Liberated Footwear

High-performance footwear takes an unrestricted approach to its design

Implications - Designers of high-performance sports footwear have begun taking a simplistic, pared down approach to the design of such products. Whether it's by ensuring shoes are easily adjustable, or simply designing them with greater flexibility in mind, high-performance outdoor footwear is often made to mimic being barefoot, signalling a consumer preference for both natural design and feel.
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Barefoot-Mimicking Footwear - The AdiPure Training Shoes are Perfect for Avid Runners
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V. Hot 14,793 Clicks Pub: Aug 14, 13
Barefoot-Mimicking Footwear
The AdiPure Training Shoes are Perfect for Avid Runners
The women’s AdiPure training shoes are ideal for marathon enthusiasts. These super sleek runners create an experience that makes the wearer feel as though they’re running barefoot and... [More]
Unrestricted Running Sandals - The NikeLab Free Rift Sandal is a Flexible Footwear Hybrid
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V. Hot 6,050 Clicks Pub: May 6, 15
Unrestricted Running Sandals
The NikeLab Free Rift Sandal is a Flexible Footwear Hybrid
The NikeLab Free Rift Sandal is a reiteration of the 1996 Air Rift, the international sportswear brand’s attempt to create a running shoe devoid of unnecessary restrictions. Although a hybrid... [More]
Leightweght Beach Loafers - Cole Haan Unveiled a Redesigned Penny Loafer for the Summer Season
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Hot 3,081 Clicks Pub: Jun 16, 15
Leightweght Beach Loafers
Cole Haan Unveiled a Redesigned Penny Loafer for the Summer Season
Cole Haan has created a gorgeous line of men’s footwear called ‘The Pinch Weekender’ featuring a classic summer look. This shoe is a reinvention of the classic penny loafer into a... [More]
Sock-Inspired Shoes - These Fitted Shoes Feature More Protection Than Traditional Runners
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Hot 2,215 Clicks Pub: Aug 13, 15
Sock-Inspired Shoes
These Fitted Shoes Feature More Protection Than Traditional Runners
The Swiss Barefoot Company recently launched a new line of fitted shoes that look like socks, but offer more protection than conventional runners. One of the most important reasons for wearing shoes... [More]
Wrap-Around Footwear - 'Vibram' Created This Perfect-Fitting Shoe Called 'Furoshik'
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Mild 919 Clicks Pub: Jun 18, 15
Wrap-Around Footwear
'Vibram' Created This Perfect-Fitting Shoe Called 'Furoshik'
Vibram has created a shoe called Furoshiki that will perfectly fit any foot. Furoshiki means “wrapping” in the Japanese culture. This shoe is a scarf-life piece of footwear that... [More]
Sand Sport Sneakers - 4Beach Soccer Shoes Make Coastal Kicking Comfortable for the Feet
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Untested 7,701 Clicks Pub: Nov 15, 11
Sand Sport Sneakers
4Beach Soccer Shoes Make Coastal Kicking Comfortable for the Feet
The feeling of running and playing on the shoreline fills people with thoughts of youthful liberation and leisure and there's at least one way to help your body experience the same contentment. A friendly… [More]