You’ve seen levitating speakers, but have you seen a levitating SNEAKER?

Now I wish we had more images of this product, given how uniquely weird and impulsive it is, but there’s just the one. I’m thankful, however, that Lewis Hilsenteger (better known as Unbox Therapy) made this video displaying exactly what the Levitating Sneaker Stand from HYPELEV is, and who it’s for.

The Levitating Sneaker Stand is, to simply put it, for the person who can afford a $350 levitating stand because they just casually spent a fortune on a pair of sneakers. The C-shaped stand comes with a magnetic levitation unit within it. Power the stand, calibrate the shoe’s weight into the stand using a knob at the back, slip an incredibly powerful neodymium magnet into the shoe and carefully introduce it into the stand’s void. If you get the placement right, the shoe suspends in mid-air, infinitely rotating ever so gently like a modern-day relic. Whether you shoe suspends right in the center of the C depends on the shoe’s size, and its weight, and if you’ve got a shoe that hovers too close to the top, just load the inside with a few non-magnetic weights to bring the sneaker down, so it’s beautifully suspended in space with a noticeable gap both at the top and the bottom. A perfect stand to invest in for those Yeezy’s you bought but probably won’t ever wear. You’d have to buy two stands though.

Designer: HYPELEV

Inspired by Japanese bamboo weaving, Kengo Kuma’s shoes for ASICS are like ‘moving architecture’

Teaming up with the renowned Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma, ASICS has unveiled the latest edition of the Metaride, an all-white running shoe with a pattern inspired by Japanese Yatara bamboo-weaving, on the shoe’s body. The fabric strips wrap themselves in a seemingly chaotic way, but in fact, are strategically placed to hold the foot steady by binding with the shoe’s innovative Flytefoam base that uses cellulose nanofiber, a strong and lightweight wood-pulp derived material currently being researched and explored in Japan.

The shoe is described as ‘moving architecture’ by Kuma, who relied on the age-old technique of Yatara to provide aesthetic dynamism as well as a comfortable fit. The synthetic stripes wrap all around the shoe’s upper, securing your foot in place, while also cleverly forming the Asics stripe pattern on the side. The base is two-fold, with a brown midsole that breaks the all-white shoe’s design, and a white outsole at the bottom. The brown midsole is made from Flytefoam which uses cellulose nanofiber for strength and durability, while also remaining ecologically friendly. The CNF design gives the shoe’s sole its signature shape, with an upward-facing toe region that helps you run more comfortably. Right under the midsole is the white outsole which has a ‘Flytefoam Propel’ gel pad at the heel to give the shoe its enhanced cushioning and the wearer a literal spring in the step!

Designer: Kengo Kuma for ASICS

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Asics’ Gel-Quantum running shoe gets a special Tokyo 2020 makeover!

Created by the Gold Partner of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Asics has released a special edition of their Gel-Quantum running shoes with a vibrant color gradient and the Tokyo 2020 branding on the sides as well as the shoe tongue and rear. The shoes come with gel-cushioning in the rearfoot and forefoot and were created as a special commemorative series for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. I imagine the rainbow gradient would look absolutely fantastic when in motion, and I don’t see why this shouldn’t become a collectible item sometime in the future!

Designer: Asics

WAES’ plastic-free compostable sneakers create a big impact without a carbon footprint

It’s no secret that the fashion industry is one of the highest polluters on the planet. Here’s a fact that’s new though… the shoe industry pumps out more than 20 billion shoes each year, and virtually every single one of them has trace amounts of plastic in it. That’s not even considering the fact that for the most part, shoes are never biodegradable.

Couple the permanence of plastic with 20 billion and you’ve got a pretty deadly number on your hands. It’s easy to recycle cloth, but shoes, not so much. Since most shoes are made of multiple parts, featuring multiple materials glued together using synthetic glue, your footwear can’t be recycled or composted. The guys at WAES Footwear want to change at least one of those things. By engineering the plastic out of the footwear, WAES’ shoes look to nature and natural materials for inspiration. The shoes come in two variants featuring a certified organic canvas upper (the Hope) and an organic, tanned leather upper (the Chameleon), bound together using conifer glue and twine made from hemp, cotton, and flax; with an insole and outsole made from Lactae Hevea, or tree sap. WAES’ shoes are manufactured in Portugal and every element of the shoe is natural or nature-derived, and is biodegradable, including the shoe’s innovative packaging which is made from reusable wooden port-wine boxes!

One would probably think the absence of plastic would present some compromises, but nature has its way of providing better alternatives, says Ed Temperley, co-founder of WAES. The Lactae Hevea sole is, in fact, more durable and at the same time more flexible than plastic or synthetic elastomer soles, while the upper fabric and laces present a classic evergreen silhouette.

The regular shoes you wear may eventually end up in a landfill, but even a decade of wearing them results in sole abrasion, which causes plastic microparticles to enter the ground and atmosphere. By ditching the very use of synthetic polymers, WAES’ shoes have a significantly lower impact on the environment, and they biodegrade naturally, creating less waste in the long run… and for each shoe bought, the fine people at WAES pledge to plant a mangrove tree to help restore marine ecosystems!

Designers: Edward Temperley & Damian Quinn of WAES Footwear

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WAES –  Plastic-Free Compostable Sneakers

WAES is a 100% plastic-free and biodegradable sneaker without the ecological price-tag.

The Shoe Construction

Materials Overview

Zero  Waste

They use natural ingredients that have been engineered to remain easily compostable after they have been shredded, and the tiny amount of metal they use (Hope model eyelets) is easily recyclable in any household collection.

By using the highest quality materials (and a little cobbling knowhow), they have engineered the plastic out, and the bonus is they’ll last longer on your feet than most shoes, before eventually being ground down into plant food.

Color Options

The Chameleon: Organically Tanned Leather

The Plastic (Shoe) Problem

Carbon Neutral Footwear Production

Climate collapse is one of the greatest threats to our world, alongside the tide of plastic. Which is why they are working towards full carbon neutral certification via the planting of mangroves and have teamed up with SEA TREES and they will plant one mangrove tree for every pair of WAES shoes purchased.

Did you know Mangroves store carbon down in the seabed and are more than five times more efficient at sequestering carbon than a rainforest tree?

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This automatic shoe wears itself the moment you step into it!

With two satisfying clicks, the Bas or the Bistable Automatic Shoe wears itself around you. No electronics, no Bluetooth apps, no fancy self-lacing technology, just innovative thinking.

Yvonne Hung, a student at the Royal College of Art in London began her thesis project with the simple idea… what if textiles could move? Early on in the project, the designer had an accident and found her arm and hand in a cast for six weeks, when basic chores like getting dressed and putting on her Doc Martens became nearly impossible. That sparked the very idea of a shoe that could ‘wear itself’. Multiple iterations later, she arrived at textile-based actuators, or textuators, that could respond to the act of placing your shoe inside a sole. The Bas has a framework of passive bistable and compliant actuators, created by combining spring wire and elastic cord using a traditional basket weaving technique. Forces of tension between the two elements allow them to snap into either an open or a closed state, giving the shoe a literal ‘on-off’ mode. As soon as your heel and toe-ball apply pressure to the insole, the Bas comes alive, as the metallic armature inside it springs to life to envelope your foot. A custom-knit fabric woven around the metal framework gives the Bas a comfortable feel, while ultimately covering your feet with a protective fabric layer. To open the shoe, simply pull a loop at the back of the heel and the textuators flip open.

“Bas was created to demonstrate the potential of moving textiles”, said Yvonne to Yanko Design. “n the future, we may have new typologies of products that have multiple states—clothes that dress themselves, rooms that change shape, and furniture that self-assembles—all thanks to mechanical textiles.”

Designer: Yvonne Hung

Nike will drop exclusive, limited-edition sneakers inside ‘NBA 2K20’

Those of you who are into NBA 2K know that, for years, you've been able to buy sneakers from different brands for your virtual player in the game. But now, thanks to a new partnership between Nike and software publisher 2K Sports, you'll have a chanc...

Adidas readies an entire collection of Star Wars basketball shoes

If you're both a Star Wars fan and a hypebeast, the next month might a dream come true. Adidas is releasing an entire Star Wars x Adidas collection of basketball shoes starting on November 1st, catering to both your particular fandom and your footwea...