Whether you're just dabbling in minimalist running or you've fully embraced the natural training method, the folks at adidas have the shoe you're looking for.
"We're excited to bring the adipure running line to those interested in learning how to run in less shoe," said Mikal Peveto, director of running for adidas America. "The three-shoe collection provides options for athletes who want just the right balance of protection while allowing the foot to act more naturally...Athletes can identify the best feel for their feet or choose to start with more support with the adipure Motion and then train down to the most minimal profile with the adipure Adapt."
Generally, the smaller a shoe's "drop"—the difference in height between the heel and forefoot—the more minimalist experience it offers. Traditional training shoes generally have a drop of between 10 and 15 mm. The adipure collection features shoes with a drop from 11mm down to 4 mm.
The 11mm-drop adipure Motion is perfect for beginners to minimalism, people who are used to the support of traditional trainers. For intermediate minimalist runners, the Gazelle offers a comfortable 7mm drop and plenty of support. Finally, for advanced natural runners looking for a near-barefoot experience, the 4.5 oz. adipure Adapt offers a 4mm drop.
All of the adipure shoes feature TECHFIT across the top, which provides a structured sock-like fit and 360 degrees of flexibility; and a precisely engineered stretch mesh and polyurethane pattern designed to deliver support in areas that need it most for a more natural barefoot feel.
The entire collection will be available mid-August for $110 (Motion), $100 (Gazelle) and $90 (Adapt) on adidas.com.
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