The Nike Shox NZ trainer takes the shape of the old classics, with a slight twist. The technology is more or less the same, but provides a large selection of different colors and materials allowing consumers to customize the shoe however way they feel. These shoes are famous for four-column heel and lightweight feel.
The type of trainer was mainly developed by Nike in order to increase levels of comfort and protection from serious injuries that may occur during competitive and leisurely sporting activities. The four-column design located underneath the heel offers an enhanced amount of impact protection to athletes. This effect is further increased using the Phylon mid-sole which can be located in the forefoot of the trainer.
The model was first inspired by a highly springy indoor running track situated in Harvard. It took a long time to incorporate the enhanced spring technology into a lightweight running shoe. It was for this reason that the prototypes ended up being clumpier and heavier than what is seen today. After further development they found a way to take advantage of the enhanced spring rate.
The shoe consists of a number of features that generally appeal to consumers. These are features that have not yet been implemented in this model until now. Aside from the unique technological benefits, the shoe can be designed using synthetic leather which comprises the upper layer. Alternatively, one can opt for a breathable mesh, which is deemed as the more practical choice, though less smart.
The model allows consumers to take their pick from a wide range of colors which have not been seen before in this range. The colors have been said to be inspired by the sportswear section of the same brand. Shades like purple and mandarin are now available, which can be paired to tracksuit bottoms, hoodies and t-shirts which have been developed in the same colors.
The out-sole of the shoe is made entirely out of rubber. This means that traction is maximized in order to prevent unpleasant falls and unexpected slides. For this reason, the model has become increasingly popular among runners and climbers and basketball players, such as Vince Carter and Jermaine O'Neal, who have continually made use of them and who are looking for that essential grip that this shoe makes possible.
There are those who claim that in addition to absorbing and reducing impact, the shoe also helps in adding to the runner's pace by springing back. This is just a claim and does not stand as an entirely effective aspect of the technology. Whether or not the trainers actually provide a small boost the speed of an athlete is yet to be decided.
The Nike Shox NZ range started in 2001, when the model was first released on shelves. It is they only one of its kind to have implemented the advanced spring technology that is perhaps taken advantage of now. The multinational company actually has the right to file patent infringements against the appearance of replicas, as it did with rival company, Adidas.