Skip to main content

Banned in the NBA: Jump Higher with Athletic Propulsion Labs

atheletic propulsion labs vision low
Looking for a new pair of athletic shoes? These sneakers are built with special Load ‘N Launch technology designed to give you some serious vertical lift.  Adam and Ryan Goldston, twins and collegiate athletes, founded Athletic Propulsion Labs in March of 2009 in an effort to create a new line of shoes aimed to seamlessly blend performance and style. The technology they built into the shoes was so effective at increasing jump height, they were even banned by the NBA for “providing an undue competitive advantage” a year after their debut.

And they aren’t just great at giving you some extra hops; they take cues from classic sneaker silhouettes, providing a distinct look and style that doesn’t feel like it’s trying to reinvent the wheel. Their newest shoe, the Vision, is APL’s first low-top shoe, and features the same Load ‘N Launch technology as their high-top flavors.  An array of intertwined straps also provide articulated midfoot support that flexes and moves naturally with your foot. APL Concours load n launch If you feel like you need a little bit more ankle support, the Concours is an attractive design with the same tech features you’d likely find across the APL line. With a luxurious quilted suede upper, full-grain Nappa leather, and an icy translucent outsole, they look great on or off the court. Even with all the high quality materials, the Concours only weight just over 16 ounces, so they won’t drag you down when you need to start moving quickly. You can purchase sneakers with the Load ‘N Launch technology in a number of unique styles and colorways on the Athletic Propulsion Labs site.

Related Videos

Editors' Recommendations

Make shopping easy: The best gifts for men (no matter what he’s into)
These are the best gifts for men in 2023

Shopping for the best gifts for men can at times seem like a daunting task, whether it be for a birthday, an anniversary, or any gift in between. So, we decided to help you out and lend you a hand and make gift-giving a little less stressful with a thoughtfully curated list of tried-and-true gifts suited for men. And at times, no matter how well or how long you have known someone, you just don't know where to look.

From small everyday carry items and others from the cool tech world to experiences that help you disconnect to reconnect, we offer you a gift guide for every guy on your list or some nice ways to treat yourself, too. Ahead, you will find a list of the best practical gifts for every type of guy. With that being said, here are the best gifts for men in 2023.

Read more
The 10 best men’s workout shirts to help you get fit in 2023

There are multiple things to consider when purchasing new workout apparel. You want to make sure you do your due diligence beforehand. When looking for the optimal workout shirt, functionality often takes precedence over style, for most men. After all, a minimalist cotton t-shirt is ideal, but it won't look (or smell) so great after an hour-long workout, especially if your working out, outdoors. That's why, in the past decade, some of our favorite activewear brands like Lululemon, Vuori, and Under Armour have developed breathable fabrics with moisture-wicking and odor-fighting technology that are now practically must-haves for any exercise gear, especially when it comes to making high-quality shirts.

That being said, not all workout tops are created equal. When it comes to finding the right workout fit, make sure it doesn't feel too tight or baggy around your underarms, your shoulders, or across your chest, i.e., the areas you exercise most. We sifted through some of the most popular brands to select the best workout shirts that are as practical as they are fashionable. Here are our top picks for the best men's workout shirts of 2023.

Read more
St. Patrick’s Day: What to wear (without looking like a leprechaun)
Look stylish while participating in St. Patrick's Day customs

Every holiday has its own traditions and customs. And St. Patrick's Day is no different. While it is customary for people to wear green to honor the patron saint of Ireland, one of the most significant customs is that you get pinched if you forget to wear emerald, forest, sage, or lime green. Here are a few ideas on subtly keeping your style intact while protecting against the invasion of pinches the day brings.

We've rounded up our favorite gear picks from our favorite brands for this green-centric holiday. You don't have to go over the top and throw on shamrocks left and right. Subtle retro sneakers, a handsome olive green crewneck, a classic green tie ... all of these picks will work more than acceptable for a day we love to celebrate (in style and responsibly, of course).

Read more