Adidas is proclaiming a "new chapter" of athletic shoes with its Energy Boost line, a $150 pair of running shoes powered by tiny capsules in the sole. The brand plans to roll out the shoes at specialty stores this month without the backing of a TV campaign, to gauge response before considering an ad blitz, says Patrik Nilsson, president of Adidas America. In the running-shoe category, Adidas is taking on Nike, which commands 54% of the global market compared with Adidas' 4.4%, according to SportsOneSource.
Adidas hopes Energy Boost shoe tech can help it take on Nike
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