Pearl Izumi

Make athletes better.
Plain and simple.

ABOUT PEARL IZUMI

Pearl Izumi Running ShoesTo know where you are going, you first have to know where you came from.
These are the moments that set our history in motion, and still push us forward today.

90 pounds. 38 miles.
Before there was a Pearl Izumi, there was a man and a bike. He rode that bike 38 miles a day, every day. Not for exercise or for the fun of it, but to deliver 90 pounds of clothing to his customers in a neighboring village.

The year: 1955. The man’s name: Kinji Shimizu. And in nine short years, he’d go from lugging clothing on a bike to redefining what every cyclist wore on them.

Pearl Izumi Road Trail Running Shoes

Project E:Motion from Pearl Izumi

Pearl Izumi E Motion Running ShoesTHE PERFECT PACKAGE = A SEAMLESS UPPER FOR A SMOOTH FIT + A SOFTER, MORE FLEXIBLE MIDSOLE FOR A SMOOTH RUN.

With Project E:MOTION Pearl Izumi honed in on that singular, simple, yet oh-so-important ideal–to deliver the smoothest running experience possible. It’s not just about a midsole made for perpetual motion, energy-returning heel and
forefoot foam or an industry-leading seamless upper (though we’re sure proud of the ones we’ve designed). It’s about the total package–the fusion of technology and function that delivers a fluid, responsive, ridiculously sublime ride.

The forward-driving, intuitive flow of Pearl Izumi footwear makes running feel–dare we say it–almost effortless, allowing you to run fresher, further. From our lightest weight racing flats to our most stable road and trail training shoes, we offer the perfect package for every runner–including the one in you.

Pearl Izumi’s Project E:Motion Technology

  • 3-D SEAMLESS PRINT UPPER: Adds lightweight structure and upper integrity with unlimited opportunity for textures, layers and colors– and reduced material waste; new 360-degree design (select models) features aesthetic flow from every angle and improved midfoot fit
  • LEVEL 3 DYNAMIC OFFSET MIDSOLE: Fast looking, low-to-ground aesthetic in a super smooth, responsive ride; enhanced midsole (select models) offers an even smoother, softer run experience
  • 1:1 ENERGY CUSHIONING: Heel and forefoot foam returns energy to the runner–something we like to call the boomerang effect
  • IMPROVED OUTSOLE DESIGN: Enhances traction and improves on-the-road and in-the-dirt durability
  • DIRECTIONAL VISIBILITY/REFLECTIVITY: Reflective tongue mesh, laces and heel area elements keep runners safe and seen in low light conditions (select models)
  • DISTINCT WOMEN’S DESIGNS: Unique aesthetics especially for women–because there’s no such thing as unisex

More About PEARL IZUMI COMPANY

Pearl Izumi Running Trainer1 in 15.
In 1964, one of Kinji’s sons, Hiro, raced for the Japanese national team at the Asian Cycling Championships. The team ordered its usual fourteen cotton kits. And a special fifteenth.

After the races, the team director filled a helmet with scraps of paper with each racer’s name. As fate would have it, Hiro’s name was pulled. He won the special jersey. It was made in Italy and 100% nylon. Unlike anything he’d ever seen before.

Relentless force.
Later that year, Kinji created his first kit based on that made in Italy design. He used only the best materials he could find.

Kinji continued pushing his concepts. He was endless in his endeavors, constantly researching new fabrics and studying the body in motion.

Over the next five decades, this obsessive approach led to innovation after innovation. Building the very foundation for everything we do today.

The team at Pearl Izumi are innovators, product testers, cyclists, marathoners, triathletes, rec league all-stars, dog lovers, thrill seekers, gluttons for punishment, brew masters, skiers, coffee fiends, nature advocates, mountain dwellers, bike hoarders, weekend warriors, Kona champions, parents, craftsmen and so much more. But most of all, we are Pearl Izumi.