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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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.
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.
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.
Some would consider it as sacrilegious as when Coke dabbled with its classic formula back in the '80s, but after 98 years Converse has updated its iconic Chuck Taylor All-Stars. On the outside they look nearly identical, but on the inside the Chuck II is actually far more comfy for your feet.
It seems that Cobra's latest plan to take over the world involves bankrupting those with a soft-spot for nostalgia with a couple pairs of '80s toy-themed kicks from New Balance and BAIT.
Pop Chart Lab made this cool poster featuring basketball and running sneakers from the '80s and the '90s, or as they call it "the illustrious, ultra-rad '80s and '90s". If you are like me and often leave the store thinking that most of today's sneakers are not even half as cool as they used to be, you're going to love this.