How 5 Sports and Shoe Brands Are Convincing Millennials to Lace Up

Converse, Asics aim for 'actions and authenticity' in marketing

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.

@DaveGian davegia@hotmail.com David Gianatasio is a longtime contributor to Adweek, where he has been a writer and editor for two decades. Previously serving as Adweek's New England bureau chief and web editor, he remains based in Boston.