There's an obsession with "immersion" in virtual reality. Everyone wants to find the next way to make VR experiences feel more real. So far, the best ways to do it have been room tracking sensors that let you walk around a designated area or wireless hand controllers that let you grab things in the virtual world. Now, a new startup is betting big on plastic shoes that give you a sensation that you're actually walking around in the virtual world.
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Of all the things you wear on a daily basis, shoes endure the most wear and tear, and thus rarely survive for more than a few years. Your options are usually limited to tossing the joggers in the bin. Now Adidas has created a new pair of sneakers that will completely biodegrade when you're done with them.
Last we heard, the incredibly rare Nike Mags self-lacing sneakers, which first appeared in Back to the Future II, were selling for over $130,000. So we were hopeful that the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 shoes, which feature the same self-lacing technology, would be an affordable alternative. But unfortunately that's not the case.
Video: If you're still heartbroken about not winning a pair of the Nike Mag self-lacing sneakers, you might want to skip this video. Super Deluxe hunted down "Chris", who was lucky enough to snag one of the only 89 pairs, and now treats the sneakers with more care than he would a newborn baby — and with good reason.
Hiking from Mexico through the United States and all the way up to Canada on the Pacific Coast Trail is just a little bit beyond a stroll in the park. It took Andrew Holzscuh, the hiker in the video, 166 days to take on over 4,184km. He got it done with only four pairs of shoes. This time lapse doesn't show the actual trail, just shots of his shoes everyday. It's neat to see all the different terrain on the trail.
The odds of winning a pair of Nike's amazing self-lacing Air Mag sneakers are slim, but Virgin America's custom First Class sneakers, which turn you into a walking ad for the airline, could be a decent consolation prize. You just need to outbid everyone else who's interested, since there's only one pair in existence.
Featuring sneakers in movies is a fun way to blend fiction and reality and adds another layer of geekery to any film (what are those?). But the best movie sneakers either give them a personality of their own, like the Nike Mags in Back to the Future or the Reebok Alien Stompers in Aliens. Or they're just damn cool like the Space Jam Jordan XIs in Space Jam.
If you win at the 2016 Olympics, not only do you get yourself a gold, silver or bronze medal — you also get a pretty nifty pair of shoes to take home with you as well. Adidas has an ultra-exclusive "winner's shoe" for the Olympic elite, 3D printed and with colour-coded laces to suit gold, silver and bronze.
Way back in 2008 BMW revealed an especially outlandish concept car called the GINA Light Visionary Model that traded metal body panels for a flexible lycra-like fabric wrapped around the vehicle. It wasn't exactly pretty, which makes it harder to understand why Puma would use it as inspiration for a new shoe.
Last year Converse redesigned its iconic Chuck Taylor sneakers for the first time in almost 100 years. The new version of the kicks went over so well that now Converse is updating its classic All Stars too with a modern take that replaces the canvas uppers with a lightweight and breathable knitted material.
Disney is continuing the Lucasfilm tradition of doling out Star Wars licenses to every last company on earth who wants to make merchandise. A couple years ago, Vans showed us that Star Wars shoes weren't an awful idea, but we take it all back after seeing these footwear creations from Irregular Choice.
Not to be outdone by Nike's shameless cashing in on the prop sneakers it created for Back to the Future II, Reebok is releasing the high-top alien-stomping sneakers that Sigourney Weaver wore in Aliens. They're available April 26.
Ever since Back to the Future II, people have wanted shoes with power laces. Well, it's happened. Nike has finally put power lacing in real shoes. In real life. As in, you'll actually be able to buy them. And you'll never have to tie a shoelace again. The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 will be the first real Nike shoe to implement the adaptive lacing tech and it's supposed to work just like it did for Marty McFly. Put them on and it magically tightens up around your feet.
Admit it, when you see a bunch of kids wearing Heelys roll past you at the mall, deep down you wish there was a version for adults, right? With Razor's new strap-on Jetts, there finally is. And they work with any pair of shoes, and any grownup weighing less than 80kg.