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Footwear

Sports

Under Armour's 3D-printed shoes bring computer designer to heel

3D printing is being increasingly adopted by sportswear companies as a means of producing shoes that are lighter and custom molded for a snug fit. Like Nike, Adidas and New Balance before it, Under Armour has now launched a new trainer produced with the help of 3D printing. But the use of advanced technology doesn't stop there, with the shoe's latticed midsole dreamt up not by one of the company's designers, but by some pretty imaginative computer software instead.Read More

Mountain meets the sea in new diving fin design

Inspired by modern click-in/click-out ski binding systems, Italian entrepreneur Paolo Piumatti figured that scuba divers could benefit from something just as convenient. The resulting Finclip system lets divers get their fins on with no awkward bending over or sitting down.Read More

Energy

Kinetic energy-harvesting shoes a step towards charging mobile devices on the go

Through energy harvesting tiles, backpacks and insoles, there has been much talk about harnessing our kinetic energy to power mobile devices and other electronics. A team of researchers is claiming to have made a big breakthrough in the collective effort to turn human motion into usable energy, developing a new method of producing useful amounts of electricity from our footsteps.Read More

Health & Wellbeing

Smart socks keep watch over diabetics' feet

Many diabetics have limited feeling in their feet, and thus aren't aware when pressure is being exerted on one area of the foot for a prolonged period. As a result, they can develop chronic skin ulcers or other injuries, which can in turn sometimes lead to amputations. That's why a team from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is creating SenseGO – pressure-monitoring electronic socks.Read More

Sports

Adidas promises better ball control with its first laceless soccer boot

Adidas hasn't been afraid to test the waters when it comes to offbeat footwear. Between 3D printed running shoes, connected soccer cleats and football boots that appear more like socks, the German sports giant has been quite willing to publicly document its penchant for experimentation. In its latest foray, Adidas has done away with a staple of most covered footwear and launched a laceless football boot that's to be worn in-game by some of the world's top players this weekend.Read More

Environment

Adidas uses ocean trash to make footwear – and a statement

The world’s oceans are in peril due to a combination of pollution, overfishing and climate change. Recently, the Alfred-Wegener-Institut, a German center for polar and marine research, sent out a strong warning about fundamental changes that are occurring in those ecosystems. But awareness is growing and the fight to preserve the oceans has found an ally in Adidas, which has teamed with conservation group Parley for the Oceans to create footwear made with trash harvested from the ocean.Read More

Outdoors

On Wheelz skates lock onto your sneakers like clipless bike pedals

Roller skating and inline skating are both well past their primes, but there's a new generation of skates that offers a simpler, more casual skating experience. In place of a full-sized roller boot wrapping your entire foot and ankle, the latest skates slide onto your regular shoes. Models from companies like Cardiff use a basic strap system, but the all-new On Wheelz skates take things strapless, using a step-in system quite like clipless bike pedals.Read More

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