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— 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.

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— Wearable Electronics

The Digitsole Smartshoe: Because, uh, your upper body is already covered in wearables? (hands-on)

CES is full of products claiming to be the world's first something. Make the description specific enough and you can be the first anything: world's first 3D-printed, Bluetooth-connected, GPS-enabled smart peanut butter jar, anyone? Well, today at CES Unveiled we stumbled upon a company claming to have the world's first, ahem, smart shoe.

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— Wearable Electronics

ShiftWear sneakers kick futuristic footwear up a notch with animated E Ink displays

Fashion trends come and go, but a new shoe concept is intended to keep you up to date with the latest style, or let you coordinate your footwear with any outfit, without requiring an Imelda Marcos-sized shoe collection. The ShiftWear sneakers are designed with flexible E Ink color displays that can be customized with images or animations directly from a smartphone or tablet.

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— Wearable Electronics

Nike reveals functioning self-lacing sneakers from Back to the Future

Everyone from automakers to Stanford researchers have piled on the publicity bonanza that is, or was, Back to the Future Day. But true fanatics of the franchise holding out for something more authentic will be rejoicing in the announcement of legitimate, bona fide, self-lacing Nike Mag high-top sneakers, as worn by time-traveling hero Marty McFly. The sportswear giant has sent the very first pair to Michael J. Fox, with more to become available in spring of 2016.

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— 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.

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— Good Thinking

ShopInstantShoe instant-fit shoe system is heading for stores

For women, buying the wrong shoes can be about more than just esthetics. If they end up with shoes that don't fit properly, they can develop foot disorders such as bunions, hammertoes or ingrown toenails. That's where the European Union's DemoShopInstantShoe project comes in. Established a few years ago, the collaborative effort is now about to release a device that instantly adapts off-the-rack shoes to a custom fit.

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