Adidas unveils running shoe with springs - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Adidas unveils running shoe with springs

Posted: Updated:
Photo courtesy Adidas America Photo courtesy Adidas America
Adidas' website graphic introducing the Springblade. Adidas' website graphic introducing the Springblade.
MYFOXNY.COM -

Sports apparel and shoe company Adidas has just announced a new running shoe that claims it will release more energy every stride you take on the road to the finish line. How? With 16 "high-tech" plastic so-called Energy Blades instead of the usual foam midsole.

The shoe is called (what else) the Springblade.

"The highly elastic blades instantaneously react to any environment, compressing and releasing energy to create an efficient push-off that feels like you have springs under your feet," the company claims in a press release.

But does that concept really work? Runner's World magazine, which conducts extensive tests on running shoes, is skeptical. Although RW hasn't yet thoroughly tested the shoe, it points out that "gains from energy return may be offset by the added weight of the shoe." The shoe is set to weigh in at 12.8 ounces, three ounces heavier than the company's other springy shoe called the Energy Boost.

Adidas introduced the shoe this week with the hashtag #springblade and an email signup form on its website so that runners can get in a virtual line to buy the shoes as soon as they come out.

The Springblade will be available on August 1 and retail for $200, according to the press release. That's a significant premium above even some of the most expensive running shoes on the market already. For example, the top-of-the-line shoe model from Newtown costs $175. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS, one of the best-selling shoes at running specialty stores, retails for a comparatively reasonable $110.

  • Your MoneyMore>>

  • Facebook tries satire label

    Facebook tries satire label

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:32:56 GMT
    We've all fallen for at least one joke in our lives, probably some internet hoax meant to get a rise out of people. But now Facebook is trying to stop the spread of those fake jokes and stories. When you get the day's headlines from your social media news feed, it can be a challenge to figure out what might be made up or what might be the shocking truth.
    We've all fallen for at least one joke in our lives, probably some internet hoax meant to get a rise out of people. But now Facebook is trying to stop the spread of those fake jokes and stories. When you get the day's headlines from your social media news feed, it can be a challenge to figure out what might be made up or what might be the shocking truth.
  • Report: Facebook, Google want your kids

    Report: Facebook, Google want your kids

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:22:36 GMT
    Kids already spend plenty of time on computers and smart phones. Now Google reportedly wants to get youngsters set up with their own Gmail and YouTube accounts. Some parents told us they aren't thrilled with the idea. Currently, Internet companies such as Google and Facebook do not offer their services to children under 13, but many youngsters and their parents find a workaround.
    Kids already spend plenty of time on computers and smart phones. Now Google reportedly wants to get youngsters set up with their own Gmail and YouTube accounts. Some parents told us they aren't thrilled with the idea. Currently, Internet companies such as Google and Facebook do not offer their services to children under 13, but many youngsters and their parents find a workaround.
  • NJ weighs gambling outside Atlantic City

    NJ weighs gambling outside Atlantic City

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 3:32 PM EDT2014-08-19 19:32:06 GMT
    Momentum to shift some gambling away from Atlantic City increased Tuesday as a state senator introduced plans for a constitutional amendment that would put slot machines at New Jersey's four horse racing tracks, a business group increased its planning for an anticipated full-blown casino at the Meadowlands sports complex and the state gave final approval for the Showboat to shut down.
    Momentum to shift some gambling away from Atlantic City increased Tuesday as a state senator introduced plans for a constitutional amendment that would put slot machines at New Jersey's four horse racing tracks, a business group increased its planning for an anticipated full-blown casino at the Meadowlands sports complex and the state gave final approval for the Showboat to shut down.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices