It’s no surprise that a generation who grew up in sneakers expects the same level of comfort from their work boots. That’s why Carhartt developed the Carhartt Force footwear series, durable work boots designed to mimic the athletics of a modern running shoe.
To make this hybrid design a reality, the Carhartt Force shoes use innovative materials like Ariaprene, a non-toxic synthetic rubber that has become a staple of athletic footwear. Ariaprene gives the Carhartt Force its breathable mesh lining, working in tandem with other moisture wicking features to keep the foot dry throughout the work day. It also helps boot achieve its lightweight feel, while maintaining the standard safety features of a traditional work boot.
The Carhartt Force series with Ariaprene lining is available now through Carhartt.com.
Serena Williams Serves Up the NikeCourt Flare Tennis Shoe
In tennis, the difference between winning and losing hinges, literally, on a player’s ankles and wrists.
Just ask Serena Williams. After 20 major singles championships, the 33-year-old veteran is virtually indomitable. But even Williams has voiced fears about repeating the ankle injuries she incurred in recent years, which had the potential to slow her astounding 86% win record.
The NikeCourt Flare is a lightweight tennis shoe with a form-fitting Ariaprene® ankle cuff. With its elastic, breathable fit and its quick recovery and response, the Ariaprene® cuff melds intuitively with the NikeCourt Flare’s minimalist design, reminiscent of Nike’s legendary Kobe series. The cuff extends into a secondary bootie inside the shoe, providing integrated ankle support from the ground up.
In an interview with Nike.com, Williams credits the Ariaprene® cuff for giving her greater confidence and physical awareness. “Mentally,” says Williams, “when you have something around your ankle, it kind of feels like it has more balance on it.”
This sense of balance comes from the kung fu principle of “unencumbered flexibility,” an idea that inspired Cooper to reach out to Ariaprene® for the NikeCourt Flare’s cuff design.
“This cuff,” says Cooper, “enables the shoe to be more connected to you mentally, so you are more aware of what is on your foot, and this becomes more an extension of your own personal self.”
The Nike Huarache 2K Filth was created for a new kind of baseball athlete. Focused on lightweight fit and performance, Nike has once again delivered a product that matches the new generation’s expectations on the diamond.
The Huarache cleat’s upper features an inventive Ariaprene bootie that provides lockdown support for a comfortable feel throughout the athlete’s entire season.
In 1992, footwear legends Tinker Hatfield and Eric Avar introduced this new technology that concentrated on footwear acting as a true extension of the human body. Since its birth Huarache technology has been adapted to provide superior comfort and fit across various sports such as basketball and football.
Nike established the Huarache baseball line in 2005 and has been a leader in innovation for the sport ever since its inception. To learn more about the Nike Huarache 2K Filth, check out Nike.com.
Fun in the Sun Kids’ Sandals
Sunny days are finally here, which means having fun in the sun and going on adventures with the family. Sunny days also mean it is time to protect your kid’s skin from sunburns. Besides using sunscreen, hats and shades, how do children protect their feet in the summertime? The answer sits with Nike. Nike actually came out with a baby, toddler and young kid sandal called Sunray Protect for sunny playtime protection.
Made with a lightweight midsole and soft VELCRO adjustable strap, this sandal makes for a cozy fit for any active boy or girl. These unique, vibrant sandals are built for comfort and withstanding warm-weather, making this shoe extremely durable. On the outside there is a molded rubber outsole for the best traction a sandal can have, and on the inside there is a phylon midsole to create maximum cushioning. Hypoallergenic Ariaprene uppers add to the outside protection and help make a comfortable snug fit.
Parent-approved and kid-loved, these unique sandals are built for comfort and withstanding warm-weather, making this sandal extremely durable and fun for any kid!
Merrell Women’s All Out Bold Mary Jane Hiker
The All Out Bold by Merrell is a lightweight mary jane hiker with form-fitting comfort, durable grip and a sharp minimalist design. With a breathable, odor-control mesh upper featuring Ariaprene foam and a resilient UniFly™ midsole, the All Out Bold responds intuitively to the most rugged terrain. Combined with the reliable traction of the M Select GRIP outsole, the All Out Bold is flexible, agile footwear made for weekends in the great outdoors.
Among hikers and climbers, the name Arc’teryx is synonymous with quality. Known for their durable laminated textiles, the North Vancouver-based company is a leading innovator in comfort and climate management for outdoor enthusiasts. Now the brand debuts its groundbreaking ventures in the realm of performance footwear.
This spring, Arc’teryx introduced their first two footwear lines, the low-cut Arcux FL alpine approach shoe and mid-cut Bora technical hiking shoe. The upper combines four hydrophobic layers using Arc’teryx’s seamless laminated technologies, and the Vibram outsole provides a secure grip on rough terrain.
One awesome aspect of the Arc’teryx shoes is the separately constructed Adaptive Fit stretch mesh bootie made with Ariaprene. In lieu of a traditional tongue, the bootie provides a snug, custom fit around the entire foot, while the reduction of glue points and seams eliminates any uncomfortable pressure points. Space between the bootie and the interior of the shoe increases air circulation and moisture wicking for maximum climate control. The bootie can also be worn independently as camp slippers while inside tents and around campsites.
For a colorful showcase of Ariaprene™ key features, look no further than the Sebago Dockside Neoprene boat shoe. This charming maritime design takes advantage of a full Ariaprene™ upper for superior, water-friendly comfort. With bright colors to suit the season, Ariaprene™ lends modern vibrancy to classic nautical features like 360° drawstring lacing and detailed moccasin-style stitching. Its flexible fit on top of a thin, slip-resistant rubber outsole makes the Dockside Neoprene a practical, stylish boat shoe to round out customers’ seaside ensembles.
The Sebago Dockside Neoprene was released this year to exceptional customer reviews. For more information and purchasing, visit the Sebago website.
Nike Air Max Tailwind 7 Women’s Running Shoe
For decades, Air-Sole units have visualized Nike’s revolution in athletic outsole cushioning. The tradition of innovation continues with the Nike Air Max Tailwind 7 women’s running shoe. On top of the classic Air-Sole unit outsole is a breathable mesh upper featuring Ariaprene™ foam on the quarter panels and toe box. With engineered perforation for optimal ventilation and strategic support, Ariaprene™ contributes to the Tailwind 7’s minimal stitching, durability and lightweight fit. Combined with a Cushlon midsole, the shoe provides uncompromising comfort and stability for avid runners.The Nike Air Max Tailwind 7 is available now at the Nike website.
Pro Skater Means Pro Design
We are excited to see more shoes made with different sports and activities in mind. The Nike SB Eric Koston Huarache is the latest design to hit the market designed for skating.
Pro skateboarder Eric Koston designed these intriguing shoes for the active skateboarder and beyond. Skating since 1986, Koston knows what’s needed in a skate shoe. He was also inspired by other classic Nike shoes to create this minimalistic look.
The new-but-old design is lightweight and comfortable so you can cruise around with ease. The Huaraches are built with a supportive rubber heel strap and strong tread so you can try new tricks. Ariaprene mesh quarter panels, tongue and heel bring the shoe together and provide maximum breathability, making this Nike skate shoe stand out above the rest.
These bold blue shoes are sold at Nike.com, Premier and several major retail stores, so check them out today! To see more products made with Ariaprene, check out our Gallery.