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With a textured-sock fit upper, the Adidas H.F/1.4 Primeknit material wraps around the foot in adaptive support. The sneaker also has a tongue and heel pull feature that features a camera-strap design for easy on and off. With a padded tongue and collar, the interior feel is also enhanced by the Ortholite sockliner.

With only three colorways released, the Adidas Originals H.F/1.4 Primeknit remains versatile with its white, black, and red options. This photography-inspired kick with its camera strap pull-tab accent can smoothly mix and match with joggers, pants, shorts, jeans and other casual clothes. The casual sneaker is best paired with winter clothes, but it can still be worn even during summers. This flexibility in styling makes this a favorite among sneaker enthusiasts.

While this photography-inspired sneaker seems chunky and heavy, it was built primarily for those running around town in all kinds of weather. Its photography influence can also be noticed with Hiamovi logos on the heel and sockliner. With a weatherproof insulating membrane wrapping the upper, it protects the feet from being drenched in the rain. This same weatherproof layer also keeps the feet warm even during harsh winters. Finishing the snapshot-worthy aesthetics are the reflective webbing design at the midsole and reflective detailing at the laces making the shoe stand out night and day.

Photographers tend to do various positions and stand, lean, or duck on many pavements to get the perfect shots and snap pictures on sometimes tricky angles. This sneaker has the quality of being an all-around sneaker for varied activities that can include walking, hiking, photography and just about any event because of its thick soles and lightweight Primeknit material.

Most prominent among the features of the Adidas H.F/1.4 is its Primeknit upper lined with a weatherproof insulating membrane that protects wearers from the snow during winters and being drenched in the rain. A transparent TPU overlay further elevates the soft EVA midsole for protection and durability.

Adidas, coined from a fusion of the name of its founder, Adolph Adi” Dassler, was established in the tiny Bavarian village of Herzogenaurach, Germany on August 18, 1949. Since it was founded some 70 years ago, the company has been at the forefront of footwear innovation.

From new cushioning materials to fabrics, the German shoe manufacturer has been taking off with new designs and collaborations to only cater to the needs of its millions of sneaker fans. Among the innovations introduced by Adidas is the use of Primeknit as the primary material for uppers.

Primeknit is a lightweight woven fabric used in optimal performance footwear in 2010 that reduces material wastage by fusing them into one durable fabric. The Primeknit which came up at almost the same time as Nike’s Ultra-knit lessens fusing of several common footwear materials such as leather and mesh. The process involves fusing yarn together with Adidas customizing the amount of flexibility, fit, and stability that the intended wearer needs from athletes, hip-hop stars, and just about every user it intends to make shoes. The Primeknit technology most often resembles a sock wrapped around the wearer’s feet making athletes performing faster, lighter, and at the peak of their game.

Over the past years, Primeknit as the primary material for shoemaking has been a display of superior durability and lightweight silhouettes from bestsellers like the Adidas Stan Smiths, Superstars, Yeezys, and the Adidas NMDs using the woven fabric.

Adidas released two cleat-shaped kicks in time for Fall/Winter 2017, the Adidas H. F/1.4 Primeknit, a low-top version, and the Adidas H.F/1.3 Primeknit Cleats, a high-top kick. Both designs took inspiration from photographers who run around most of the time to get the perfect angles and shots.

This photography-inspired design is best reflected by the camera strap-looking heel pull tab and the high grip hiking soles that locks a solid grip to the ground as needed by photographers who need to be mounted solidly to the floor like a tripod to take snaps. The shoes also have a waterproof membrane covering the upper letting wearers run around the city in any weather. With thick soles and a sock-like fit, the design lets you fell solidly stuck to the ground with the need stability needed to snap perfect pictures even on top of chairs or mounts with tipping off balance.

  • The Primeknit material is lined with an insulating membrane that is weatherproof preventing water from drenching the foot during rain while keeping them warm and comfortable in snowy conditions.
  • A welded Adidas 3-stripes logo, a Trefoil logo at the tongue, and a Hiamovi logo at the heel strap and sockliner complete branding detail.
  • A transparent Thermoplastic polyurethane overlay gives additional durability and protection to the upper.
  • Tongue and heel pull tabs provide easy on and off of the footwear.
  • A reflective rope lacing with tips dipped in polyurethane while also containing reflective detail at the midsole gives added visibility for the shoe at night.
  • Its premium leather heel cap adds support and durability to the heel area.
  • A thick hiking rubber outsole with a unique pattern has high traction on the wet or dry surface.


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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.