adidas Officially Introduces Heel-Only Springblade Ignite

Today adidas officially introduces the Springblade Ignite, a heel-only Springblade runner for those that enjoyed the tech application in their previous full-length renditions.

Nine individually tuned blades and an adiprene forefoot work together to provide cushioning and explosive energy return at the origin of foot strike – the heel. The sleek design merges lightweight style and performance. The new mesh upper with seam-free fabrication allows for maximum breathability and lockdown through the final phases of foot strike. – adidas

I disagree that the origin of the foot strike is the heel, as thats improper running form. The heel is actually the brake while in motion, so a heel to toe transition will slow pace and cause issues to your knees and lower back down the line. However, for those that run improperly, with a heel strike, these might be fun to run in. But I assure you that the majority of hardcore runners will never recommend running with a heel strike.

These are available now, we updated you on this with this post, so if you’re interested in grabbing a pair you can head over to your local adidas running retailer and grab a pair.

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  1. What I don’t understand is why they would say origin of the foot-strike is the heel. By saying that they are alienating consumers and saying to it will not work well for forefoot runners. But just because a shoe has good/great heel cushioning doesn’t necessarily mean it automatically has to have a high heel drop or will only work for heel strikers. And there is no way of know that based on that description.

      1. Secular Human has a point, there is a reason why heel to toe transition is important. Heel to toe transition can be affected by how a shoe is constructed. It doesn’t matter whether is running or basketball, having a heel lift or higher/more heel cushioning in a shoe encourages a heel striking, whether you want that or not. And with more and more zero drop shoes coming out with better and better cushioning they are becoming more popular. A zero drop shoe encourages forefoot striking which many believe is a better and faster way to run. And whether it is true or not, zero drop has become preference for many people. And with zero drop shoes coming out with better and better cushioning, heel drop isn’t even important to me anymore. The shoe either has a heel lift or it doesn’t and I will be more likely buy the one that doesn’t IMO.

        1. You got it.

          The venerable Converse Chuck Taylor is almost a zero drop, which was protocol for hoops shoes in years past. Funny people are begging for such a shoe, and it is sitting right there in front of everyone. However, with the shoe above, as you begin to decelerate the forward swing of leg and thereby controlling the position of the foot at heel strike, with more support at the heel such which is being used by Adidas and the blades, you’ll have more support, as you may be able to come to an easier stop.

          It’s a good way to help prevent injury.

          But hey, what do I know?

          1. I’m not questioning the support of the blades, I’m only questioning the heel drop of the blades or any cushioning system. Also if you read my other comment I mentioned that there is no information on the heel drop of these shoes. If the overall shoe was zero drop then they would work for forefoot runners as well.
            For forefoot strikers a heel lift in shoes can lead to many issues such as cause unwanted heel strikes in various movements such as decelerating, lead to forefoot instability, and affect running form. Even if Converses Chucks were zero drop, they do not have the cushioning, support, or traction found in shoes today. And are you recommending them for basketball or running? Either way they are not a good option compared to the technology and zero drop shoes available today. Also when slowing down from a fast sprint, forefoot runners slow down their pace with their forefoot first. So the blades in the heel wouldn’t even come into affect until the forefoot runner is basically at almost a complete stop or going a slow pace with very little impact, at that point pretty much any cushioning system will be supportive enough.
            The only thing forefoot runners need to worry about when decelerating is the actual heel lift in a shoe since any amount of heel lift that can lead to unwanted heel strikes. The higher the heel, the closer the heel is to the ground, which makes it likely it will hit the ground depending on your body position. When decelerating on your forefoot you need to shift your weight towards their forefoot in order to avoid heel striking which can cause you to “brake” too fast and cause instability or even an injury. It is much easier to decelerate in on your forefoot in a zero drop shoe since you don’t have to shift you weight as much which makes decelerating on your forefoot easier.
            Zero drop is a great feature might have been around for a long time like you said. And its funny that it was a feature in older running and basketball shoes. But people haven’t forgotten about Chucks, they just don’t want to ball or run in shoes with outdated cushion and tech. Even minimalistic running shoes that have don’t have cushioning such has the Merrel Vapor Gloves (just a 2mm insole which is nothing really) still have the latest tech when it comes the upper and the supportive rubber outsole which is good for training or for a barefoot like running experience.

  2. maybe one of the reasons they dont use boost, is because boost and springblade are to of there main techs and both of them together would make a very expensive running shoe. but yea boost AND springblade together would be awesome.

  3. It seems as if your “reply” button is missing Ed, but I will reply to you here.

    My comment was to the ” do the research” suggestion.

    In regard to “outdated tech”, I personally find that all “tech” to be kind of overstated, and here’s why.

    Barefoot running seems to be pretty popular these days, so what kind of “modern tech”, is needed in order to run barefoot, and why should it matter?

    Personally, I love squatting and doing leg work in Chucks, you’ll find many people in gyms do as well, great shoe, and I can actually play ball in them as well. What the newer shoes do offer is comfort, there is no denying that. But I am not one who thinks that newer “tech” really makes a difference in regard to “performance”, especially while some people are actually able to still run and move about barefoot.

    However, running barefoot isn’t for everyone, especially those who are not biomechanically efficient,or suffering from congenital issues and that is where all of those wonderful options come in, such as the blades above. People do have different needs, and we are lucky to have so many options.

    1. And oh yeah. if you cannot remain neutral during deceleration, that is when injury may occur. It’s also why a zero drop shoe may not be a good option for the deconditioned trainer/athlete.

  4. I got a new pair of ignites, and they are much better than the firsts. Blades on the toe and mid-foot broke off before, no worries now!

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