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#1 Hum

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 22:25

This crazy sci-fi-looking shoe, on sale starting August 1, promises "explosive energy" in the form of 16 "blades" along the bottom of the shoe. (Don't worry; they're not sharp. They're like hard, plastic fins.)

 

Rather than propel runners straight upward, the blades compress and release energy at an angle to push you forward, says Mikal Peveto, Adidas America's Director of Running. Compared to traditional foam midsoles, the shoes "return" more of the energy that goes into each footfall, meaning that it takes less energy to actually push off on the next step.

 

Bottom line: You're helping to spring yourself forward without using as much of your own energy as you normally would. (Translation: Possibly seconds shaved off PRs.)

Walking around in the shoes feels kind of like levitating above the ground or standing on a springy diving board, Peveto told me. And that's a good thing, he insists: Despite all the noise that barefoot running has made in recent years, the majority of people still want comfort and cushioning when they run -- especially people who don't identify themselves as hard-core or competitive runners.

The Springblade will retail for $180,  :|  and Peveto says it's a good shoe for everyone but the most severe of pronators, whether you're a mid-foot or a heel striker.

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 22:29

Looks like they would last a few weeks...



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Posted 16 July 2013 - 22:30

180 for that? NTY

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 22:36

I wonder if this would be considered an unfair advantage (if claims made about it are true). I remember when the body suits were banned in swimming because it gave too much of an advantage over other swimmers.



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 15:56

looks like they would break down very easily especialy if you walk on the sides of your feet as I do. Not to mention I try to not spend more than $20 for normal shoes (my dress shoes cost $60)



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 16:00

Now we need some blinking LEDs in them and it's a full set!



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 16:02

Wah?

 

I have no words.



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 16:04

Yes!!!

They're in my colour too.



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 16:14

Don't step on dog poop.



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 16:16

I wouldn't pay $90 for those :p

 

I imagine these shoes will be high on the 'must steal' list.



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 17:36

I wouldn't pay $90 for those :p
 
I imagine these shoes will be high on the 'must steal' list.


I wouldn't pay 90c for the things...

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 23:13

^ There's a 500 pound weight limit.

 

 

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 05:28

^ There's a 500 pound weight limit.
 
 
I kid.


You so mean!  :cry: 



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 07:18

NOOOO! We need hover shoes :D ..... actually that trainer looks real futurisitic, but I doubt they'll last long.  Retailing at that price is for the brand not the shoe.