Facts

  • Use

    Workout

    Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes

    CrossFit

    Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes

    Weightlifting

    Heavy-duty shoes with a wedge and an elevated heel that create a sturdy platform and promote ankle mobility. See weightlifting shoes

    Walking

    Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes

  • Arch support

    Neutral

    For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes

    Stability

    For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes

    Motion control

    Shoes feature stabilizing technologies for people with severe overpronation. See motion control training shoes

    Good to know

    Stability and motion control add-ons are uncommon for workout shoes and are never present in CrossFit or weightlifting footwear. They are mostly found in walking shoes where the gait is easier to correct.

  • Price
    $100
  • Weight
    Men: 9.6oz
    Women: 7.8oz

    Weight

    Training footwear typically weighs between 200g and 300g per shoe to accommodate agile workouts. Minimalist trainers go as low as 150g, while weightlifting shoes can go as high as 500g.

  • Width
    Men: Standard
    Women: Standard
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Updates to The North Face Litewave Ampere II

  • The Litewave Ampere II is a combination of support and breathability inside a shoe that aims to prevent injury while maximizing energy return. It is a training shoe that also excels at climbing.
  • The upper’s design has undergone a revamp compared to the first Litewave Ampere. This version uses lighter materials and features a minimalist layout.
  • Meanwhile, the midsole retains the foam material of its predecessor, which is compression-molded ethylene-vinyl acetate (CMEVA). This foam easily withstands dynamic movements.
  • The outsole is the UltrATAC rubber compound. It now features an updated pattern to ensure traction on a variety of surfaces.

The North Face Litewave Ampere II size and fit

This training shoe is offered in various size options and runs true to size. The shoe’s construction is ideal for people with a narrow to moderate foot volume. It is available in medium for both the men’s and women’s versions.

Outsole

The outsole of this shoe uses the UltrATAC rubber. The ATAC in its name stands for all-terrain, all-condition, which implies that the outsole capably handles any environment. Either smooth or rough surface, or wet or dry condition, the rubber is made to bring sufficient traction.

The outsole design features three unique patterns. The first is an S-shaped chevron pattern that starts on the lateral side of the forefoot and ends on the medial side of the heel. This shape directs the energy for smooth forward propulsion. The second is a set of tripod-shaped lugs in the center of the outsole for significant traction while running. Lastly, there are stripes on the high-wear areas to keep the outsole sturdy.

Midsole

Using compression-molded EVA, the midsole of the Litewave Ampere II gives the underfoot a lightweight and comfortable protection. It is also created to be shock-absorbent and resilient, thus allowing a responsive stride and a durable sole unit.

There is a removable OrthoLite sock liner on top of the midsole, providing additional cushioning, as well as promoting foot hygiene with its antibacterial property.

Upper

The breathable dual-mesh upper supplies the foot with ventilation, keeping it dry and odor-free. The internal lining is also made of mesh, working as a moisture-wicking element.

Synthetic overlays are placed for support, assisting the foot during lateral movements. Meanwhile, on the medial side of the midfoot are 3D-printed panels that offer a framework as well.

The heel cup features the Cradle technology, a natural shock-absorber that also cushions and stabilizes the foot, resulting in an anatomically-correct stride. The Cradle supports the perimeter of the heel and ensures that the fatty tissues under the bursa are correctly positioned.


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