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FIVE TECHY TRAINERS

By Chris Sayer, 17 July 2017

We all know the simple pleasures of a classic pair of sneaks – your Chuck Taylors, your Stan Smiths. Minimalist designs that have barely changed since the year dot. However, some of the hottest names in the footwear game right now are moving in a different direction by going big on techy brilliance and future thinking. Here are five trainers tricked-out with features plucked straight from tomorrow’s world…

Puma Tsugi Shinsei | ASOS Style Feed

PUMA Tsugi Shinsei

Time for a quick refresher on your GCSE Japanese – 'tsugi' translates to 'next', which is precisely the level PUMA have reached with these futuristic numbers that look as if they’re right out of Prometheus.
Puma Tsugi Shinsei | ASOS Style Feed

They’re striking on the eye, kitted out with a knitted sock-like upper, asymmetrical side lacing, a really tasty logo-ed elastic heel gore, and an all-round design that's inspired by Japanese architecture. But just like mama used to say, it’s what’s inside that counts. And inside is stuffed with PUMA’s Ignite Foam for some sole-saving cushioning. 

Reebok Running Pump Plus Cage | ASOS Style Feed

Reebok Running Pump Plus Cage

Oh, the whooping. Oh, the hollering. Oh, the air punching and clapping when Reebok brought their iconic, 27-year-old pump out of retirement and back onto the streets. 
Reebok Running Pump Plus Cage | ASOS Style Feed

Here, ahead-of-its-time tech meets new-school detailing, with mesh uppers and a superbly tasty and supportive cage outer. That little peek of gum sole makes us want to do theatrical Italian chef fingers kisses, too.
Nike Air Max More | ASOS Style Feed

Nike Air Max More

Switch your brain to coasting mode for a bit – this one’s not hard to grasp. That Nike Air Max air bubble we all love? Here, have some more of that. 
Nike Air Max More | ASOS Style Feed

You know as well as we do that this isn’t the first time Nike has ramped up the air content in their soles – see the Air Max Plus, the Air Max 360 and the Air Max 97. The Air Max More? With that extra chunky sole crammed with cushioning air from heel to toe, mixed with a light and clean upper – it’s the most handsome model in the Air Max DNA gene pool.
Asics Gel-Mai | ASOS Style Feed

Asics Gel-Mai

Up until now, the Asics Gel-Mai has been an always-picked-second-last-for-playground-football sort. Times, though, are a-changing. Thanks to the rise (and rise) of the asymmetrical lace trend, some top-tier collaborations and a helping of fresh releases, these very sci-fi Japanese runners – born in the mid-90s – are basking in the limelight.
Asics Gel-Mai | ASOS Style Feed

But you’re getting so much more than wonky tie-ups up front – those laces not only lock down the top of your foot but wrap up and around your ankle, too. 
adidas Originals Climacool 1 | ASOS Style Feed

adidas Originals Climacool 1

Looking a lot like skeletal samples brought back from an expedition to the outer limits of space, adidas have stripped these feet treats back to their bones. The result? A pair of summer-ready kicks that tick all the ‘cool’ boxes. 
adidas Originals Climacool 1 | ASOS Style Feed

Pictures: ASOS

Cool-looking? Hell yeah. But it’s the cool feeling you get from adi’s Climacool technology that earns them a sport on this list. All-round, 360-degree cooling for your whole foot, to be exact. Make 'swamp foot' a thing of the past with these futuristic bangers. 

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