Nike continues its quest to make its shoes even more like cushioned socks with the Nike Lunar Presto (£79; roughly $120). This incredibly lightweight shoe features a water-resistant mesh upper that works with a Flywire lace cage to provide an excellent fit while minimizing bulk and allowing for maximum ventilation. A Lunarlon sole rounds out the offering, which comes in a spring-friendly light grey/dark slate grey/orange colorway. [via]
A classic design gets a modern upgrade with the New Balance Revlite 574 Sneakers ($75). While they do feature a new Revlite midsole that provides added responsiveness and durability while weighing 30% less than comparable foams, the rest of the shoe is decidedly old-school, from the basic tri-tone design to the leather upper. Available in four colorways, including black/red, the patriotic navy, white, and red, the running-at-nighttime-friendly hi-viz yellow, black, and white, and the springtime special blue with silver.
Leave it to the sneaker wizards at Nike to come up with a new technological innovation by looking at something as simple as a cheap toy. Inspired by the Chinese finger trap, the woven upper of the Nike Free Trainer 5.0 ($TBD) provides a glove-like fit that moves with your foot during exercise to offer outstanding support. As with all Nike Free models, it also offers a natural motion outsole that delivers a barefoot-like feel, as well as outstanding cushioning, rubber nodes for traction on any surface, and eye-catching looks. Available March 28. [Scouted by Daniel]
Just think of them as an Ikea product for your feet. Like our favorite affordable Swedish furniture, Lasso Flat-Packed Slippers (£27; roughly $40) arrive in a slim box ready to be assembled. Made from a single piece of grey wool felt, they feature a hearty leather sole, and your choice of laces, which you use to build the shoe by sewing them through precut holes. We haven't seen the printed instructions yet, but we're guessing they're not quite as frustrating as the wordless booklets that come from the big blue store.
They might not look that different at first glance, but the Converse 1970s Chuck Taylor All Star Collection ($70-$85) really isn't the same as the Chucks you'll find at your local Journeys store. Re-crafted to the specifications of the All Star of the '70s, these now-iconic shoes feature slightly higher rubber foxing around the sole, added cushioning — definitely a welcome change — stitching on the sidewall, a vintage plate on the heel, a more substantial toe box, and a heavier canvas upper. The black and white versions are available now at select shops, with more original colors arriving later this year.
Most cushioning is designed to keep your feet comfortable when you step down. The cushioning in these new Adidas Energy Boost Running Shoes ($150) is all about what happens after that. Replacing traditional EVA foam in the midsole is the company's new energy-returning Boost material, which aims to make your runs easier by bouncing your foot back up after each step. Other features include a breathable techfit upper, Torsion technology for midfoot support, an external heel counter for a better fit, and compatibility with Adidas' miCoach system.
There might be a more comfortable running shoe out there, but if there is, we don't know about it. The Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ ($TBA) combines Nike's Flyknit technology — which provides a more precise fit, integrates support and structure, reduces seams, weight, and points of friction, and reduces waste by 80 percent — with the company's incredibly comfortable yet lightweight Lunarlon foam cushioning to provide an optimal running experience. It won't be tailored precisely to your foot — it'll just feel that way. Arriving next month.
If you've been thinking "all Vans really need are a perforated upper", than we have some good news for you.Vans OTW Perf Sneakers ($80-$90) are a collection of four classic silhouettes featuring the aforementioned perforated Nubuck uppers, mint-colored hangtags, and mint-colored alternative laces. Both black and gray colorways of the Alcon, Lasdun, Prelow and Stovepipe will be available starting next month.
Let one of nature's most elegant structures help you on your next run in the Puma BioWeb Elite Running Shoes ($100). Designed in collaboration with Spider-Man*, this lightweight running and training shoe features a PU WebCage for flexible support, a mesh upper, an anti-microbial sockliner to fight off the funk, a flexible WebTech heel wrap for impact protection, and an EVA/rubber outsole that carries the web design through to the bottom of the shoe. *Not really.
No, it's not a kit for helping you park cars. Instead, Tricker's Valet Kit (£350; roughly $570) will help you take care of your shoes. Arriving in a multi-tiered wooden box, this kit includes four cans of polish and five jars of leather cream in various colors, eight brushes, a metal shoe horn with a leather fob, and a buffing cloth for achieving a perfect finish.
Do more training than running? You can still enjoy all the natural movement benefits of the Nike Free system with the Nike Free Trainer 3.0 ($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.