Adidas Springblade Running Shoe | All Fun & Games Until You Try Going Backwards

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Adidas PR made a big fuss about the launch of their next running show today. Premiering on August 1st for a whopping $180, these kicks are dubbed the Springblade, and are touted as the first running shoe with individually tuned blades engineered to help propel runners forward with one of the most effective energy returns in the industry.

Unlike standard EVA midsoles they features 16 forward angled blades made out of a high-tech polymer. (teaser – notice the word forward was used…) 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. To read the release you’d never really consider the items utter failure, but luckily some common sense on my part coupled with a well timed twitpic @CJSPILLER yield two very important lessons: a) When not placed at precisely the right angle, these…

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