adidas is releasing an exciting new hybrid sneaker in the coming months. Called the Futurepacer, adidas have combined their historic Micropacer with their more recent NMD silhouette to create something seriously special.
The Micropacer was first released in 1984 and was the first ever sneaker to integrate computer technology into a shoe. It contained a micro sensor above the big toe which was triggered when the wearer pushed off the ground, with the computer sensing distance, average pace and calories burned. All this information was displayed on the Micropacer’s small screen, which was attached to the upper of the shoe.
The small screen was only one of the sneaker's futuristic aspects though. The Micropacer also boasted silver-gilt leather and unusual lace covers which ushered in a new era of technology-enhanced athletic performance. Despite its technological advancement, the Micropacer was a commercial flop due to its steep price and being terribly heavy. However, adidas re-released the original Micropacer in the OG futuristic silver in 2015 and the nostalgia was well received.
The adidas NMD silhouette released in 2015 under the Originals banner and utilised popular technology like BOOST and Primeknit. The silhouette draws inspiration from the Boston Super, Micropacer and Rising Star, as well as 80s adidas colours in general. The Micropacer's pods are the most recognisable aspect on the NMD sole unit. The silhouette has seen extreme popularity since its release, with loads of colourways and variations of the NMD model like the XR1, R2 and City Sock being released by adidas too.
The Futurepacer combines the best of both the Micropacer and the NMD worlds to create something that is new, but is still recognisable as something iconic from the past. This 2018 hybrid maintains the Micropacer’s signature tongue tab, overall silhouette and futuristic design, while removing the computer chip. What’s new is a streamlined panel design that strips away the Three Stripes branding and astro-silver colorway, and the addition of a full-length NMD BOOST sole unit for the best of modern sneaker technology.
Stayed tuned to Shelflife for release info regarding the adidas Futurepacer.