Adidas introduced their new Springblade running shoe on Monday (June 24), the first with individually tuned blades engineered to “help propel runners forward with one of the most effective energy returns in the industry,” said a press release.
The new shoe features angled blades made out of a high-tech polymer, different from the standard EVA midsoles that deliver energy return in a vertical direction. The elastic blades reacts to any environment, compressing and releasing energy to create an efficient push-off that feels like you have springs under your feet.
“Springblade’s progressive look and blade technology are radically different than any running shoe ever created,” said James Carnes, global creative director of performance at adidas. “At the same time, adidas’ goal is to create a beautiful performance shoe designed to be simple and intuitive.
“Every aspect of Springblade is engineered to reflect extensive athlete insights to help make them better,” added. “For design inspiration, we drew upon everyday objects that deliver explosive energy return — everything from springboards to pole vaults and motorcycle suspensions.”
Additionally, Springblade’s flexible construction was designed to hug the top of a runner’s foot, locking it in to harness the energy returned from the springs on the outsole.
“Six years in the making, Springblade provides one of the highest energy returns in the industry,” says Mikal Peveto, director of running at adidas America.
The Adidas Springblade is set to drop August 1st for $180 at Adidas stocklists and Adidas.com.