The sneaker pimps at Adidas have engineered one of the greatest advancements in athleticshoe technology since the mid’s — when Peter Moore mixed a dash of air with agenerous helping of Jordan. The Springblades feature small protuberances along the bottom of each shoe. Adidas Football Boots, Inspired by springboards and motorcycle suspension systems, theelasticpolymer blades snap back with almost the same amount of force you put into them, leading to a more efficient stride. As a funky scifi bonus, the blades are mostlytransparent. So not only does it feel like you’re running on air, it kind of looks like it too.Today Adidas introduced a running shoe, Springblade, and it's perfect for everyone. Don’t like to run? No problem, these will make it easier. Follow a regular Tuesdayspeedwork, Thursdayfartleks, Sundaylongrun routine? Then these will make you go faster. Sounds too good to be true, right?Mikal Peveto, Adidas Football Boots director of running at Adidas America, says the shoe is modeled almost like a springboard used in gymnastics. “The bottom of the shoe is designed with energycapsules that I describe as 'flubber meets the everlasting gobstopper,'” he says. “You get the same feeling in these shoes at five miles that you do at miles—we know thatbecause we’ve tested it.”The shoe's sole features forwardangled blades made of a hightech polymer—or, as Peveto describes it, a magical indestructible flubberlike matter—that are arrangespecifically to the position of each phase of a typical running stride.“The way these are made are so that at first impact you absorb energy, then at middistance you maintain it, and then the rest of the foot strike you use to propel forward,”Peveto says. “The blades are turned under the first and second toe to give you that engagement, to propel you forward.”And unlike most typical foam shoes, which feature the same design for all sizes, Adidas Football Shoes, a size Springblade and a size are different, as are the women's from the men's.Negative publicity and charges of racism have forced Adidas to give the boot to the Y HUF shoe in its "Yellow" line. The backlash caused by the bucktoothed, slantyeyedcaricature featured on the shoe proved too racy for Adidas’s young, hip and cool imagemaking.In a statement released April , the company acknowledges it made a mistake. "We sincerely apologize for any offence our product has caused," Adidas Football Shoes. "We deeplyregret the misinterpretation of our intentions."The intention, according the media release, was to offer upandcoming artists the opportunity to flaunt their work. Queen’s University business faculty member Ken Wong says streetlevel creations (the Y HUF is designed by San Fran graffitti artist Barry "Twist" McGee) give products youthcred.But highlevel managers at Adidas should have known better than to adopt the image for its international market and not expect some sort of backlash, Adidas Football Cleats, even if the shoe was meantfor only a dozen boutiques around the world, each described by Adidas as "wellregarded within the street art community.""For Adidas to do this, quite frankly, is phenomenally stupid."Wong says that while issuing a formal apology was the honourable thing to do, he can’t help but feel it was only an attempt by Adidas to divorce itself from the controversy. Wong says he would be more convinced if the company contributed profits from the brand to a cause that raises some sort of awareness around race.No word on whether Adidas will follow that course. NOW’s calls were not returned.But while the shoe is off the shelf, pairs are still available for sale on eBay, where they’re going for $ (U.S.) compared to their original $ (U.S.) price tag.Inintended or not, the shoe looks like it’s destined for collector’sitem status.In my line of work, I test a lot of sneakers. And as far as running shoes go, the industry tends to follow certain trends: minimalist, zerodrop, neon colors, Adidas Predator Football Boots, you get thepicture. Plus, don't get me wrong, I love testing out and analyzing the differences between new shoes, but sometimes there's just not much unique to say about them. Adidas'sbrandnew, groundbreaking Springblade shoe, on the other hand? Lots to say and lots to gawk at, too.What unites Naomi Campbell, Run DMC, Noel Gallagher and Jade Jagger? Trainers. More specifically, adidas trainers. Their collectables – along with other pairs of vintage,deadstock and other rarities – are now on show at #Spezial, a popup exhibition at the Hoxton Gallery, curated by ardent adidas fan and brand consultant Gary Aspden.Aspden and his team trawled the country, knocking on doors and requesting trainers from only the most passionate fans – all the while collecting an array of personal storiesand experiences from sneaker freaks of every subculture who’ve partied through the ages with adidas on their feet. Aspden spoke to Wonderland about curating the show and theunlikeliest of trainer fans – Adidas Football Boots.