If you are a runner then you are familiar with the Nike Internationalist. This Carolina specific shoe relies heavily on the design of that shoe. The Nike technology works to give this shoe an extremely smooth ride. The upper is a mixof textile and synthetic leather which gives you durability AND the great Tar Heel look. There are rubber pods on the midsole/outsole to give the shoe durable traction. While the TPU heel clip provides the stability. One side has an interlocking NC and the tongue says CAROLINA. Add to that the navy and Carolina Blue colors and everyone will know this is the shoe of a Tar Heel.