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No-lace soccer shoes from Adidas

Shoes that will offer “a glove-like fit and the cleanest possible strike using a larger surface area to generate more power and accuracy.” That is the idea behind Adidas’ new laceless soccer shoe that is becoming steadily more available worldwide.

The new sleek design has top soccer players and avid recreational players in mind with its look, functionality, and comfort. The shoe itself is called the ACE 16+ Purecontrol. The laceless feature is supposed to allow players a more controlled and accurate kick of the ball with the removal of those pesky knots and flapping laces. It also eliminates the possibility of laces getting caught on the bottom of other players’ cleats, which could result in injury.

The previously mentioned “glove-like fit” comes from a thermoplastic polyurethane cage that secures the upper part of the foot. This way, the shoe isn’t flying off somewhere after you take a shot at the goal. No laces and a secure comfortable fit leads to the perfect combination.

This shoe is perfect for minimizing disruption while kicking the ball. There will be no triple and quadruple knotting and tucking lace ends in the shoe with this new design. Some pro players have already taken to using them during their games, so they’re definitely worth checking out in the near future.

Illinois renews athletic contract with Nike for 10 more years

Big time contracts between universities nationwide and large athletic apparel brands are nothing new. Just recently, the athletic department of the University of Illinois agreed to a renewal of their contract with footwear and apparel giant Nike Inc. for an additional 10 years worth approximately $44.5 million.

Nike and Illinois have already partnered together for the better part of two decades. The new agreement will last through the 2025-2026 academic year. The deal will feature shoes, uniforms, socks, and other athletic apparel for the fighting Illini.

Coaches and players are apparently very supportive of the products offered from Nike over the years, and consider them a vital part to their quest for national titles in various sports. The new extension is set to begin July 1 and will cover 21 different Illini varsity sports.

Vans to Honor Legacy of the SK8-HI

Vans is celebrating 50 years of existence in 2016, and to commemorate this and the ever popular SK8-HI, the brand is joining with iconic personalities to help tell the story of the shoe’s impact on expression over the years.

11990004596_b958e48745_bThe SK8-HI has long been admired by many as the most important shoe in the skateboarding world. It’s simplicity and ability to be built across a range of cultural influences has made it embraced by many people.

It was first introduced back in 1978 and has been a mainstay in the common wardrobe of the avid skater. It was initially made by skateboarders, for skateboarders. Furthermore, communities in music, fashion, and art have welcomed the style into their forefront over the years. It is without a doubt the shoe that best represents Vans’ past, present, and future.

The notable people that Vans has brought on to commemorate the SK8-HI are skateboarder Steve Caballero, Grammy nominated artist Syd Tha Kyd, Vans skate team rider Lizzie Armanto, punk rock icon Henry Rollins, celebrated artist and animator Jay Howell, international model Natalie Westling and professional surfer and Vans team rider Wade Goodall.

You can join in on the celebration and appreciation of the Vans brand by checking out the SK8-HI styles on the company’s website.