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.
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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.
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.
All the sensors, servos and motors that allow humanoid robots like ATLAS to walk on two feet require a lot of battery power — so much so that they're still impractical for real-world applications. But by more closely replicating a human's gait — at least one with lots of swagger — Georgia Tech's DURUS requires far less power.
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.
Like many soul-searching 1990s adolescents, I was obsessed with Nike Air technology. I'd pore over the latest innovations, from visible forefoot air to tuned air to other types of air. I'd even buy used joggers at the trash and treasure market and tear them apart to inspect the air. As my young brain developed and my understanding of biomechanics advanced, however, I came to a realisation: Nike Air is bullshit.