Barefoot-style footwear and cross training haven't really mixed well — until now. The Nike Free Haven 3.0 ($100) brings the Swoosh's ultra-flexible platform to 'trainers for the first time, offering a super-flexible seamless upper, a mesh inner sleeve, a dual-pull lacing system and soft "fingers" across the midfoot and arch to lock your foot down, and a DiamondFLX pattern on the sole for added traction when performing lateral or diagonal moves. Of course, that's not to say that you can't run in them — something tells us they'll do just fine for that, as well.
Looking to add a little military flair to your summer wardrobe? The Nike Air Force 1 Max Air VT ($TBA) should do the trick. The fourth entry in the AF1 XXX series, this unique low-top features a full-length visible Max Air unit with total orange highlights, a Vas-Tech upper with a dark camo pattern, waxed laces, and an embossed leather tongue and heel tabs. Avoid pairing with camo cargo shorts, unless you're going for a full-on Army look.
Want to know what Uncrate's staff is wearing on their feet? There's a decent chance it's a predecessor of these. The Nike Free Run+ 3 ($100) is the brand-new version of our favorite everyday sneaker, sporting the flex grooves that give the shoe its "not there" moxie, a Dynamic Fit upper made up of fingers of soft material that wrap around your midfoot and arch for a superior fit, a stretchy mesh inner lining and molded sockliner for added comfort, waffle outsole pistons to help absorb impact, and compatibility with the Nike+ fitness system.
Keep your feet dry and thus comfortable this summer in Adidas Climacool Seduction Shoes ($100). These stylish kicks — available in a variety of colorways — boast 360º Climacool ventilation to keep the air flowing and the stink out, lightweight cushioning, mesh lining, and an adiWear outsole for rugged reliability.
There's retro, and then there's the Nike Pre Montreal Racer ($85). Made for legendary runner Steve Prefontaine, and featuring a mesh and textile upper, an EVA midsole for comfort, and a waffle pattern outsole for traction, this low-cut sneaker looks like it was just pulled out of a time capsule dating back to the Ford administration, and comes in a handful of outrageous colorways to prove it.
Can't decide between a regular snow boot and a studded shoe? Pick up the Korkers SnowJack Boot ($120). Aside from the standard waterproof leather upper and Thinsulate insulation for maximum warmth, the SnowJack also sport an interchangeable outsole system that lets you choose between a rubber lugs and carbide studs depending on the situation. If only you could do the same for your car. [via]
The result of an ongoing collaboration between Hiroshi Fujiwara, Nike designer Tinker Hatfield, and Nike CEO Mark Parker, the new Nike HTM Flyknit Collection ($TBA) uses knit fabrics to create lightweight sneakers with excellent fit and comfort. The HTM Racer will sport the colors of the US Track and Field team, while two versions of the HTM Trainer+ feature integrated tongues, a Lunarlon midsole for comfort, and black/silver or silver/gray/yellow colorways.
It's been a long time since Nike and Apple teamed up on the Nike+ fitness monitoring system, but unless you were simply walking or running, it couldn't tell you much about your sport-specific workouts. Nike+ Basketball & Training ($TBA) aims to change all of that. Pairing a new Nike+ Pressure Sensor in each shoe with apps dedicated to a specific experience, this new system can track a baller's every move during the game to let them know how high, hard, and quick they're going, or tell athletes how they're doing in their training, resulting in custom tailored workouts. Arriving this June in the Nike Hyperdunk+ and Lunar TR1+.
Customize your sneakers to match your game with the Air Jordan 2012 ($180-$225). Expanding on the modular system seen in the 2011 model, the Air Jordan 2012 offers up two interchangeable inner sleeves — one for maximum mobility, one for maximum protection — as well three interchangeable midsoles that offer a mix of Zoom and Air cushioning to match your needs. All of this goodness goes inside a stylish exterior, which includes Flywire technology and full-grain leather in the upper and a midfoot plate made from glass and carbon fiber for optimal support.
They don't look quite like typical wing tips, but if it weren't for their colorful outsoles, you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference. Unless, of course, you're wearing them. Designed to tackle the tough streets of NYC, the Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip ($250) weds Nike's ultra-lightweight Lunarlon cushioning system to a classic Cole Haan last with leather welt details and premium suede uppers to create a dress show for those who consider jeans, a button down, and a jacket to be way dressy. Other features include a wider forefoot, slimmer rounded toe, partial lining, and a micro-diamond tread texture on the bottom for maximum traction.
The tennis season — pro tennis, anyway — has already started, so best to start gearing up for the upcoming year — and you can start with the Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour ($130). Developed in collaboration with Roger Federer, the Vapor 9 features a finger-like system on the outside that works to mold the top of the shoe to the shape of your foot, mesh throughout to keep you dry, a TPU foot-frame for added stability and protection, rubber overlays in high-wear areas for added durability, and Lunar cushioning — in addition to a Nike Zoom unit — for unbeatable comfort. See them in action later this week when Federer meets his nemesis Nadal in the Australian Open semis.
Stomping through the snow in sneakers isn't much fun, what with the cold wet feet, ruined leather, and potential for life-threatening sickness. Avoid that mess with the Cole Haan Air Rhone Boot ($250). Apart from the obvious Nike Air cushioning for comfort, the full-height Rhone features a waterproof leather and waxed canvas upper, textile lining, a durable rubber sole with a tread bottom for added traction, and your choice of green and brown or black and gray colorways.