adidas may have grown synonymous with streetwear thanks to the tireless rise of Kanye West’s sub-brand, but the athletic-centric manufacturer continues to innovate itself to deliver optimized performance.
The German athleisure giant touts its unique STRUNG textile as “the first that transforms athlete data into dynamic performance material.” Moreover, each thread that composes STRUNG is data-mapped to deliver a lightweight, glove-like fit — for comparison’s sake, think Nike FlyWire. While it has shown off the innovative tech before, this is the first time STRUNG appears in a production model, as it overtakes the shoe’s upper.
As far as looks are concerned, it is pre-dominantly grey and off-white, then touched up with bright pink and orange accents. In addition to its new-age upper, the shoe sits on a remarkably cushioned midsole, boasting three layers of the three stripes’ signature LIGHTSTRIKE PRO foam that provides maximum energy return during your run. Additionally, it features adidas’ carbon-infused ENERGYRODS to diminish energy loss upon toeing-off. Lastly, the runner boasts a Continental compound to provide idealized traction on your next road run.
Premium running shoes are easy to come by these days, especially from up-and-coming manufacturers. That said, you’re typically better off going with a brand that’s been doing in the game for over half a century. The ADIZERO Prime x STRUNG is available on the adidas’ webshop for $300.