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Nike was the brand that Marty McFly wore on his feet in the classic science fiction flick Back to the Future II. Next to the hoverboard he rode in that film, the shoes that lace themselves are what many fans wanted. Fast forward a few decades and Nike launched a version of those self-lacing sneakers that consumers could buy with the first pair landing in 2016. The catch was that the first pair of self-lacing shoes were very expensive, but a cheaper pair came later. The most recent self-lacing Nike shoes are the Adapt BB sneakers, and they work with an Android or iOS app. The Android version of the app landed last week, and reports are flooding in from owners of the fancy sneakers that the app... Read more...
Film director Robert Zemeckis and Nike introduced the world to the idea of self-lacing sneakers in the second Back to the Future movie, and now three decades later, shoe makers are making a spirited push to sell consumers on the real thing. Puma is the latest to pounce on the concept with a line of Fitness Intelligence (Fi) footwear. "We have created a product that speaks to the future of sport which is life in motion. It’s fast and changing all the time," said Charles Johnson, Puma’s Global Director of Innovation. More than just a new shoe, Puma is pushing a technology platform that is designed to give wearers a "performance fit." As currently implemented in beta form, there is a... Read more...
Anyone who appreciates '80s movies should have seen at least one entry in the Back to the Future franchise at this point. The first two films are the best with the third being a bit off the mark in many opinions. The coolest thing about Back to the Future II was the hoverboard for most kid's of the '80s, but at a time when your two options for tying your shoes were Velcro or strings, those self-lacing Nike shoes Marty McFly wore in the flick were a close second. Nike decided a few years ago to start building those self-tying shoes. The first pair of self-tying shoes were a limited edition, and the proceeds for the sale went to Parkinson's disease research, a condition that actor Michael... Read more...
Robert Zemeckis and everyone else involved in the Back to the Future series probably never envisioned that the sci-fi comedy flicks would become cult classics that are still enjoyed and frequently referenced three decades later. But here we are as Nike introduces a pair of self-tying shoes that are somewhat similar to the kicks Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future II. Nike unveiled its newest footwear at a New York event earlier this week. Called Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, the new shoes feature what Nike calls adaptive lacing born out of deep research in digital, electrical, and mechanical engineering. What's interesting about these shoes is that Nike isn't playing on the Back to the Future theme... Read more...
You can create just about anything with a 3D printer these days. That includes guns, pancakes, and now a running shoe, courtesy of New Balance, which beat rivals Nike and Adidas to the punch. New Balance also got a major assist from 3D Systems, a company based in North Carolina that developed a new elastomer powder material called DuraForm Flex TPU. The special material makes up the shoe's midsole. Unlike other materials New Balance has played with in the 3D printing arena, DuraForm Flex TPU is fairly lightweight, coming in at just 40 grams more than a traditional foam midsole design. It's also strong and elastic, traits that make the new midsole design appropriate for running shoes. Simply calling... Read more...
Adidas is relaunching its "mi adidas" app late this summer, though it comes with a twist to sneaker customization. This time around, mi adidas users will be able to apply any photographic image, including Instagram photos, to the 2014 model ZX Flux. Once you're happy with the result, Adidas will build the customized kicks and deliver them to your door. "For the sneaker lovers, it's an exciting chance to make a statement that's all your own, following in the footsteps of the sellout ZX Flux Photo Print Prism shoe released in April," Adidas explains. "For Adidast Originals, it's just the next logical step in breaking the mold of sneaker customization." It's not clear exactly how much customization... Read more...
Remember when Nike introduced Marty McFly's MAG shoes a few years ago? Nike only made 1,500 pairs of the MAG as featured in Back to the Future Part II, which were then auctioned off on eBay where they generated nearly $6 million for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. As cool as those replicas were, they were missing a key feature of what made the mythical version so awesome -- power laces. It seemed like Nike either wasn't capable or interested in a power laces function, but whatever the reason, it's no longer a factor. Nike Designer Tinker Hatfield was at attendance at the Jordan Brand's Flight Lab in New Orleans the other day, and someone asked him if we'd see power laces... Read more...
Obviously all the extra searches and scans at airports which have followed 9/11 mean that getting through an airport has become a marathon process.  One such part of an airport visit may be reduced in duration, thanks to technology.It all began with Richard Reid.  Reid was arrested on December 22, 2001 for attempting to destroy a Boeing 767 on American Airlines Flight 63, a flight from Paris, Charles De Gaulle International Airport to Miami International Airport, USA, by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes.  And since then, examining shoes has become a constant at not just airports, but at some courthouses and other secure facilities.Israel has introduced a step-on scanner... Read more...