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Footwear December, 12 2013

adidas Element Refine JS

Taking a simple and minimal design approach this time, adidas presents its new Element Refine JS running shoe as a limited pre-holiday release. The German brand’s answer to the natural running trend, the Element Refine JS does not only convince by the looks, but also features some of the latest technical innovations of the brand.

“Element Refine features two attractive shoe models: one made from tricot woven fabric in two colourways, and a winter-focused sleek suede black version. Adhering to the ethos ‘less is more’ – from the printed external label to the rubber one-piece outsole component – every detail has been accounted for. Both shoes take influence from Primeknit’s sustainable paradigm in which minimal waste is key; the upper is cut flat and lock-stitched together origami-style, wrapping around the foot for pattern efficiency and durability. Stripping back elements such as the sockliner and strobal board not only ensures a super lightweight shoe, but increased stability, as the foot is positioned lower to the ground.

The mesh version is breathable with printed 3-Stripes that works with the lacing to brace the midfoot. The second silhouette uses Japanese suede that is both stretchy and durable; on these, the 3-Stripes is perforated for breathability, which also contributes to the shoe’s clean aesthetic.”

Produced in limited numbers, the adidas Element Refine JS collection will be available exclusively at Icon concept stores across Europe: No.74 Berlin, No.6 London, and No.42 Paris, starting Saturday, December 14.

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