Much like Nike’s other lines, their Free Run line is also one of Nike’s own beloved my many shoe line. The whole concept of barefoot running was brought to the masses through the Free Run line. The line, which was originally engineered by Tobie Hatfield and Eric Avar was inspired by them realizing that athletes were training barefoot on the university’s golf course. Of course over the years, there’s been many discourses and studies done in this area. As it has been an interesting topic to understand more about which is better and there’s just too many factor and variables to determine which is superior.
With that, a study done in the Nike campus was done to better learn and understand the foot motion. In which they managed to understand the “natural” landing stride. As a result, an unconventional new running shoe design was created with the minimal heel to toe offset with a super Phylon flexible outsole.
Inspired by The Happy Pineapple
It’s pretty well known of Nike incorporating adorable and quirky designs to their shoes and this is no exception. Their previous offering with the popcorn inspired theme Air Force 1, which is also equally nostalgic and adorable. Nike is back at it again.
The feather weight, barefoot-simulating shoes is now taking on the Happy Pineapple theme. The shoe’s base layer’s outer suede shell is colored with a “Coconut Milk” tone. In contrast, the mesh layer which is visible through the suede’s punched out ventilation holes is accented with a “Lime Glow” shade. Pretty happy and tropical colors and fitting the theme perfectly.
Let’s not forget Nike’s iconic Swoosh, the Lime glow is also used for it and also the heel paneling, sock liners and lace loops making it a pair that’ll you have to notice. For the cream of the crop, what makes this, the Happy Pineapple. On the tongue of the shoes, the Happy Pineapple is embroidered with a little cartoony design to it. The foot bed is made of cork and features retro Nike pinwheel logos. While not forgetting the soles, it comes with trail-ready textures with a little light tan background.
Nike’s Happy Pineapple inspired shoes are expected to be released within the next few months through Nike and selected retailers.