In 1996, designer Frampton Ellis came to Adidas with a radical better approach to make the soles of its tennis shoes. Squared-off edges, he contended, were a main thrust behind moved lower legs, and ought to be supplanted by more extensive, adjusted soles that would give greater dependability to competitors. Adidas concurred and presently presented Feet You Wear, their name for the new bottom unit. Adidas went ahead to utilize these massive, adjusted soles on everything from the Forty Low Trainer to the Salvation Running Shoe. Indeed, even Kobe Bryant’s mark Adidas kicks, the Adidas KB8 III, highlighted Feet You Wear tech. In any case, FYW went torpid for some time—up to this point. This month, Adidas is bringing back these radical soles, yet refreshed with current most loved Boost innovation to give them a more 2018 feel.
NBA style swerve master Nick Young has already worn a pair of what are dubbed the “Crazy Boost You Wear” sneakers on court, though the version you see here is intended for street wear, as opposed to being a true on-court performance sneaker. In either case, both shoes, like the original, are built to allow peak natural movement of the wearer’s foot. The sole unit is cut into three parts, with each pod completely separate, which makes these one of the most comfortable high-tops you’ll find on the market in 2018. The upper retains the feel of FYW kicks from the ’90s like the Adidas Crazy 8, particularly by including that shoe’s distinct lacing system. Even more notable is the return of the Feet You Wear mascot character, who is embossed into the toe portion of the sole.
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The return of Feet You Wear on Kanye West’s Yeezy 500s and the new addition of Boost You Wear to the Three Stripes signal that the ’90s nostalgia wave isn’t slowing down in the sneaker and menswear industry at large. What’s old is new in fashion again—and with the added bonus of some fresh tech, what’s old feels even newer.