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Sports

Barefoot-leguano socks/shoes feature massaging bubble soles

After seeing a barrage of ever-changing styles over the past few years, we've become sort of numb to the weirdness of barefoot shoes. But, every once in a while, a manufacturer manages to introduce a design that shocks and awes. The barefoot-leguano that we spotted at the recent ISPO sports show is one such design. Sort of a Swiss Protection Sock with a mild Reebok ATV-style bubble sole, these shoes aim to fill that lessening void between full shoes and bare piggies. Read More

Sports

Pakems: Comfy apres ski boots that fit in your pocket

Outside of concrete mafia sneakers, ski boots are the stiffest, most uncomfortable footwear you can possibly torture your peds with. The minute you disengage your ski bindings, you want them off, but you typically have to slog across the base village back to your car or locker. Pakems are casual shoes designed to be carried while skiing so you can change into something more comfy on the spot. Read More

Health & Wellbeing

Smart insole designed to correct gait problems

People who have received an artificial leg, had a hip replacement, or who are recovering from a broken leg all want to avoid one thing – developing a limp. Not only will it limit their mobility and increase the risk of falls, but it can also lead to problems such as osteoarthritis. That’s why University of Utah mechanical engineer Prof. Stacy Bamberg is developing the Rapid Rehab system – it’s a “smart” insole paired to a smartphone app, designed to provide users with feedback on how they walk. Read More

Outdoors

Barefoot shoes go hiking with the Lizard Kross Scramble

Barefoot shoes have been one of the biggest stories in running over the past few years. Their somewhat controversial benefits include encouraging better dynamics and preventing certain types of leg stresses and injuries. It's not clear if those benefits will transfer over to hiking, but at least one manufacturer is giving it a shot. The new Lizard Kross Scramble is a minimalist hiking shoe designed for trails and rock approaches. Read More

Footbrake fold-up, pocket-sized shoes for after-sport comfort

Certain sport shoes – ski boots, mountaineering boots, SPD bike shoes, etc. – are all necessary for the field but highly uncomfortable the minute you stop moving and start relaxing. Problem is, you can't always carry around a comfy pair of after-sport shoes in your pocket. FOOTbrakes are folding sandals designed for this very purpose. Read More

Wearables

"No Place Like Home" GPS shoes inspired by The Wizard of Oz

British designer Dominic Wilcox has created a pair of prototype shoes which offer to guide the wearer home with built-in GPS navigation. The inspiration for the clever footwear derives from The Wizard of Oz character Dorothy’s red shoes, which famously transported her home with a click of her heels. Naturally, the GPS system within Wilcox’s shoes is also activated by clicking the heels together. Read More

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