Sneakers have come a long way. No long just a fashion statement or a way to protect your feet, sneakers have evolved to enhance the lives of the wearers, featuring the latest technology to help you run faster, more comfortably and to improve your overall well being. Of course, sneaker heavy-hitters Nike and adidas have quite a few impressive technological advancements with their sneaker models (which is why they have several models in our list), while others are creating their own niches like Vibram’s 5 Finger shoes.
8. Y-3 Qasa
As the brainchild of high-fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto and adidas, the Y-3 Qasa are a combination of basketball and running shoes that incorporate adidas’ Tublar cushion technology that was inspired by tires to ensure maximum comfort for stylish athletes everywhere. Looking like futuristic ninja shoes, is constructed with a minimally cut and sewn, sock like upper, with laces for adjustment.
7. Nike+ Shoes
The Nike+ Basketball and Nike+ Training sneakers are great for pro athletes looking to take their game up a notch with useful data that the shoes collect. Incorporated into a select number of shoes (3 at the moment) are an array of sensors (toe, heel, etc) that measure performance (a calculation based on pressure+accelerometer) with the data sent to a smartphone via Bluetooth to be analyzed and wrapped into Nike’s Fuel figure.
6. Adidas Springblade
A running shoe that gives off energy returns to runners is what adidas came up with for their Springblade sneakers. So instead of the standard EVA midsoles that provide an energy return in a vertical direction, the Springblade returns it via 16 forward angled blades that are each made from high-tech polymer. This equates to elastic blades that will react to any terrain and release energy to create that efficient push-off that makes it feel as if the runner has springs under your feet.
5. Nike Free Hyperfeel
Designed to function as an extension of your foot, the Nike Free Hyperfeel provides padding and protection only where it’s need, providing runners with a more natural run. It features a drop-in Its drop- Lunarlon insole that has flex grooves, which the foot to have direct contact with the shoe’s Lunarlon cushioning, while the ultra-thin waffle outsole allows the foot to get as close to the ground as possible.
4. Vibram 5 Fingers Foot Shoes
As a performance product for running, fitness and outdoor sports, the Vibram’s 5 Fingers Foot Shoes encourage a more natural forefoot strike during running, but also allows the foot to move and work in a natural way, while still providing rip and protection over a variety of surfaces.
3. Under Armour SpeedForm
A bra for your feet? Yeah, that’s what Under Armour is claiming that their SpeedForm sneakers are for runners. The running shoe has now seams and is actually made at a bra factory in China. Its heel cup lacks any stitching and is created from one piece of material. It’s said to fit like a comfy pair of socks rather than shoes, making it seem like second skin on you feet.
2. Adidas adiPure Trainers
The adiPure Trainers from adidas are sort of like Vibram’s Fiver Finger sneakers, but gts rid of the individual toe ports and provides little to no sole so that the runner connects more directly with the ground, which forces them to run on their mid or forefoot (this sneaker tech is derived from the barefoot running trend that’s grown quite popular). The sneakers weight just 4.5 oz and are
1. Nike Flyknit Lunar2
As if runners didn’t already love Nike’s Flyknit Lunar 1+ sneakers, Nike had to go back and make them even better with their Lunar2 model. It pairs the ultra light Nike Flyknit upper with the super soft and responsive Nike Lunarlon cushioning for an amazing combination that runners will appreciate. It also features more stretch. The Lunar2’s micro-engineered Flyknit upper provides support, stretch and ventilation where it’s needed most, while Flywire cables are integrated into the upper to cradle the foot and provide runners with a supportive lockdown.
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.