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A pinch of the 80s

As you already know, the Futurepacer is supposed to be a symbiosis of the NMD and the Micropacer. However, in order to better understand the idea behind the unique design of the new creation now, you should definitely take a look at the story behind the two sneakers. After all, the Futurepacer also makes use of the most important elements of the shoes.

The adidas Micropacer first saw the light of day in 1984 and is one of the very first sneakers to have computer technology built into the inner workings of the shoe. A microsensor was placed above the big toe, which was activated when the shoe pushed off the ground. This made it easy to measure the distance already run, average pace and calories burned. All of the recorded information was then displayed on a small screen that was integrated into the upper of the Micropacer. Yes, you heard me right! The screen was an integral part of the shoe and was located directly on the front of the sneaker. However, the small screen was not to remain the only futuristic feature. The chrome-like paint and the very unorthodox lacing system also aimed for a very futuristic look. Despite its high-tech features and very forward-looking design, however, the Micropacer turned out to be an absolute commercial flop. The then superhuman price and its extraordinarily high weight simply did not go down well at all. So it's all the nicer now that the sneaker is reborn, at least in part, in the Futurepacer Boost.

The adidas Futurepacer Boost received further important inspiration from the NMD. This first made its debut in 2015 and was marketed under the Originals banner. Once again, it made use of extremely popular and innovative technologies and wowed the masses with the very popular Primeknit upper and the signature Boost sole. Interestingly, the NMD also draws inspiration from the Micropacer. The Micropacer signature pods on the sides of the shoe are probably the most recognizable elements on the entire sneaker. The silhouette also borrows a lot from the 80s in terms of color scheme. And that's exactly what made the model so successful. Since its release in 2015, the NMD has enjoyed extreme popularity and still generates a lot of hype today. In the meantime, there are countless colorways and variations of the shoe and it makes no effort to disappear from the scene in the near future. With the NMD, they managed to do what they only dreamed of with the Micropacer.

The adidas Futurepacer Boost now takes all the qualities of the two models and tries to accommodate them in one sneaker. They wanted to create something new while integrating recognizable elements from the past. Therefore, the hybrid makes use of the characteristic Micropacer shoe tongue tab, the general silhouette and the futuristic design. However, the computer chip has been left out. What is new now, however, is the streamlined panel look, which does away with the three stripes and the chrome-like colors. From the NMD, on the other hand, the adidas Futurepacer inherits the typical Boost sole and thus guarantees all fans a comfortable wearing experience. The combination of both models does the Futurepacer really incredibly well and should be able to inspire some. A very unusual shoe, however, he remains 😉

adidas Futurepacer Boost - splitter of the community

Like so many hybrids in the sneaker scene, the Futurepacer naturally also provides for numerous discussions and controversies. Often, the symbioses are seen as "desecration" of the old classics and consequently also as superfluous. Others swear by the mixture of two different sneakers. The same fate befalls the adidas Futurepacer Boost.

Many perceive the additional "flap" on the Futurepacer's shoe tongue as absolutely unnecessary and, above all, unaesthetic. We've already seen a meme or two about this design element, loudly mocking its appearance. In addition, wide-footed wearers are always complaining about the sneaker's far too tight structure and the pain it causes.

On the other hand, of course, we have the proponents of the unorthodox symbiosis. The popular Boost sole is also praised for the comfortable feel of the Futurepacer. In general, the comfort of the shoes is always positively highlighted, as the ankle and forefoot have been additionally padded. The very lightweight construction and very supportive structure of the Futurepacer also receive recurring praise. All in all, this shoe also has its pros and cons. Whether a purchase is now worthwhile, everyone must decide for themselves!
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