APL Techloom Bliss Review

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Comfortable and easy slip-on shoes can’t be compared and replaced with anything else when you are walking, running or working out for hours. When APL decided to launch their new APL Techloom Bliss, they did many a favor. Athletic Propulsion Labs designed another revolutionary model that won’t be going out of style anytime soon. Featuring highly breathable knit fabric and cool, trendy colors, the Bliss became the perfect choice for those long workouts and yoga classes. Many, including Oprah Winfrey and Kris Kardashian, quickly made this model a staple in their wardrobe.

You may ask “Well, what’s so special about the APL Techloom Bliss”? First of all, it is laceless, which makes it easier to slip on and off for when you run from one class to another. Second, it is made for travel, running or working out. This means that the Bliss will not weigh you down or slow you down. Although it turned out to be a perfect blend between performance and luxurious style, many love the feather-like weight this model has.

In addition, a wide range of colors makes the design super versatile. You can either add sparkle with the metallic colors or send powerful messages wearing the red Bliss. But remember, whichever you choose to wear, will undoubtedly make you and your feet happy for a long time. If you want to find out more unique features of the APL Techloom Bliss, stick around for a full review.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  •     Variety of colors
  •     Versatile
  •     Easy slip-on design
  •     Superior comfort
  •     Highly breathable
Cons
  •     Bit pricey
  •     Average support
Colorways

Colorways

Aren’t you cock-a-hoop at finding that the style you love comes in so many colors? Although this variety of colorways makes it so hard to choose from, you can benefit from getting different colors of the same model. This is exactly the case with the APL Techloom Bliss. Not only it’s super easy to slip on and off, but it comes in a range of colors, to satisfy the fashion taste of each personality.

Starting from dusty red, sea salt, white, ombre, to the new metallic colors, Irish cream or roan rouge, the Bliss can easily match with your cute yoga outfit or your jogging tights. This model offers great styling, it is unisex, and you can wear it with jeans or tracksuit pants, whether you take them with you on your travels or for a stroll in the park. The APL Techloom Bliss also comes available in Bliss pink colorway to support BCA research.

Comfortability

Comfortability

When it comes to comfort, the APL Techloom Bliss offers plenty. They are lightweight and very practical. Featuring a proprietary foam material called Propelium, the Bliss model is pure joy made to absorb impact every time your foot hits the ground. The seamless high-elastic stretch rebound TechLoom upper allows for an extreme stretch that moves together with your feet.

Its one-piece upper construction made of perforated textiles not only provides a modern look but it allows for ample airflow. This helps your feet maintain dry and cool after extended wear. Although many love the Propelium cushioning that offers superior comfort, some may find that the soles and arches aren’t as supportive for long runs. However, for weight lifting and low-impact, strength-training workouts in the gym, they are known to perform well.

Insole

Insole

The APL Techloom Bliss features a cushioned footbed that makes this sneaker really comfortable. However, comfort comes with a price. After all, the Bliss model is well made and proven to be of good quality, plus it features an easy slip-on design, and it has a versatile nature. While the Propelium cushioned insole provides superior comfort, the Propelium compound in the midsole increases energy generation. This is due to the ability of this compound which should maintain midsole structural integrity longer than the regular EVA foam.
Key Features

Key Features

The APL Techloom Bliss consists of so many different parts that work together to provide the wearer with ultimate comfort, enhanced cushioning, great styling and easy slip-on design. Featuring a custom-milled satin elastic panel across the instep for a secure fit, which allows quick ingress and egress, the Bliss model is considered by many to offer effortless styling. The slip-on design also provides superb comfort and a seamless fit. While the newly developed Propelium midsole, designed to maximize energy production and shock absorption the Propelium insole offers excellent comfort for those long walks and workouts.

At the bottom of the sneaker, the durable, rubber outsole features a new traction pattern with forefoot crash pad for smooth landings of the foot. This Techloom Bliss style is also famous for the lightweight feel, weighing only 8.4 ounces in e men’s size 9. Last but not least, the 8 mm drop from the heel to the forefoot, helps your foot keep its natural position for the whole time.
Midsole

Midsole

What makes the midsole the most active part of the APL Techloom Bliss can be directly attributed to its use of unique technology. Utilizing proprietary Propelium™ technology, the midsole is in charge of boosting energy production and delivers ultimate comfort, shock absorption and enhanced cushioning. This Propelium compound makes sure the midsole keeps its structural integrity at a high level, longer than the standard EVA foam material.

Thanks to the Propelium sole technology, there is a crash pad for smoother landings at the forefoot. The Propelium is developed for direct ground contact, which allows for less rubber on the outsole. The bottom features a thicker thread that brings about better support and longevity and, in addition, there is a cut-out in the center, which reduces shoe weight in a significant manner and helps the Bliss feel lighter on your feet.

Outsole

Outsole

The bottom of the APL Techloom Bliss uses a durable rubber outsole with a forefoot crash pad, which allows untroubled and pain-free landings. The Propelium technology applied to the outsole is designed for direct ground contact, which allows less rubber to be used on it. The bottom sole utilizes a thicker thread that provides better support and long-lasting wear, and in addition, the cut-out in the center significantly reduces this model’s weight. This, on the other hand, helps you move lightly and effort-free from one yoga class to another or when you go traveling.

Support

Support

The APL is known to make good quality training and running shoes. While training shoes provide excellent ankle support and perform great in sports, their runnings shoes make the best use on long distance runs. Our model, the Techloom Bliss is designed as a running model that is also APL’s most lightweight style. Even though long-distance runners love the look of this design, they found it to have little to no arch support for their long runs. Also, customers with high arches agreed the APL Techloom Bliss should have more arch support for that group of people.
Upper

Upper

APL uses Techloom technology in most of their sneakers. It is a revolutionary technology that puts a seamless woven from performance textiles into one-piece upper construction for a perfect fit. The top is engineered in such a way that features like breathability, flex, support and strength are strategically placed in critical areas where the mentioned features are most needed.

The upper construction is an essential part of the APL Techloom Bliss. Featuring a satin elastic band across the arch, the Techloom mesh stretches and adapts to the shape of the foot, providing superior comfort and seamless fit. This flexible part also comes in handy to keep the shoe stay put. However, some customers reported that even though they are great for walking, they had trouble keeping the Bliss on when performing athletic activities.

At the back, there is a heel pull tab, allowing for easy put on and take off. Due to the Stretch Rebound Techloom technology, the round-toe box is reported to be quite roomy, allowing you to push off the ground with more force. The APL name logo is featured at the center of the tongue, which is lightly padded. On the inside, the foot is surrounded by soft textile lining which helps promote ample airflow.
Versatility

Versatility

According to some customers, the APL Techloom Bliss can be worn almost everywhere, as long as it’s not used for a long run or strenuous athletic activities. Although this model provides average support, some said it worked well for their long runs, while others said there are best used for shorter runs. What many agreed on is that The APL Techloom Bliss is definitely versatile and can be your new casual walk around design. We are all used to tying our sneakers for a more secure fit when we run or do high-impact activities. Being a slip-on, the Bliss doesn’t perform the best when you take them for a run. The reason behind it is not only the slip-on design but the little amount of rubber used on the outsole.

For the price, we expect this shoe to have everything and to be multi-purpose too. The APL Techloom Bliss is best used for gym and yoga classes, walking around in style, dancing, and definitely traveling. For people like Oprah Winfrey and Kris Kardashian, the Bliss is their go-to sneaker, but for most of us, it’s unaffordable.

The APL Techloom Bliss model fits perfectly in the size you would usually wear with other sneakers. However, some customers reported they run a bit large, even while wearing socks. Some wearers also recommend that if you can’t find a size in the women’s section, you may be able to find the same model in men’s sizing, since it’s unisex.

Weight

Weight

This is where the APL Techloom Bliss excels. Weighing only 7.3 ounces in a size 7, this model currently secures the 1st place as the lightest APL shoe on the market. So, if you are looking for an easy on-off lightweight athletic shoe, that is also lace-free and long-lasting, the APL Techloom Bliss may be a perfect choice. Easy to put on and light enough for your gym workouts and dance routines.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Overall, this new model by APL, the Techloom Bliss, has proven to be of good quality, long lasting performance and super comfortable too. Although many customers agreed that it doesn’t offer the best support for long runs, the sneaker still performs well for workouts, traveling, walking or dancing. We know for a fact that the Techloom Bliss is lightweight and that is one of this model’s best attributes. Weighing only 6.8 ounces, for a 7.5 size, rest assured you won’t be weighed down by this model. Another area where the design excels in is the easy styling and slip-on and off design and seamless fit allowed by the custom milled satin elastic strap.
This perfect for travel model features APL’s proprietary Propelium™ technology, made to increase energy generation and provides ultimate comfort. At the bottom of the sneaker, the traction pattern incorporates a durable rubber outsole. This sole is designed with a forefoot crash pad, which allows you to have smooth landings. At an 8 mm drop, your foot will keep its natural position even after extended wear.
Many customers agreed that the price is a little bit high but worth the investment. Available in a wide range of colors from dusty red, sea salt, white, ombre, to the new metallic colors, Irish cream or roan rouge, you can easily match the APL Techloom Bliss style with your favorite outfits and colors. With a vast selection in colors combined with an easy slip-on design, the Techloom Bliss makes a perfect choice for your yoga classes, long or short travel trips, casual walks around town or your Saturday night dancing classes.
With such a versatile model, don’t be surprised if you end up getting two or three colors of the same model. After all, with a variety of colors like the Bliss offers you will definitely be able to match them with every outfit you have in your cupboard. We love the new APL Techloom Bliss, and we hope you will too!