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Footwear

Adidas to begin printing custom photos onto your sneakers

What could possibly go wrong? Adidas is preparing to release a smartphone app that takes your favourite photos and maps them onto a pair of sneakers, which you can then order. The example shoes actually look pretty sweet, but personally I'm looking forward to seeing the worst designs the public will have to offer.Read More

Wearables

SuperShoes tickle your toes to help you find your way

For today's smartphone-wielding urbanite, wandering aimlessly around the city streets is something of a rarity. There's Google Maps for when we don't know where to turn, ATM locators for when we need cash and then countless apps to tell us where to spend it. Looking to draw our eyes away from our smartphone screen and onto the world around us is Dhairya Dand, whose SuperShoes insoles use tickling patterns to communicate these typical smartphone functions to your feet. Read More

Sports

Evolution of the football boot continues with Adidas' knitted boot/sock hybrid

Last week Adidas announced a radical knitted football boot, the Samba Primeknit (top left), but in an announcement today, the company has gone one massive step further by combining the boot and sock into what it believes will be the football boot of the future. While acknowledging the boot/sock Primeknit FS (top right) is a concept model, it plans to release the all-in-one hybrid later this year. Adidas claims the hybrid design provides a bespoke lightweight barefoot-like second-skin with vastly improved “feel” and a perfect fit from toe to calf.Read More

Wearables

Lechal haptic footwear guides you by buzzing your feet

Three years ago, we heard about a prototype shoe that could be used to guide the wearer via haptic feedback. Designed by Anirudh Sharma, who was then a researcher at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Bangalore, India, the Lechal shoe was intended for use mainly by the blind. This week, however, Sharma and business partner Krispian Lawrence announced that the production version of the Lechal will soon be available for preorder, and it's aimed at helping all people navigate the city streets. Read More

Military

Lemur Studio Design develops mine detector in a shoe

Boot insoles can turn a pair of really uncomfortable brogues into podiatric clouds that can take a long hike and remove the foot ache. Now, Lemur Studio Design based in Bogota, Colombia, has come up with a concept for insoles that won’t just save your instep, but could save your life. A submission to the World Design Impact Prize 2013-2014 competition, SaveOneLife is a wearable mine detector that fits in a shoe and warns the wearer if and where a potentially deadly landmine might lurk nearby.Read More

Wearables

Digital positioning shoes keep track of firefighters

Disorientation inside smoke-filled and unfamiliar buildings can be a major obstacle for firefighters – and it's not as if they don't have enough to worry about already. Researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm have addressed this problem by developing fancy footwear that allows firefighters to be tracked in places where GPS fails, including up to 25 m below ground.Read More

Sports

Smart shoe to improve jogging technique on the run

Given its accessibility to anyone with two feet, jogging is one of the most popular forms of fitness activity around the world, with around 10 million people in Germany alone donning their running shoes and hitting the pavement on a regular basis, according to the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS). However, this popularity also translates into a large number of jogging-related injuries. In an effort to reduce the number of injuries, a research team from IPMS is developing a high-tech running shoe with the ability to evaluate a jogger's running form and technique in real-time.Read More

Outdoors Review

Review: ThermaCELL Heated Insoles

ThermaCELL released its wirelessly-controlled Heated Insoles in 2012, and I've been wondering about them ever since. A local store couldn't keep the things in stock last winter, yet I've also seen more than a few user reviews stating that they just don't work. Given that I live somewhere where cold toes are a common problem for several months a year, I really wanted to know what the case was ... and I figured that lots of other people would like to know, too. I got the company to send me a pair, in order to find out. Read More

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