Few things are as unapologetically geeky as wearing pop-culture themed shoes. And if you're into that kind of thing, Sperry just announced some super sweet Star Wars ones.
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Astronauts are golden retrievers of human beings. The rest of us have to live vicariously through their resplendent existences while we sit back and watch hours of cats reacting to fidget spinners. Now, Reebok has decided to make our astronaut envy even worse -- it's finally revealed the space boots for Boeing Starliner astronauts and goddamn are they fly.
In 2016, Reebok released a pair of sneakers themed around the movie Aliens. The idea was universally praised... until those sneakers were released and appeared to only be in men's sizes. Men's sizes for a shoe worn in the movie by a woman. Well, it's 2017 and this year, Reebok is release TWO new pairs of Alien-themed sneakers. But this time, the sizing is unisex.
Nothing seems to sum up the universe's descent into disordered chaos quite like shoes getting untied. Try as your shoes might to keep themselves together (unless you're rocking Velcro straps), inevitably their strings will come unravelled, causing you to trip and fall in some embarrassingly public setting.
Back to the Future II gave us an awesome glimpse of the future where sneakers automatically laced themselves. What the movie left out, however, was that those sneakers would cost you $US720 ($938) a pair. Oof. But if you've got a bit of Lego lying around at home, you can give any shoe self-lacing powers on the cheap.
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.
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.