If you want to change the color of your shoes, pour some sulfuric acid on them. Sure, your shoes will turn into utter useless mush, but you can transform a khaki canvas color into a deep purple with only a few globs of acid.
You can get safes camouflaged as everything from water bottles to cans of shaving cream, but our new favorite way to protect your valuables might be this Nike shoebox strongbox that few intruders will even think to look inside—unless they’re really after a rare pair of Jordans.
Way back in 2008 BMW revealed an especially outlandish concept car called the GINA Light Visionary Model that traded metal body panels for a flexible lycra-like fabric wrapped around the vehicle. It wasn’t exactly pretty, which makes it harder to understand why Puma would use it as inspiration for a new shoe.
Companies like New Balance have been using recycled plastic from water bottles to make shoes for years now. But Adidas is taking that idea one step further. Teaming up with Parley for the Oceans, its new Adidas x Parley sneakers are also made from plastics recovered from the ocean.
Last year, Converse redesigned its iconic Chuck Taylor sneakers for the first time in almost 100 years. The new version of the kicks went over so well that now Converse is updating its classic All Stars too with a modern take that replaces the canvas uppers with a lightweight and breathable knitted material.
Disney is continuing the Lucasfilm tradition of doling out Star Wars licenses to every last company on earth who wants to make merchandise. A couple years ago, Vans showed us that Star Wars shoes weren’t an awful idea, but we take it all back after seeing these footwear creations from Irregular Choice.
Adding to a long list of pop culture collaborations, which has yielded fare like Star Wars- and Disney-themed kicks, Vans is now working with Nintendo on a new line of branded sneakers featuring characters and power-ups from classic 8-bit NES games, including Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, and even Duck Hunt.
Ever since Back to the Future II, people have wanted shoes with power laces. Well, it’s happened. Nike has finally put power lacing in real shoes. In real life. As in, you’ll actually be able to buy them. And you’ll never have to tie a shoelace again. The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 will be the first real Nike shoe to…
It’s been 20 years since Under Armor changed the way football players wicked sweat out of their pits. Since then the company’s expanded to producing all kinds of apparel as well as shoes. To celebrate its twentieth anniversary Under Armour is tackling a brand new market: 3D-printing.
Admit it, when you see a bunch of kids wearing Heelys roll past you at the mall, deep down you wish there was a version for adults, right? With Razor’s new strap-on Jetts, there finally is. And they work with any pair of shoes, and any grownup weighing less than 176 pounds.
An easy way to ensure toddlers don’t randomly yank their shoes off is to put a squeaker in there, turning every step into a symphony of fun sounds. Or, at least, fun to the child. To parents it can get annoying real fast, which is why Ikiki was smart enough to put on/off switches in its toddler shoes.
Like many soul-searching 1990s adolescents, I was obsessed with Nike Air technology. I’d pore over the latest innovations, from visible forefoot air to tuned air to other types of air. I’d even buy used sneakers at the flea market and tear them apart to inspect the air. As my young brain developed and my understanding…
Back in 2011, the Nike Air Mag, the shoes that Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future II, were released to a ravenous fan base. There was only one problem, unlike the shoes seen in the movie, Nike’s Air Mags didn’t have power laces. Nike promised they would come 2015, and today the company delivered.
Ballet shoes are dainty and thin and totally unique. Jack Flynn and Nick David filmed this short documentary of the Freed of London ballet shoe factory in Hackney, London to give us a look at how they’re made and the history behind the shoe factory and the people that have worked there for years.
With a new Star Wars movie on the horizon, the next few months are going to be an overwhelming onslaught of merchandising. But thankfully we’ve already hit rock bottom now that you can buy fur-lined Chewbacca Crocs—and not just in kid sizes.
So far, the most practical use man has found for ferrofluid—the mesmerizing black goo that reacts to magnets in cool ways—is as gorgeous eye candy. And that’s totally OK, because how else would have Nike realized this slick animated display for its new Kevin Durant sneakers?
The sole of an espadrille—a really basic form of shoe—is made from rope. Specifically, jute rope. It’s a rather impressive (though also totally quaint) process as the rope needs to be braided together with different twines and then hand molded and pressed into the shape of a foot. Here’s how they do it.