april 2014 shoes

The arrival of April means springtime is finally here. Now comes the time for athletes to shed their winter shells and suit up for warmer weather ahead, especially when it comes to footwear. As we do every month, here’s a quick breakdown of the performance sneakers we’re looking forward in April 2014. From golf to running to football, and everything in between, these are the shoes you want to keep an eye out for this month.

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Nike Golf Limited Edition

Nike Golf Limited Edition Pack

Category: Golf
Release date: April 1, 2014

With the biggest stage in golf set to play out later this month (the Masters, of course), Nike will do a limited edition run of its top three golf shoes—the TW ’14, Lunar Control and the Lunar Clayton. Each model features a clean white upper, along with a range of details in a green color worthy of sharing the spotlight with the coveted green jacket.

UA Nitro Low Cleats

Under Armour Nitro Low

Category: Football
Release date: April 1, 2014

Under Armour first debuted the Nitro Low during the 2014 NFL Playoffs exclusively for the pros. Now, it’s the common man’s turn to get his feet into a pair of the latest low-top speed cleats from UA. The Nitro uses what’s referred to as Clutchfit technology to deliver a custom fit that wraps around the foot like a second skin. The aesthetics aren’t to shabby either. Look for UA to drop a wide rage of colorways for the cleat.

Nike Free 1 Cross Bionic

Nike Free 1.0 Cross Bionic

Category: Training
Release date: April 3, 2014

Nike has made a solid effort to cater to the specific needs of the female athlete in recent years. Case in point, the Nike Free 1.0 Cross Bionic. Designed for high intensity training, the Cross Bionic enables natural motion. The result is fewer distractions so the ladies can focus on their training.

adidas earth pack

adidas Earth Pack

Category: Soccer
Release date: April 1, 2014

In case you forgot 2014 is a World Cup year, adidas is once again here to remind you—this time with a rain forest-inspired run of its top soccer cleats. The adidas Earth Pack includes beastly renditions of the F50, Nitrocharge, Predator and 11Pro.

Nike Basketball Easter Collection

Nike Basketball Easter Collection

Category: Basketball
Release date: April 18, 2014

What better way to celebrate Easter this year (not to mention the arrival of Spring) than with a fresh new footwear pack from Nike Basketball. The special edition collection includes three top-tier models: Lebron 11 Low, Kobe 9 EM and KD VI—each with a different take on the Easter theme.

New Balance Minimus Trail 0v2

New Balance Minimus Trail Zero v2

Category: Running (trail)
Release date: N/A

At long last, the Minimus Trail Zero v2 will hit the retail market. Despite what the shoe’s name may suggest, it’s actually not a part of NB’s popular Minimus line. Still, the shoe is expected to be an absolute workhorse in the backcountry. Besides, we kind of have a thing of trail running shoes.

Saucony Kinvara 5 Boston

Saucony Kinvara 5 Boston

Category: Running
Release date: N/A

This year’s edition of the Boston Marathon will undoubtedly be one of the most anticipated races of all time. In anticipation, Saucony, as its done each of the past few years, will release a limited edition green/yellow version of the Kinvara inspired by the city of Boston. These will fly off the shelf quick. Consider yourself warned.

Nike Free 3 Flyknit

Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit

Category: Running
Release date: April 3, 2014

Nike is back on the innovative grind in April, as the brand’s running gets set to launch the 2014 Nike Free collection this month. While the other two models in the collection—the Free 4.0 Flyknit and the Free 5.0—are impressive in their own regard, the Free 3.0 catches our eye for its incredible flexibility (thanks to an upgraded hexagonal flex-groove pattern on the outsole) and that 4mm offset that runners crave so much these days.

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