We get a lot of great stuff from Japan. Well-built cars, anime, bonsai trees, origami, sushi, Hello Kitty. OK, maybe not that last one. But add to the list the Adidas Adizero Takumi Sen, a premier racing flat for the Japanese market that is coming to the U.S. after selling more than 60,000 pairs in the land of the rising sun.
“Takumi Sen” is a Japanese phrase that roughly translates to “artisan of the highest order.” The shoe gets this name because it uses premium materials and high-quality construction throughout. It’s designed for mile to marathon race distances, with a 6mm offset and weight of just 6.4 oz (Men’s size 9).
What to Watch For
- Light, High-Performance Cushioning: Forefoot and midfoot Adiprene+ in the midsole provides lightweight cushioning.
- Traction Where You Need It: DSP rubber outsole in the forefoot for maximized traction with minimal weight, and Continental rubber at rear heel for improved traction when cornering.
- Racing Upper: A quick-dry mesh upper featuring high-quality suede overlays designed for low weight, a close fit, and supreme flexibility throughout the gait.