It’s not every day we talk about shoes here on Carscoops, but every now and then a seemingly delusional celebrity launches a shoe-shaped car or a car manufacturer partners with a shoe company, we’re here to cover it. Today marks the latest occasion when Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) has partnered with British supercar manufacturer McLaren to create a new pair of shoes that cost $450.
Officially called “APL | McLaren HySpeed,” the shoe comes in five different colors, and the automaker says it’s a “universal athletic trainer for running.”
In the announcement, both brands emphasized their simultaneous commitment to innovation and technology. APL, for its part, cited its patent for Load ‘N Launch technology, designed to “instantly increase vertical jump.” McLaren, of course, is famous supercars like the Speedtail. Which of these creations is more impressive, we’ll let you be the judge. Here are some of the details that make up APL | McLaren HySpeed.
The three-piece segmented midsole features APL’s FutureFoam pods in the front and rear of the shoe. They’re joined by a real carbon fiber plate topped by a new nitrogen midsole compound that’s “engineered for ultimate responsiveness and power-packed compression.” Of course, nitrogen makes up about 78 percent of the air you’re breathing right now, so that last part seems less impressive.
There is definitely still a flash factor to enjoy. All five different colors are simulated Shades of McLaren and there are many small details that nod to the car as well. McLaren says that even the shoe box “has almost as many functions as the shoe itself.” We argue that one of these functions is nitrogen filling.
The collection will be available for purchase online at APL website as well as its flagship store at The Grove in Los Angeles and select retailers worldwide from August 2, 2022.
Sure, $450 is a lot of money to spend on stuff you literally rub into the ground wherever you go, but hey, it’s also the cheapest way to say you’ve been in a McLaren (or two) today. And hey, you get a fancy box too!
The new McLaren Hyspeed sneakers from Athletic Propulsion Labs will allow you to run anywhere
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