Out­er Sole: Spe­cial­ized rub­ber man­u­fac­tur­ers like Vibram offer durable treads for hik­ing and portag­ing over rough ter­rain. Stealth Rub­ber, fea­tured in Five Ten climb­ing shoes and Astral riv­er shoes, is designed to stick to rocks to keep you on your feet in the cur­rent. You can spend days research­ing rub­bers but at the end of the day, rep­utable brands use excel­lent pro­pri­etary sole mate­ri­als.
It's no secret that the Air Max 270 Bowfin is one of the stranger silhouettes that released this year, but it suddenly made sense when we caught the Atomic Violet colorway. The shoes are wild: The uppers are a mess of materials with an attached tongue, a ribbon-constructed lacing system that culminates in a lacelock, and even a ripstop top that acts as a shield for the rest of the shoe. The sole is a triumph on its own: texture and line come together with a bright mudguard, and then a 270-degree air bubble at the heel. There are subtler colorways of the kicks, but with a blend of lavender, pink, mustard, white, and black, the details of the shoe are elevated and we get to see what makes it truly unique.
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