The Adidas Springblade is the first running shoe with individually tuned blades engineered to help propel runners forward.

This technically thrilling and radical design by adidas is carried by 16 forward angled blades made out of a high-tech polymer, as opposed to standard EVA midsoles that deliver energy return in a vertical direction. Springblade features highly elastic blades that instantaneously react to any environment, compressing and releasing energy to create an efficient push-off that feels like you have springs under your feet providing explosive energy.

“Springblade’s progressive look and blade technology are radically different  from 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.”

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.

“It’s a unique and progressive technology that appeals to a consumer concerned with form, function and fashion said Philip Venter,  Sports Marketing Manager, Running and Training at adidas South Africa..

Springblade suggested retail price: R 2 299.00