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Breathability is the highlight of the Focusbreathein’s design, so its upper unit features a thin, almost see-through mesh that has exaggerated ventilation holes. Reinforcing this part of the shoe are stitched-on overlays and a blanket of a net-like material that prevents debris from entering the interior chamber. A lightweight midsole foam works with a rubber outsole to deliver a confident underfoot experience.

The Adidas Focusbreathein is optimized for the female foot and is available in women's sizes. There have been reports of a restrictive forefoot section and a call for a size-up when getting a pair. Based on these facts, runners are advised to make adjustments to their purchase selection accordingly. The whole design seeks to mimic the natural shape and movement capacity of the human foot.

A rubber compound covers the whole bottom of the platform. The job of this material is to protect the foam from the abrasive nature of the ground. It also makes sure to provide traction because the running session deserves surface control and confidence in the movement.

Bounce Lite is the technology that is used for the midsole unit of this Adidas running shoe. The job of this full-length accoutrement is to provide constant support with every step. Impact attenuation is also doled out by this feature, thereby allowing the foot to remain safe from the potential unpleasantness of the landing shock.

A sockliner is placed right on top of the main cushioning feature and its job is to provide a soft and comfortable surface that the foot can enjoy at all times. Its thin profile allows it to remain incognito, thus preserving the lightness and flexibility of the platform. It can be removed or replaced with a new one if the wearer wants to do so.

The upper unit of the Adidas Focusbreathein uses an open-weave mesh that is also thin yet stretchy. This material is meant to provide a next-to-skin coverage that is form-welcoming and accommodating of natural motion. Its obvious breathing holes allow environmental air to enter the interior chamber, thereby bringing coolness and dryness to the surroundings of the foot. Highly breathable and lightweight uppers grace many Adidas series such as the Adizero Boston.

Synthetic prints reinforce the fabrics. These elements ensure that the upright position of the silhouette is preserved while also helping the cover system when it comes to hugging the foot and keeping it in place.

A blanket of net-like material covers the open-weave textile. This thin membrane is tasked with protecting the foot-compartment from getting infiltrated by debris on the road.


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