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Lululemon Blissfeel Evaluate | Operating Footwear Guru


Lululemon has launched progressive merchandise for ladies for over twenty years, with their focus now turning to women-specific footwear. The primary of 4 new sneakers is the Blissfeel operating shoe.

It is a wanted innovation. For the primary time in historical past, in 2018 girls outnumbered males in races; simply over 50 p.c of runners recognized as feminine, up from beneath 20% in 1986 (Livestrong, 2022) (Discover extra operating statistics at https://www.livestrong.com/article/13730338-running-statistics/ )

Most sneakers have been designed for elite male athletes, but girls differ from males in the place the foot strikes the bottom and middle of gravity. For instance, girls runners are inclined to have extra higher physique rotation and ankle flexion shifting by means of the stride.

Blissfeel is the results of analyzing girls’s biomechanics and neurophysiology, basing shoe design on hundreds of thousands of foot scans and the suggestions from three rounds of wear-testing. The aim was to create a shoe that might match and really feel superb on a variety of runners, versus tailoring the shoe to a selected sort of runner or exercise.

The result?—Sure, please.

The match is cosy and supportive, and the only real unit offers a large base and a really {smooth} roll ahead with distinctive grip. Its consolation makes it an awesome shoe for informal put on—however it’s too high quality of a operating shoe to categorize it as such.

When it comes to the fast toe-off, the closest sneakers I’ve run in to Blissfeel embrace the Brooks Launch GTS 9 and the half-plated ASICS MAGIC SPEED.

Relating to the regular base of Blissfeel it compares with the HOKA Gaviota and the Brooks Transcend 6 (I’ve but to run within the newest iteration now named Glycerin GTS).

The Launch GTS has a really comparable, {smooth} experience; much less cushion; and a barely less-secure higher lock-down. These adjustments clarify the Launch GTS being simply over 2 ounces lighter per shoe. The propulsion at toe-off is most obvious within the Blissfeel, but the lighter weight of GTS Launch brings the profit about even.

I discover Launch GTS to be reasonably steady with Blissfeel providing extra of a base beneath the foot, significantly noticeable within the heel. Blissfeel has a cosy, safe midfoot lock down with arching assist strips and extra materials whereas the thinner GTS 9 leaves slight area. The extra padded tongue of Blissfeel prevents the new spots felt when dialing within the midfoot match of GTS.

Blissfeel prices $148 USD and is available in ten colorways. Preserve your eyes peeled for 3 extra girls’s sneakers to drop from Lululemon this 12 months—Chargeful the model’s cross-training characteristic might be launched quickly—adopted by a males’s assortment to be revealed in 2023.

Lululemon Blissfeel First Impressions

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image of Lululemon Blissfeel

I used to be intrigued from the second I laid eyes on this shoe as a result of this model is new to the operating shoe scene, as a result of I used to be skeptical of the “boomerang wings” in direction of the heel, and on account of daring curiosity a couple of fully unknown midsole.

My first steps in Blissfeel revealed a buttery-smooth roll into toe-off. It was so outstanding I assumed this can be on account of a excessive drop, like within the girls’s ASICS Gel-Kayano which had a 13 mm. drop in comparison with the lads’s 10 mm. for years (they’ve now corrected this to 10 mm. throughout the road within the Kayano 28).

A too-high drop places elevated stress on the ball of my foot, so I used to be completely satisfied to search out that Blissfeel is reported to have a 9.5 mm. drop.

The fast roll off the toes is as a result of total design versus the drop, and I didn’t discover a scorching spot beneath the ball of my foot as I did in older Kayano fashions. Maybe these further “boomerang” items tie the heel extra intently to the midfoot and are one cause for the distinctive experience.

Lululemon Blissfeel Sole Unit

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image of Lululemon Blissfeel

“Supple” is a phrase I’ve by no means used earlier than this evaluation. It got here to thoughts to explain the cushion of Blissfeel.

The definition for supple is “bending and shifting simply and gracefully, versatile; it might imply “comfortable.” All of that is true of the Blissfeel experience regardless of the midsole not being versatile within the conventional sense.

The midfoot is reasonably stiff — assume GT-2000 stage assist — but the texture is “supple” underfoot and fast into toe-off.

Lululemon stays protecting about its midsole materials, not leaking details about its mix or perhaps a particular title for it. Grabbing summer season footwear yesterday I seen that the texture underfoot in Blissfeel is strikingly just like what I expertise going barefoot in New Stability 200 Slides — an extra-special deal with for my ft that I “splurged” on with my half marathon age – group prize cash from an area operating retailer in 2020. I really really feel the identical wow-factor in Blissfeel. New Stability merely calls their sole a “Plush footbed” in an EVA ground-contact provider.

What Blissfeel and the restoration sandal share is a superbly comfortable really feel with out being squishy. They appear agency however on the similar time inviting.

The drop is 9.5 mm. with a stack peak of 32.5, but the forefoot has a surprisingly linked floor really feel.

Eradicating the sock liner there isn’t a dip beneath the ball of my foot with over 80 miles on the shoe which bodes nicely for a protracted life from this midsole.

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image of Lululemon Blissfeel

The outsole presents distinctive grip with a heel touchdown pad separated from a bigger part of rubber operating laterally as much as cowl the majority of the forefoot, and smaller segments beneath the toes and midfoot. Every rubber piece is segmented by strains operating vertically and horizontally and is roofed by further “polka dots” that stick out barely for added grip.

Now with roughly 80 miles on the shoe my put on sample on these dots reveals vital put on on my lateral heel shifting to centered put on in direction of the ball into medial put on midway by means of the toes that’s (surprisingly) adopted by an obvious mid-lateral toe-off.

Maybe this is because of a semi-curved final which makes a middle toe-off seem lateral underfoot? Whereas I attempt to determine that sample out, go forward and run in these your self to see what they reveal about your motion by means of foot plant!

Lululemon Blissfeel Higher Unit

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image of Lululemon Blissfeel

Blissfeel takes a shocking method to a heel counter. Did you, like me, marvel if the boomerang-shaped wing on either side of the again of the shoe had been purely ornamental?

Inspecting the shoe I discover that there’s no inside heel counter within the very again of the heel. The semi-stiff pleather is, nonetheless, bordered by the wings of these boomerangs which occur to make a sufficiently strong heel counter that additionally secures a agency connection between heel and midfoot, aiding the experience that I so recognize on this shoe.

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image of Lululemon Blissfeel

The designers succeeded: Blissfeel matches prefer it was made for my foot! The reasonably breathable double-layer mesh hugs my midfoot after which relaxes to accommodate widening on the ball. It seems that this form is extra widespread of a lady’s foot, I discovered whereas researching for this shoe. ASICS is the opposite model I’ve discovered to suit nicely on this regard.

The distinction from a typical ASICS match is that Blissfeel presents a barely extra roomy toebox—however not an excessive amount of area for many who like a shallow match.

Help strips harking back to On Cloudace and a few adidas fashions curve vertically up the shoe proper beneath the ball the place my foot narrows into midfoot.
The assist strips curve as much as embrace the center two eyelets (of 6) on either side, then proceed in a diagonal again to the middle of the “boomerang” heel counter/connection piece.

Straight above the diagonal strip a {smooth} bulge of padding circles the ankle opening exterior the shoe and extends right into a wider cushion contained in the ankle opening.
I would favor a decrease minimize and a softer opening on the prime of the ankle. The stiff materials proper on the prime minimize into my ankle at factors till I redid the lacing to finish by means of the second gap.

This isn’t one thing I sometimes expertise and one thing the model ought to modify in a second mannequin. By not utilizing the highest laces gap I used to be capable of alleviate many of the irritation.

This lacing leaves already-long laces even longer, and I sometimes double or triple knot each string and loop to scale back flapping.

The tongue is as skinny as that of Brooks Launch GTS proper on the prime however rapidly transitions to a comfortable pad that protects the foot from tight laces. The tongue connects to the bottom contained in the shoe on both facet, harking back to Saucony’s ISOFIT higher.

Blissfeel’s tongue is an ideal cross between the plush, linked ISOFIT tongue and Nike’s neoprene-wrap model within the unique Odyssey React. It protects the foot and retains the tongue in place on the expense of warmth attenuation and added weight.

The higher on the tip of the toe is protected by a skinny assist strip that favors the within of the purpose of the toe.

All collectively it holds my foot completely safe and matches true to measurement.

The sock liner is fairly commonplace apart from added construction beneath the arch. This makes for the medium-low padding I really feel beneath my arches.

Beneath the insole (sock liner) are circle cut-outs in a skinny layer above the midsole, which I’ve solely seen earlier than in Nike Odyssey React and a few HOKA fashions. Maybe that is to decrease the burden ever-so-slightly or to boost a comfortable really feel. If you already know the explanation for these cut-outs, please let me know within the feedback.

Lululemon Blissfeel Conclusion

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image of Lululemon Blissfeel

Lululemon wins 10/10 on a {smooth} experience and on assembly their aim of consolation and flexibility underfoot and 9/10 on a safe, snug higher on account of a cosy match however a tough edge across the ankle.

My favourite a part of this shoe is how seamlessly it rolls into toe-off.

Lululemon took a brand new method to a heel counter that seems to have the twin operate of aiding the transition, maxed out on outsole materials, and targeted on really feel relatively than a selected operate (past being fitted to operating, in fact).

I sit up for seeing what the model’s three choices (for common exercises, energy coaching, and restoration) are like in addition to what modifications they make to the second version of Blissfeel.

The cautious consideration to precise girls’s ft and biomechanics along with listening nicely to prototype suggestions resulted in a stellar first shoe from Lululemon. Males, maintain Lululemon in your radar for 2023 as they plan to develop right into a males’s line.

As editorial coverage, we don't settle for free samples from corporations.
We bought this pair of Lululemon Blissfeel at Lululemon with our personal cash.

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