When it comes to buying running shoes, performance and comfort are a priority. Generally speaking, the lighter the shoe, the faster you’ll run. Legendary running coach, Jack Daniels hypothesized that a runner would expend 1 percent more aerobic energy for every 3.5 ounces (100g) of weight of a shoe. Although at first glance 1% might seem insignificant, the longer the race, the more of a difference that 1% will make. Nike’s Research Lab calculated that making a shoe 4 ounces (114g) lighter meant shaving up to 3 minutes off of a marathon time. This is equivalent of taking the illegal hormone, Erythropoietin. The latest Nike Air Huarache Run Ultra BR is roughly 4 ounces lighter than – a whopping 27% – its already-light predecessor.
The secret in the Nike Huarache Ultra BR’s performance lies in the uppers – a seamless one-piece design with molded details. This stretchy fabric is breathable and sleek, ensuring your feet stay cool while running, no pun intended. On the bottom is an encapsulated Air Sole unit with a contoured phylon midsole. It’s durable, it looks good and it feels extremely comfortable when on your feet. While aesthetics take a back seat in making a decision to purchase a running shoe, it doesn’t hurt that the new Nike Huarache Ultra BR looks so damn good. It is a perfect blend of performance and beauty.