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Oxygen and light applied onto liquid polymer. That’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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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.
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- Rennes by Oliver
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Noting the gap in talent, the outcome of Wednesday night’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder seemed like a foregone conclusion. But amongst sneakerheads there was another reason to tune into the game: whether reigning NBA league MVP Russell Westbrook would be playing in his newly designed signature shoes for the <a href="https://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/jordan" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Nike Jordan Brand</a>.
Though OKC would indeed blowout the Lakers, the game did deliver on the new sneaker front, with Russell Westbrook playing three quarters donning his new Jordan Why Not Zer0.1 Mirror Image
Named in reflection and comparison between Michael Jordan’s (in)famous resolute intensity of yesteryear alongside the dogged breakneck effort of Westbrook’s play today, the top expanse of the Mirror Image is embellished – from its heel counter to vamp to toe tip – in service of its namesake with a collage of cutout imagery of both players executed in nostalgic Mars
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SoCal clothier <a href="http://publishbrand.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Publish Brand’s</a> streetwear cred was established by their hugely popular line of jogger pants and other complementary pieces that made it easy for those with an affinity for kicks to bring attention to their finest sneakers. They’ve gone onto bigger and brighter things, including a follow-up to last year’s unexpected collaboration with outdoor gear giant, <a href="https://www.thenorthface.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">The North Face</a>. The partnership resulted in “<a href="http://publishbrand.com/collaborations/midnight-in-antartica-with-the-north-face/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Midnight in Antarctica</a>,” a moody trio of deep navy hued footwear styles applied onto classic North Face silhouettes. This year’s collaborative footwear collection “Earth’s Core” is fire to last year’s ice.
Both the North Face’s Litewave Ampere II HC and the ThermoBall Traction Mule II models distinguish themselves with a vibrant treatment of bright orange across their soles, embellishing the lightweight materials of each shoe engineered for trekking activities where every ounce counts.
The larger silhouette of the Litewave Ampere II HC features a
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Sneaker designers have oft been quoted finding inspiration in form and function from the realms of the architectural, automotive, fashion, and nature itself. Yet it is the humble brown paper bag that helped shape the functional fit and transformation of the upcoming <a href="http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/nikelab" rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">NIKELAB ACG 07 KMTR</a>, an “All Conditions Gear” urban commuter sneaker that opens and closes with just a pull of an integrated draw cord.
Sharing elements with the adjustable strap NikeLab Air Sock Racer Ultra Flyknit
and fold-over design of the NikeLab Free RN Motion Flyknit
, the latest NikeLab creation is a collaborative effort between Nike and the technically-driven fashion brand ACRONYM
, with founder Errolson Hugh putting some signature details that make these ACG models a notable standout.
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Get used to seeing “3D printed midsoles” as an increasingly advertised feature accompanying the announcement of new sneakers. Joining the likes of <a href="http://design-milk.com/adidas-3d-running-shoes/" data-wpel-link="internal">adidas</a> and <a href="http://design-milk.com/new-balance-x-nervous-systems-adaptive-3d-printed-midsole-running-shoes/" data-wpel-link="internal">New Balance</a>, both who’ve ventured into developing proprietary adaptive 3D printed midsoles, Under Armor recently unveiled the <a href="https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/3d-architech?avad=55097_ae2225bd&cid=AF%7Cskimlinks.com%7CAvantLink%7CUS" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">UA ArchiTech Futurist</a> – a limited edition 3D printed sneaker designed for the Crossfit demographic.
The ArchiTech Futurist is the evolutionary progeny of Under Armour’s UA Architech, a shoe concept that won the Advanced Concepts Technical Competition at last year’s AMUG Conference
. Sporting a similar interlocking lattice structure as its predecessor, the ArchiTech Futurist TPU midsoles are also made possible using selective laser sintering (SLS), resulting in the characteristic lattice work. The 3D printed heel section is purported to return energy with every press toward the heel, catering to weight lifting exercises of Crossfitters.
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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.
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.
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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.
1. adidas Futurecraft Biofabric
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.
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- 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
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Here’s a little story about how I discovered On, a young Swiss athletic brand based in both Portland and Yokohama, Japan. A few months ago, I went to a specialty running store to buy new sneakers and while perusing the usual suspects, I came across a shoe that I’d never seen before. I didn’t recognize the logo, and when I picked it up I tried looking for more identifying marks, finding none but an ON
on the side. What I didn’t know was that I had stumbled on a new-ish brand that may also have puzzled many other runners in the market for new kicks.
On Cloud running shoe
Like the typical nerdy runner who geeks out about new gear, I looked up On
and discovered that the company is about 6 years old and has won design and technology accolades—most recently the ISPO Gold Award for the Best Performance Shoe 2015/16. Their
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