Keen footwear is known for creating styles that adapt easily to both the trails and the city. With that design philosophy in mind, the brand recently debuted the Keen Versatrail, a lightweight trail runner and speed hiker built for both outdoor trekking and casual wear.
The Versatrail puts comfort in each step with a dual density EVA midsole, a lightweight mesh upper and an Ariaprene foam tongue. Ariaprene allows the shoe to breathe while maintaining a snug fit. Multiple colorways give the Versatrail its adaptable style, from evocative reds and greens to stylish all-purpose blacks and grays.
The Keen Versatrail is available in men’s, women’s and kids’ sizes at the Keen website and outdoor footwear retailers.
For decades the Nike ACG line has brought urban chic to sport utility footwear, and few ACG shoes have been more influential than the Air Mowabb. First released in 1991, the Mowabb’s speckled outsole and eye-catching upper pattern became icons for a generation of sneaker design.
To celebrate 25 years of ACG innovation, the Nike Air Mowabb made a comeback in 2015, featuring all-new colorways and materials. The bootie of the new Air Mowabb uses Ariaprene as a sustainable replacement for its original synthetic rubber construction. From classic Trail End Brown to the new Militia Green and All-Black colorways, Ariaprene gives the Air Mowabb its bold style and lightweight, breathable comfort.
Using non-toxic Ariaprene is helping Nike push closer towards its overall sustainability goals. Innovations like Flyknit manufacturing and the Making App allow designers to make eco-friendly choices in materials and methods. Nike’s continued efforts to reduce their impact are setting a powerful example for major apparel companies looking to step up their sustainability game.
An icon in the world of running shoes, the New Balance brand is known for boldly moving forward, a philosophy that drives both its product innovations and its efforts towards sustainability. In 2015, Ariaprene was thrilled to support New Balance on both fronts, as the company launched its first and critically acclaimed ventures into soccer, the Visaro and the Furon.
The Visaro and Furon build on New Balance’s tested knowledge of lightweight athletic footwear as well as insights from professionals like Aaron Ramsey and Vincent Kompany. For the Visaro Pro FG, New Balance chose Ariaprene to create a breathable mesh upper with a range of striking colorways. The upper conforms tightly and comfortably to the foot, giving players intuitive, razor-sharp midfield control.
Ariaprene’s earth-friendly features are also helping New Balance achieve its core sustainability goals. The brand employs an in-house chemistry team to restrict toxic substances and maintain a list of environmentally preferred materials like Ariaprene for use in design and production. To affirm their commitment to a cleaner world, New Balance and others have joined the ZDHC group, working to reduce their discharge of hazardous chemicals to zero by 2020.
Ariaprene is about striking a balance with nature. Last year Quiksilver released the AG47 New Wave bonded 19” boardshorts, tailored with leading-edge, eco-friendly materials like Ariaprene to help preserve the oceans that surfers love.
The AG47 boardshorts include a non-toxic Ariaprene synthetic rubber waistband with an eye-catching perforated mesh pattern. The waistband is performance fit, joined with a cinch tie closure to fit snugly around the hips. Ariaprene boosts the lightweight, quick-drying features of the AG47, alongside Quiksilver’s Dry Flight 4-way stretch material, and Repreve post-consumer recycled polyester, which keeps up to eleven plastic water bottles out of landfills with each pair.
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.