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Millennials famously crave deeper, meaningful involvement with the world around them—and they often view athletic footwear, apparel and gear as a means of strengthening that connection and enhancing their personal growth. While old-school appeals focused on sports stars, product performance and fashion are still in the running, some brands have pivoted in recent years, taking an increasingly holistic, lifestyle-focused approach to get their pitches across the finish line with the all-important young-adult demographic.