A New Flexible Filament Lets You 3D-Print Custom Sneakers

Are you tired of waiting for Nike to design the perfect sneakers for your tastes? Thanks to a new flexible filament from Recreus that can be used in standard 3D printers without clogging the nozzle, you can finally design and print your own kicks in a wide variety of colours. The only limiting factors are your imagination and sense of taste.

These Smartshoes Help The Blind Navigate City Streets

Wearable technology is a pretty busy buzzword these days, but some of the coolest inventions take the idea well beyond some gadget that lets you read email on your wrist. Wearable technology can actually be life-changing for some people. Consider, for instance, what these shoes can do for the blind.

Nike's Aggressive New Cleats Help Gridiron Players Turn On A Dime

The use of 3D printers has allowed Nike’s designers to prototype and test new footwear designs with a remarkably quick turnaround. And the latest shoe born from that new process is the Vapor HyperAgility cleat featuring re-engineered studs that Nike claims will give football players the necessary grip to explode off the line, but also stop and turn on a dime to evade an opponent.

Nike Designer Says Marty McFly's Power Laces Are Coming Next Year

If there was one disappointment about Nike’s awesome Back to the Future II Air Mag, it’s that the shoes didn’t have Marty’s power laces (and that they only made 1500 and neither you nor I own a pair). But Nike designer Tinker Hatfield says that’s about to change — power laces are coming in 2015. The future is here!

3D-Printed Custom Insoles Made From A 10-Second Video Of Your Foot

Everyone’s feet are different. But when you buy a pair of shoes they come with insoles that are designed to (mostly) fit everyone. Don’t your feet deserve better given the impacts they absorb for you all day long? A company called Sols has created a better way with a process where they can design and 3D print a custom fitted orthotic using just a video of your feet.

London's Giant Shoebox Is Actually An Adidas Pop-Up Shop

Pop-up shops are a dime a dozen these days but, when a brand decides to get weird, it’s often memorable.

How 3D Printing Supercharged Nike's New Super Bowl Cleat

Almost a full year ago, Nike introduced its first shoe ever built with the help of 3D printing technology. The thing was, that cleat, the Vapor Laser Talon (seen below), was built for an absurdly specific purpose and market — just the 40 yard dash, just for NFL players. Now, though, Nike is bringing what it’s learned from the VLT to the consumer market — innovations that, without 3D printing, we might not have seen for years to come.

Remote-Controlled Sneaker Lights Blind Your Friends With Awesomeness

These days, a set of Velcro straps across the top of your kicks just isn’t enough to impress your sneaker freak friends. To guarantee you’re the envy of everyone on your block, forget about dropping hundreds on the latest pair of Nikes — instead, strap a pair of these Light Kicks LED strips to your feet.

Adidas And Run-D.M.C. Made A Pair Of Christmas In Hollis Sneakers

Forget the ugly sweaters, the Santa hat, the light-up tie, even that pair of green pants you only wear once a year. Adidas and Run-D.M.C. have created the only garment you’ll need for holiday parties and family dinners with their new Christmas in Hollis-themed Superstar 80s sneakers.

The Awesomely Weird Biological Shoes That We Will Wear In 2050

London-based designer and researcher Shamees Aden has a vision for the future of footwear. It’s a future where shoes are 3D printed out of synthetic biological material that responds to your every step and can regenerate overnight. She’s even made a prototype.