Do more training than running? You can still enjoy all the natural movement benefits of the Nike Free system with the Nike Free Trainer 3.0 ($TBA). Built on the Free outsole, the Trainer 3.0 features a mesh upper with polyurethane support, a Dynamic Fit system to cradle the midfoot and provide a lock-down fit, and a Phylon midsole for added cushioning. All these materials also happen to be lightweight, allowing a size 9 to weigh in a just 9 ounces. Arriving in January.
Is it a basketball shoe? A futuristic sleeve/boot? Actually, the Air Jordan XX8 ($250) is a little bit of both. The exterior of the shoe is dominated by a Schoeller mesh stretch synthetic shroud that serves to hide the majority of the shoe when zipped, making the whole thing look more like an overgrown sock than a shoe. It still offers high-end b-ball features, however, including the new Jordan Flight Plate that lets the shoe's Zoom Air units react more responsively, internal straps to keep your foot in place, and a molded heel counter made from carbon fiber for added support. Landing at a store near you next February.
They might resemble running shoes from the side, but make no mistake — these Nike Kobe 8 System Basketball Shoes ($TBA) were meant to be worn on the court. Developed in collaboration with Bryant, they feature a graphic snakeskin print on the upper inspired by Kobe's Black Mamba nickname. Speaking of that upper, it's made from Nike Engineered Mesh — the first time it's been used in a basketball shoe — to offer maximum breathability and flexibility with minimal weight. Other features include a low cut, a full-length Lunarlon midsole, a 1mm web rubber outsole, and a 3D anatomical heel counter for a locked down fit. Available later this month.