Different summer shoes for different needs, each an intriguing mix of brands

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We love footwear collaborations, and right now there are so many thoughtful partnerships that combine performance, style, and sustainability. District Vision and New Balance present the FuelCell SC Elite v4, a top-tier racing shoe defined by its monochromatic color palette and minimalist design. The updated Hydro Moc Strap from Advisory Board Crystals and Merrell combines the original design with retro and futuristic elements. And the recently launched Vivobarefoot collaboration with Timbaland is a limited edition of 2,000 pairs of the Motus Strength shoe that combines natural movement with high-impact workout capabilities; each pair is hand-signed by Timbaland. Each of these collaborations leverages the best of their partners to deliver shoes that look great, perform phenomenally, and have their own story to tell.

Thanks to New Balance

District Vision’s collaboration with New Balance focuses on a monochromatic palette and minimalist design to accentuate the high-performance FuelCell SC Elite v4, a top-tier racing shoe. This model combines propulsive FuelCell technology with a thinner carbon fiber plate for superior energy return in a lightweight package. It features a semi-sheer mesh upper, co-branded tongue label and sockliner, and branding on the lateral heel counter. Energy Arc technology combines sport-specific carbon fiber plate geometry with strategic midsole voids to increase stored energy and deliver higher energy return, completed with a rocker profile for smooth transitions.

Thanks to Merrell

Advisory Board Crystals and Merrell collaborated to improve the Hydro Moc Strap, keeping the original design while adding new elements like pull tabs and a holographic authenticity patch. The updated Hydro Moc features a magnetic, adjustable strap with old-school foam padding in a sleek design that seamlessly blends futuristic and vintage aesthetics. The water-resistant EVA foam offers a lightweight, flexible fit and is easy to clean, while the BLOOM® performance foam, made from algae biomass, converts green water into clean water. They’re great for recovery, wading through water, or just walking around town.

Thanks to Vivobarefoot

Vivobarefoot and Timbaland have collaborated on a limited-edition version of Vivobarefoot’s Motus Strength shoe, with only 2,000 pairs available. Designed for natural movement during intense workouts, each pair is hand-signed by Timbaland, who credits the shoes with improving his health. The campaign includes a new song, a film and the Movement Fundamentals VivoHealth course, free with every purchase. There will also be a giveaway where one winner will spend a day with Timbaland. Combining music and natural health, the collaboration promotes a lifestyle that harmonizes artistic expression and well-being, reflecting Timbaland’s philosophy of simplicity and reconnection with nature.

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