Iman Shumpert & The adidas Springblade

Iman Shumpert & The adidas Springblade

words // Brandon Richard

Last offseason, Iman Shumpert was focused on recovering from a season-ending tear to his left ACL. With a healthy year of hoops and a deep playoff run under his belt, Shumpert is using this summer to take his game to the next level.

To make that happen, he’s been training in adidas’ brand new running shoe — the Springblade. With 16 individually tuned blades on the outsole, the Springblade propels runners forward with each stride. Other tech features include TECHFIT construction, an air mesh tongue and a band of power in the heel.

If you want to train like the pros, you can pick up these new adidas running shoes here today.

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Iman Shumpert & The adidas Springblade

C.J. Spiller Preps For Week 1 In adidas Springblade

C.J. Spiller Preps For Week 1 In adidas Springblade

words // Brandon Richard

If there was a bright spot to be found in the Buffalo Bills‘ rough 2012 NFL season, it had to be the play of third-year running back C.J. Spiller. Playing in all 16 games, Spiller set new career marks in carries (207), yards (1,244), average per carry (6.0) and touchdowns (6). According to reports out of training camp, Spiller will be heavily featured in this year’s Buffalo offense, apparently set to carry the rock until he “throws up.” Let’s hope that’s just meant figuratively.

To prepare for what he hopes is another career best season, Spiller is training hard for Week 1 in the brand new adidas Springblade running shoe. Officially launched last week, the Springblade is highlighted by individually tuned blades on the outsole, designed to propel runners forward with each stride. The Springblade is available in a variety of men’s and women’s colorways now.

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C.J. Spiller Preps For Week One In adidas Springblade

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Introducing The adidas Springblade

Introducing The adidas Springblade

adidas Springblade Men's Infrared Metallic Silver Black (1)

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via Press Release

Today, adidas officially introduces the SpringBlade, the first running shoe with individually tuned blades engineered to propel runners forward with one of the industry’s most effective running returns.

While most runners feature an EVA midsole that vertically delivers energy return, the SpringBlade features 16 forward angled blades made out of high-tech polymer. The elastic blades react to any environment, compressing and releasing energy to create an efficient, springy push-off.

“SpringBlade’s progressive look and blade technology are radically different than any running shoe ever created,” said James Carnes, Global Creative Director of Performance at adidas.  “At the same time, adidas’ goal is to create a beautiful performance shoe designed to be simple and intuitive.”

Carnes continued, “Every aspect of SpringBlade is engineered to reflect extensive athlete insights to help make them better.  For design inspiration, we drew upon everyday objects that deliver explosive energy return – everything from springboards to pole vaults and motorcycle suspensions.”

Each blade is precisely tuned in geometry, thickness and position for each phase of a runner’s stride to provide support and a full range of movement. Additionally, Springblade’s flexible construction was designed to hug the top of a runner’s foot, locking it in to harness the energy returned from the springs on the outsole.

“adidas is continuing to develop new innovations based on what athletes not only need but demand,” said Mikal Peveto, director of running at adidas America.  “We know we have something special with BOOST cushioning introduced earlier this year and we’re confident SpringBlade will set us apart from the competition once again.”

Peveto continued, “Six years in the making, Springblade provides one of the highest energy returns in the industry.”

Hundreds of materials were tested by aIT (adidas Innovation Team) to ensure each spring produced maximum energy efficiency with every step. Ballistics tests were also conducted to maintain long-lasting durability. SpringBlade is seven times more temperature resistant than shoes with adidas’ standard EVA cushioning.

These innovative adidas running shoes are now available in men’s, women’s and boys’ colorways.

Available: adidas Springblade

adidas Springblade Men's Infrared Metallic Silver Black (2)

adidas Springblade Men's Infrared Metallic Silver Black (4)

adidas Springblade Men's Infrared Metallic Silver Black (9)

adidas Springblade Men's Infrared Metallic Silver Black (6)

adidas Springblade Men's Infrared Metallic Silver Black (8)

adidas Springblade Black Electricity

adidas Springblade Metallic Silver Scarlet

adidas Springblade Women's Metallic Silver Blue Beauty

adidas Springblade Women's Blast Pink (7)

adidas Springblade Women's Blast Pink (1)

adidas Springblade Women's Blast Pink (3)