Adidas X_PLRBOOST Shoes

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The wonder of adidas’ X_PLRBOOST Shoes is that so much complex technology goes into them, but the result is easy, uncomplicated, and downright natural. You don’t feel these mechanisms at work, you just know that you’re suddenly lithe, agile, and can launch from zero to 60 in seconds. Visually, the mix of textures, from weaving to jelly to divoted, gives an almost unreal aesthetic, like well-designed emojis in the real world.

Here’s what’s giving you that boost. You’ve got a midsole responding to every nuanced step, a smoothing-out system built to fill in the gaps after your heel hits the ground and transitions to your ball and toe lifting you from it, and the necessary breathability and grip you need from any trainer. Extra credit for its 50% recycled upper.

Price: $190

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