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  • adiWEAR® adidas' rubber outsole that prevents wear and tear on high-abrasion areas.

  • AHAR® heel plug High abrasion-resistant rubber in the outsole that helps reduce excessive wear. From ASICS.

  • C

  • ClimaCool® Fabric technology that regulates temperature and humidity by wicking away moisture. The results: improved airflow between garment and skin, quick-drying properties, UV protection and maximum comfort and performance. From adidas.

  • D

  • Dual-density midsole Technology featuring a foam midsole constructed of varied densities for the perfect blend of cushioning and support.

  • F

  • Flex grooves Flex grooves are channels cut into the outsole of Nike footwear. They improve flexibility and responsiveness by allowing the shoe to bend where the foot naturally flexes during the stepping motion.

  • G

  • GEL Cushioning System ASICS technology that allows for reduced shock during impact and toe-off phases. This system also ensures easy movement as the foot transitions through the gait cycle.

  • H

  • High-Performance High-Performance footwear includes specially designated athletic shoes and boots featuring true performance technology for the serious athlete and adventurer.

  • L

  • Lug outsole A thick sole with deep V-shaped grooves that improve the stability and traction of footwear such as boots or trail running shoes.

  • M

  • Max Air unit Nike’s full-length, segmented Max Air unit offers superior impact protection and helps promote an easy transition from heel to toe.

  • N

  • Nike Dual Fusion

    • Flywire technology helps lock down the foot for a stable, secure fit.
    • Dual-density midsole provides a combination of lightweight cushioning and stability.
    • Flex grooves help the foot move in a more natural motion.

  • Nike Reax

    • Dynamic midfoot lacing system provides a secure fit.
    • Nike Reax heel cushioning for a responsive ride.
    • Solid rubber pods with a herringbone pattern provide maximum traction.

  • Nubuck A favorite type of leather in shoes, belts and jackets since its introduction. Nubuck is the top side of leather, slightly sanded to make it more resistant to scuff marks and give it a suede-like feel. However, the texture of nubuck is finer than suede because a superior brushing technique leaves the natural grain pattern intact. It's made from split-grain (half of a hide) or full-grain (entire hide) leather.

  • S

  • Skechers Memory Foam

    • Provides all day comfort
    • Contours to most foot shapes
    • Helps relieve pressure for sensitive feet

  • Skechers Gel Top Memory Foam

    • Includes moisture-wicking fabric
    • Contours to most foot shapes
    • High Rebound Skechers Memory Foam
    • Provides additional shock absorption and support

  • Skechers Gel-Infused Memory Foam

    • Skechers full length high rebound memory foam for added shock absorption
    • Provides the perfect balance of comfort and support
    • Includes moisture-wicking fabric

  • T

  • Trusstic System ASICS technology under the mid-foot area. It provides stability and support while helping to control torsion.

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