR.51N offers the sleekest and most
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Converse x Dr. Woo ‘Wear to Reveal’ Highlights the Beauty in Breakdown

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                                <a href="https://www.converse.com/us/en_us/c/converse" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Converse Chucks</a> stand as the antithesis of greater sneaker culture. Where sneaker fiends often spend an inordinate amount of time, care, and money keeping kicks immaculate, Chucks are purposely worn down for months or even years to attain a certain well-worn aesthetic. Like denim, the tears, rips, and shreds marring the surface are celebrated – desirable tattoos of age. It makes sense then the latest <a href="https://news.nike.com/news/converse-dr-woo-chuck-70-reveal"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Converse x Dr. Woo</a> collaboration accentuates this aspect of Chucks culture into a fashionable feature with the ‘Wear to Reveal’ collection.
The artist’s previous collaborative collection used embroidery to represent Brian Woo’s notable talents as a skin artist to the stars. The sequel takes a more dimensional route, purposely tearing apart small sections of the Converse Chuck 70 black or white canvas silhouette, revealing another colorful layer of pattern awaiting underneath to be exposed with time (or ripped, if patience isn’t your thing). In time with
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The Adidas Grit Emulates the Sinking Feeling of Running on Sand

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                                Running on soft sand sucks. Even amongst professional athletes, the explosive speed and lasting endurance normally on tap evaporates quickly when feet hit sand. But research shows the risk of injury declines while endurance improves training upon the impact-absorbing surface. Thus, the workout has garnered popularity with professional athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike. Designer <a href="https://www.aarishnetarwala.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Aarish Netarwala&#8217;s</a> resistance-producing concept shoes for Adidas replicates the same physical challenge with a baroque 3D-printed lattice designed to suck away energy and strengthen muscles with every foot strike – all without the hassle of getting sand in-between the toes.

“Fatigue Faster” doesn’t normally have a ring to it, but in explosive strength optimization, it might sell.

Athletes have long turned to running on sand to strengthen muscles and improve endurance, all without the wear and tear associated with pounding concrete. It’s a habit Netarwala observed amongst athletes training across the challenging sandy incline of Sand
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Allbirds Launches Colorful Flip Flops Made from Sugar

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/allbirds-launches-colorful-flip-flops-made-from-sugar/allbirds-sugar-zeffers-flipflops-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Allbirds-Sugar-Zeffers-flipflops-1-810x680.jpg" alt="Allbirds Launches Colorful Flip Flops Made from Sugar" /></a>
                                Our love of ridiculously comfortable <a href="https://www.allbirds.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Allbirds</a> kicks is <a href="https://design-milk.com/tag/allbirds/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">well-documented</a> and the brand continues changing the shoe game with their latest: flip flops made from sugar. Yes, sugar. The Sugar Zeffers (<a href="https://www.allbirds.com/products/womens-sugar-zeffers"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Women&#8217;s</a> and <a href="https://www.allbirds.com/products/mens-sugar-zeffers?variant=12243311231045"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Men&#8217;s</a>) give nod to Japanese-style flip flops but feature a <a href="https://www.allbirds.com/pages/our-materials-sugar"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">SweetFoam<img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.4/72x72/2122.png" alt="™" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /></a> sole that was two years in the making. Typical soles are made from the heavily polluting, petroleum-based EVA plastic foam, but Sugar Zeffers are made with <span style="letter-spacing: 0.13px;">the world&#8217;s first green-EVA, a material made from renewable sugar cane.</span>
The revolutionary material makes for a bouncy jaunt, conforming to your foot to offer premium comfort. Along with comfort and being made from sustainable materials (both high on our pros list), the flip flops, which come in four must-have colors, are designed to be minimalist with universal appeal that everyone can slide into for eternal happiness. Allbirds is truly doing things to change the footwear industry to make it
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Ica & Kostika Launches with the 3D Printed Mycelium Shoe

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ica-kostika-launches-with-the-3d-printed-mycelium-shoe/ica-kostika-mycelium-shoe-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/Ica-Kostika-Mycelium-Shoe-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Ica &#038; Kostika Launches with the 3D Printed Mycelium Shoe" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.icakostika.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Ica &amp; Kostika</a> just launched their 3D printing studio with the goal of creating fashion-forward footwear via computational design. The Mycelium Shoe is just as much sculpture as it is a shoe, an intricate work of art that&#8217;s designed to make a statement. Whether that statement is on a runway, Lady Gaga&#8217;s feet, or walking down a city street remains to be seen. While we don&#8217;t know where they&#8217;ve end up, we do know a bit about how they began.
The Mycelium Shoe benefits from the latest 3D printing has to offer. First, the future wearer downloads the app and uploads a series of photos of their feet. Their algorithm then creates a 3D sketch that allows for fit improvements before 3D printing and finishing with automotive grade technologies that make up the final structure. The result is a custom fit, wearable shoe with a unique silhouette that will surely
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Studio Hagel Remixes 3D Printed Adidas ALPHAEDGE 4D

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                                Oxygen and light applied onto liquid polymer. That&#8217;s the formula <a href="https://www.adidas.com/us"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Adidas</a> is using to manufacture their latest generation of footwear, the <a href="https://www.adidas.com/us/alphaedge-4d-shoes/AC8485.html"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">ALPHAEDGE 4D</a>. Digital Light Synthesis was developed with <a href="https://www.carbon3d.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Carbon</a> to allow the footwear makers to tailor midsole structure for cushioning, stability, and comfort specific to the weight and activity of its wearer. Now Amsterdam’s <a href="http://www.studiohagel.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Studio Hagel</a> is using the 3D-printed midsoles and compositing a hybrid shoe as componetry to reconstruct their own unique hi-top reinterpretation.
From Andy Barr, Adidas’s global category director for running:
With AlphaEdge 4D our goal is to enhance the athlete’s preparation for their sport. Running is the foundation of every athlete’s training and at adidas we understand that each athlete exhibits different movement patterns based on their sport, stature and gender.
The original goals of the ALPHAEDGE 4D as stated above – available domestically in the US since February – may have been motivated in
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Slipping into Spring and Summer Shoes with FEIT’s Latest Collection

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                                Now that it’s spring, it’s time to stretch out our toes and switch out of those Wellington rain boots and Sorel snow shoes into something a little less heavy. <a href="https://www.feitdirect.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">FEIT’s</a> new Spring/Summer 2018 collection for both men and women feature handmade leather footwear in various styles that will make you comfortable during these upcoming warmer months.
The collection is comprised of many unisex styles in neutral color ways of tan, black and white. For men, key styles include a hand-sewn open-back mule, a classic oxford in long-haired English suede, a rugged desert boot and a sleek court shoe. Women can choose from a mid-heel mule, a retro-inspired runner, a classic ballet flat and two sandal styles. To purchase your next spring/summer shoe, visit feitdirect.com. SaveSave
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BDDW for FEIT: A Collaboration Between Two Expert Designers

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/footwear-x-furniture-collaboration-two-expert-designers/feit-bddw-hiking-boots11/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/feit-bddw-hiking-boots11-810x559.jpg" alt="BDDW for FEIT: A Collaboration Between Two Expert Designers" /></a>
                                How did a collaboration between a footwear designer and a furniture designer come to be? They both share and uphold the same values in producing high-quality, expertly crafted products that can stand up to the test of time and trends.
Tull Price of FEIT and Tyler Hays of BDDW teamed up to create a very limited run of 60 pairs of hiking boots, each handled with care in Price and Hay’s individual studios for separate steps of the design process. The leather uppers were dyed, painted or embossed by hand in BDDW’s Philadelphia studio and then sent to FEIT to be hand-lasted and hand-sewed. The hiking boots come in an array of solid colors, patterns and nature-inspired markings. Each pair is packaged in a custom wooden box that has been individually numbered and made by BDDW. Each pair also comes with a catalogue that documents the design process and a
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7 Minimalist Sneakers to Maximize Your Wardrobe

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                                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.
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.
  1. Rennes by Oliver
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The 1 Reimagined: 14 Women Remix Iconic Nike Silhouettes

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/1-reimagined-nike-silhouettes/the_making_of_the_1_reimagined-nike-news_76632/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/01/The_Making_of_the_1_Reimagined-Nike-News_76632-810x456.jpg" alt="The 1 Reimagined: 14 Women Remix Iconic Nike Silhouettes" /></a>
                                The <a href="https://www.nike.com/launch/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Nike 1 Reimagined</a> is the sort of dream project every designer wishes will one day drop onto their desk (or inbox): an assignment revolving around reinterpreting an iconic design for modern times. In the case of sneakers, it doesn&#8217;t get any more storied and iconic than the Nike Air Force 1 and the Air Jordan 1.
New collections revolving around a classic style are nothing new. But in the case of the Nike 1 Reimagined collection, it’s both the individual participants and the sum of the team deserving notice: an all-female team of 14 designers selected from Nike’s internal design, materials, and colorists departments. Led by Nike Senior Footwear Creative Director Georgina James, two groups eventually coalesced around the two styles, with each reimagining both hoops-centric shoes well beyond the original silhouettes. Given carte blanche for two weeks to deconstruct and reassemble to their imagination’s content, the designers of the 1
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