By Jake Woolf.
Adidas has been killing it with the old school-new school mashups lately. For proof look no further than models like the Primeknit Boost Stan Smith or the brand new Primeknit Gazelle. They're silhouettes that are perfect for guys who want some next-gen comfort in their lives but don't want to look like they've just run off the set of a sci-fi movie. Mostly this has meant the brand tweaking its 1980s tennis and soccer models, but now the three stripes has taken on the Adidas Iniki Runner Boost—delivering a modern version of the brand's classic 1970s runner, the Iniki Runner.
The Adidas Iniki Runner Boost has the classic retro shape that you may have also seen on older running shoes like the Nike Cortez and New Balance 574, but is updated as you might suspect with a thicker-than-usual Boost sole. This gives the new sneakers some serious comfort in addition to a subtle 2017 look. But unlike the Stan Smith or Gazelle, the Iniki was once meant for distance running, meaning it already comes pre-loaded with a fair dose of foot support even before being outfitted with the Boost sole.
The latest version of the Inkiki comes in two colorways—a modest white with gray and a gray with neon green—both of which serve up reasons to be excited. Here at GQ, we are particularly drawn to the neon green-accented model because it perfectly encapsulates what the Iniki Runner Boost is all about.—classic styling with modern details, and not in the empty way a lot of sneakers are marketed in 2017. These actually successfully combine one of Adidas's most underrated archival sneakers with its premiere technology and a bold, of-the-moment colorway. And that makes them absolutely worth running out and buying.
$120, available April 20 at adidas.com
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