Facts

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Low Top

Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

Mid Top

Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

High Top

Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

Good to know

Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

Inspired from

Sports

Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

Casual

Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

Good to know

Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

Good to know

Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • According to a majority of reviews, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 is a super comfortable shoe. One user walked in the shoe for over 10 miles and was pleased that his feet were properly cushioned and did not ache.
  • Several users agree that the shoe is certainly unique and gives off a high-tech vibe.
  • Some testers mentioned the shoe’s charge lasted for weeks.
  • A number of reviewers noted how the shoe’s technology would be beneficial for people with debilitating diseases such as multiple sclerosis who struggle with simple tasks such as tying laces.
  • A few individuals were pleasantly surprised at how convenient it was to adjust the fit with just a simple button tap.
  • A couple of users loved how versatile the shoe was. They wore the shoes for running, walking, and doing workouts.
  • Two people cited the shoe’s style. They said it was nicely subtle with a futuristic air.
  • One buyer liked the snug feel of the shoe. He noted how every part of his foot was evenly secured, preventing unnecessary movements during exercise.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Many of those who reviewed the shoe expressed disappointment at how expensive the shoe is.
  • A few people noted that the shoe is heavier than the average cross-trainer.
  • Some people expressed apprehension that although the shoe’s motor is encased in plastic, the shoe is not waterproof nor even water-resistant.
  • One buyer mentioned how afraid he was of stepping in a puddle or being caught in a heavy downpour while wearing the shoe.
  • One person disliked the lights on the shoe, stating that the lights made it look like a child’s shoe.

Bottom line

The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 displays a great leap in shoe technology, a real-life shoe adapted from the Nike Mag in Back to The Future II. This pioneering technology combined with outstanding comfort and excellent function makes the HyperAdapt 1.0 a worthy buy...for those who can afford the astronomical price tag.


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Nike Hyperadapt 1.0 History

The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 is the result of Tinker Hatfield’s long-term dream of turning his Air Mags (the self-lacing shoes Hatfield thought up for Back to the Future II) into reality. He is Nike’s VP of design and special projects as well as the inventor of the iconic Air Max 1, Air Revolution, numerous Jordan variations, and a whole lot more.

The HyperAdapt 1.0 is a product of 28 years of brainstorming and several years of actual research and development.  It also owes a large part of its creation to Tiffany Beers, senior innovator and engineer at Nike who is responsible for making the technology work. After many delays, blown deadlines, and numerous failed prototypes, the HyperAdapt was finally released in limited quantities on the first day of December 2016.

The shoe is named for the technology used, the “adaptive fit.” The adaptive fit system, which uses a motor, sensor, battery, and cable, adjusts the shoe’s fit based on pressure. The shoe tightens around the foot until it senses friction points. A pair of buttons on the shoe’s collar will loosen and tighten the fit of the shoe according to your liking.

The design of the HyperAdapt 1.0 is largely inspired by the movie. Wall-E. The shoe features the name E.A.R.L. (for Electro Adaptive Reactive Lacing) on the shoe’s tongue which is a nod to the Pixar movie’s way of naming characters. The light up midsole is reminiscent of E.V.E.’s LEDs while the sole mirrors Wall-E’s tire tread.

The first (limited) public release of the HyperAdapt featured a black colorway while a white one was produced exclusively for friends and family. A second release in the middle of December included a silver colorway along with the original black. The black color was again reissued in August 2017 followed by several new colorways in September and October.

A second version, the HyperAdapt 2.0, is currently being developed and it will be specific to basketball.

Nike Hyperadapt 1.0 Style

The HyperAdapt’s look is stylish but not too radical with a definite futuristic vibe.  It can be easily paired with jeans and shorts. If you’re a woman, the shoe will look good with leggings and workout clothes.

Fit & Sizing

The HyperAdapt is only offered in men’s sizes which range from 5 to 14. For women’s sizes, buyers are advised to convert by adding 1.5 to the man’s size. For example, a size 6 in men is equivalent to 7.5 in women’s sizes.

Notable Features

What makes the HyperAdapt 1.0 stand out is, of course, its adaptive fit technology that detects the wearer’s foot position, registers the weight, and then tightens around the shape of the feet. The buttons on each side of the collar, meanwhile, lets the wearer fine-tune the fit.

Additional Info

  • The HyperAdapt 1.0 utilizes a lithium-ion battery and a cinching motor in the shoe’s sole.
  • The shoes come with a USB wall adapter and a magnetic charging puck.
  • Batteries take around three hours to fully charge. The light along the bottom of the shoe shows the battery level.
  • Battery status of the shoe can be checked by pressing one of the side buttons. The light will show different colors to show how much charge is left.
  • The shoe will always retain a bit of reserve power for a last unlacing to prevent you from getting stuck.
  • The shoe weighs around 14.4 oz.