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Once a student wraps the program—which is a part of FIT's Center for Continuing and Professional Studies—?they will be awarded a certificate of completion.The inaugural group of Sneaker Essentials students will be admitted in April. In partnership with nonprofit Kick'n It for a Cause, Adidas Hamburg Donne Qubed will be Nike Air Max 95 Womens handing out scholarships to select students in disadvantaged situations. More info can be found here.For the athletic behemoths, nothing is more sacred than their inescapable logos. Think of Nike’s commanding swoosh and jumpman, or Adidas’ iconic three stripes and trefoil. Sneaker upstart Athletic Propulsion Lab (APL) wanted none of this; their emblem-free aesthetic was just the first singular statement Nike Air Max Zero Donne in an ascent that has been nothing short of remarkable.APL’s California-based twin founders, Ryan and Adam Goldston, 30, are marketing the fusion of fashion with performance to elbow their way into the hardest to crack segment of the athletic industry. “We’re competing with giants,” says Ryan with ample bravado, of the $86 billion value of the global athletic footwear market. “That’s what makes it so exciting. The fact that there Adidas Superstar Mujer Negras are so few players and it’s such a big ocean creates a lot of opportunity.”In seven years, since their business plan served as Ryan’s grad thesis at University of Southern California, APL has become a player in performance sneakers, selling in 300 doors, including those of Lululemon. In the process, their refined trainers and running shoes have resonated with a discerning female customer, for whom they began a dedicated collection in 2014.
Today, they say the women’s business makes up 65 percent of APL’s sales. “We have always felt that consumers, whether male or female, were craving products that didn't feature big emblazoned logos,” says Adam, whose own signifier is his long sculptural beard. “Instead, we let the materials, colours, technology and design tell the story.”Or, as Ryan, the more close-shaven and blunt of the Adidas ZX 850 Donne two puts it, in reference to the clichéd approach of their rivals, “We don’t just shrink it and pink it.” When APL does include a blush pink or “greige” colourway in their assortment, it’s for both men and women, while other novel unisex upper fabrications include a glow-in-the-dark knit, animal print calf-hair, woven metallics and even cashmere.The majority of footwear ranges from $140 to $160 for core Nike Air Max Command Femmeperformance styles made in China, but reaches to $495 for Italian-crafted quilted-leather lifestyle sneakers. They recently launched Lusso, a crocodile skin high-top painted with 24 karat gold, which rings in at $20,000. They say they have customers who have purchased multiple pairs. There is also a new assortment of sports apparel. “It was something our customers kept asking for,” says Ryan, though he notes that it's a small Nike Air Max 1 Donne component of the business.Women are also one of the forces driving the rise of sneakers and activewear in fashion. “We’ve been watching women over the last few years, talking to our consumers, and we’ve really seen [them] fueling the sport and fitness lifestyle overall,” Amy Montagne, general manager of Nike Women, said at the Paris event (paywall).