In case you’ve missed it, shoe development has become something of an exponential arms race. Gone are the days when brands could slap together any old combination of upper and midsole and call it quits. We the people demand more from our kicks, whether it’s increased cushioning, improved response, or innovative propulsion.
As the latest offering to jump on the super shoe train, the Deckers X Lab K-ST 21 — dubbed a “hypersneaker” no less — touts some tech as futuristic as its name. For instance, it features Deckers’ all-new Carbon Bow Technology, a unique loading system designed to capture vertical landing energy and transmit it into forward motion. However, unlike the carbon-plated models flooding the running world, Deckers’ system isn’t solely for maximizing stride efficiency — it’s also an effective cushion. At the rear, the K-ST 21 sports a SwallowTail heel, reminiscent of some of subbrand HOKA’s wilder offerings. By providing a generous point of initial contact, the heel allows for a stable platform that progressively rolls through your step. When it comes to the upper, the K-ST 21 is made of a blend of materials, including Matryx midfoot wrapping, Cordura side panels, and a stretch lycra toe. Pick up the K-ST 21 today for $200.