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I Really Want to Like the adidas Originals Prophere 

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The Prophere reminds me of the Tim Duncan Commander and the Chauncey Billups Speedcut in the placement of the chunky stripes and the bulky outsole. When I look at the shoe it reminds me of other classic adidas Basketball shoes in the Bromium series where the outsole had lines that were curved as opposed to hard, straight lines. This design element that looks like the flow of water has always been appealing to me, so I really want to like the Prophere.

What’s happened here though is I’m having a difficult time overcoming my lack of excitement in the silhouette. I think the removal of the toebox in shoe design over the last year is lazy and uninspired. I discussed this in another article and it appears that I was right as consumers have let the Black Pack from adidas languish on shelves.

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I explained in this article that every adidas shoe has the same silhouette and that design fatigue is beginning to set in. The colorway of a shoe can only do so much to inspire people to retire their current NMDs and add the Prophere to the list of cops. When I say I really want to like the Prophere, I do like it… but wouldn’t it be a lot better with a suede toebox design? The design element could be functional; as the biggest issue I have with the NMD is the fact that my foot slides around in the shoe like a flip flop.

adidas also has done something I’ve discussed in another article on this shoe. They understand the power of BOOST and they focused a lot of time in the molding of this midsole. The midsole of the Prophere circles which can be attributed to the study of spheres where there aren’t any straight lines, but a straightline can be mapped as the distance between two point. The rebound and cushion that can be created by the design element of spheres makes for a springy elasticity so the cushion on Prophere may be better than BOOST. I wish I had the shoe on hand, but hey… I’m making an educated guess. Like I said, the design also speaks to the decision by brands to update midsoles.

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I noted recently that BOOST has forced designers to utilize more complex midsole designs. The days of the flat Air Force 1 side wall are gone. That retro look holds up on classic casual but for a shoe to really be successful the visual dynamics have to create an almost 3D effect effect and the Prophere does that which is why I really want to like the shoe, but when I look at it for too long I only see an NMD with fat stripes and a more supportive outsole… which isn’t bad, but ultimately like the Tubular Radial and Tubular Doom, this shoe could be doomed to sit. When I get my hand on it, maybe I’ll change my mind.

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$84.00
End Date: Sunday May-20-2018 15:56:30 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $84.00
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adidas Prophere Shoes Men's

$84.00
End Date: Sunday May-20-2018 15:56:30 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $84.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

adidas Prophere Shoes Men's

$84.00
End Date: Sunday May-20-2018 15:56:30 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $84.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

adidas Prophere Shoes Men's

$84.00
End Date: Sunday May-20-2018 15:56:30 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $84.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list