Keep Whatever You Want Inside These See-through Platform Shoes

Back in the 1970s, there was a ridiculous pair of pimp shoes which had goldfish in their see-through heels. Now, there’s a modern take on that design which lets you fill up the bottom of your shoes with whatever strikes your fancy.

Made by YRU Shoes, Qloud shoes have a see through platform under their foot box, which can be loaded up with anything you can get through the secret opening under its insole. You can fill it with candy, gumballs, coins, paper clips, vending machine toys, marbles, or whatever. And while I don’t recommend filling these with water and goldfish, they could make for an interesting ant farm under your feet. Or Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers.

While the versions shown in the video and images above appear to be sold out at the moment, YRU is taking orders for its new neon pink and black Qloud Elevation shoes, which both start shipping in mid-August. They’re going for $150 a pair.

Footwear Designed using modern technology to give you the ultimate fashionably ergonomic design!

Did you know that the earliest known shoes are sagebrush bark sandals dating from approximately 7000 or 8000 BC, found in the Fort Rock Cave in the US state of Oregon in 1938? This humble and original everyday carry has been around for a while, with every generation leaving a distinct mark on the timeline of shoe design – be it the Chinese wooden shoes worn by women to keep their feet tiny to Kanye West’s Yeezy shoes. This versatile product has grown from a necessity to a fashion accessory, and this collection brings to mind the best of shoe designs for our modern, futuristic times. You check these out while I go research when the first high heel shoes were designed!

This is the Link by Padwa Design, Olga Kravchenko & Yehuda Azoulay, a shoe that has no shoelaces, straps, or even an upper cover. It’s literally a sole that ‘snaps to your feet’! Link presents a very unique approach to footwear. Just step into the soles and they automatically hug your feet, securing themselves in place. Without any upper cladding, the Link feels quite like walking barefoot. They allow your feet to remain ventilated, and providing all the freedom of movement and security you’d get from a pair of sneakers, but with the airy feel of flip-flops. Designed like a massive bumper-case for your feet, the Link is made with an EVA insole that provides the comfort and the grip, and a hard TPU outsole that comes with a fragmented design, allowing it to bend and flex with your feet. Together, the two materials make up Link’s construction, giving it flexibility, openness, friction/grip, and even a protective bumper around your feet, preventing your toes from accidental stubs and bumps.

Carota Design’s Nike self-lacing sneaker concepts literally look like they’re from the future. With hard-shell components and gloss/matte finish contrasts, they don’t look or feel like traditional shoes at all, aside from the familiar silhouette, which definitely is a good thing. Designed to highlight the futuristic aspect of shoes that secure themselves, the conceptual sneakers come with a red lace that stands well against the black sneakers. The laces travel from the outsole to the front, and then to the heel, where they connect to a motor that’s triggered by a button. Tap against the button and the motor tightens the laces up, securing the shoe in place. Tap a second time and the laces loosen, allowing you to slip your shoe out! A textbook ‘shut up and take my money’ product!

Using 3D printing, Ausin’s New Balance Study aims at redesigning fencing shoes keeping varying usage in mind. The result is two shoes that look a part of the same family, but you can immediately notice how the soles of both feet are completely different, molded by the areas of the feet that feel the most pressure during the lunge forward. Imagine this design philosophy for differently designed footwear carrying forward to other sports like bowling or golf!

The Plant Shoe by Mike Belgue (Native Shoes) doesn’t use new materials, but rather introduces old materials into a new, one-of-a-kind product. Each part of the shoe is plant-based, using materials like jute, pineapple husk, kenaf, linen, treated with natural oils like olive oil for suppleness and comfort. Tricky bits of the shoe’s design involved finding a workaround for the sole, which Native managed to solve by partnering with France-based Reltex to create a sole that comprises a eucalyptus-pulp insole, kenaf (hemp) and corn cushioning, and a sap-based tread that gives the shoes its grip. Binding all the shoe’s parts together formed the next challenge, as most shoe companies rely on toxic, non-biodegradable petrochemical-based glues to hold the sneaker’s parts together. Native’s solution involved stitching all the parts together using entirely plant-based threads that are strong enough for sneaker construction.

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.

Designed for bespoke comfort, and for unparalleled lightness while running, Nike’s Joyride Run Flyknit literally has a sole that’s filled with multiple tiny squishy spongy beads. Resembling a beanbag for your feet, the Joyride give your feet the same feeling a beanbag gives your body. A cushioned experience that takes the shape of your foot. Engineered to perfection, these beads have absolutely the perfect density, allowing you to run on any surface without feeling the stress on your heels, shins, or knees. Made from thermoplastic polyurethane or TPE, the beads are size-calibrated and placed exactly at crucial areas of the sole so as to expand in all directions when you land your feet on the floor, cushioning impact and letting you literally feel like you’re running on a bed of memory foam… or if you’re looking for a more poetic comparison… running on air.

Shoe Kenton Lee

Kids grow fast, which means they outgrow their clothes and shoes rapidly too… forcing low-income-family children to either wear shoes even after they stop fitting, or walk around barefoot. On a mission to make one shoe that lasts through this growth process, Kenton launched The Shoe That Grows, an innovative piece of footwear that expands to fit children as they grow with age. Ill-fitted shoes are uncomfortable, but walking barefoot leaves children vulnerable to soil-transmitted diseases and parasites that can cause illness and even death, aside from the cuts, burns, and blisters. The Shoe That Grows combats the unfortunate scenario where children outgrow their footwear by being the one pair of footwear that grows with them. Extending at the front, sides, and the back, the sandals work simply like a belt would… expanding with size and necessity.

The 3D Surprise shoe by Dewayne Dale was created as a result of conceptualizing directly in 3D CAD software, rather than sketching first and building later. The conceptual shoe features a unibody design with a subtle gradient from top to bottom, visually creating a separation between shoe and outsole, while there’s no surface break between the two. Harnessing the shape of the foot, building on the bones and muscles within, the 3D Surprise was envisioned as a new-age hiking boot with a design that was simple and sophisticated looking. The shoe comes with an exaggerated protrusion detail for the ankle bone, and a textured sole that looks industrial and organic at the same time.

Made to bend around your heel and fit onto any shoe of any size, the Spurz by 4id come in a wide variety of colors and can be configured to either flash a steady light or blink continuously. With a run time of 70 hours when on steady light and 100 when blinking, the Spurz will need a battery replacement probably once every 3 months. They’re even designed to be absolutely weatherproof, so whether you’re out in the sun, rain, snow, you know you’re visible, and literally ‘marked’ safe!

Pierre Hardy’s Vibe Sneakers are a perfect embodiment of that stormtrooper aesthetic, with its jagged zebra-esque design that gives the shoes heavy dynamism and contrast, making them absolutely eye-catching and jaw-dropping. Built with a gum sole and a calf-leather upper, the Vibe sneakers from Pierre Hardy are luxury and style wrapped in a singular package. Creating an edgy contrast with the racy geometric stripes, the Vibe’s patterns actually draw inspiration from sound waves, which are translated onto the shoe’s body by pairing leather cuts all the way from the bottom to the very top.

 

New Balance’s newest sustainable kicks are created from leftover surplus material!

New Balance’s Test Run Program, to be honest, is quite interesting! It is dedicated to testing and experimenting with new and innovative performance footwear. The latest result of this program is Seth Maxwell’s Test Run PRJ 3.0. Created at the New Balance Global Design Center, the shoe was created by leveraging and utilizing surplus materials.

The bold colorful sneakers are made from recycled materials, basically leftover scraps from other New Balance products! An existing sole was taken and a sustainable upper built was crafted around it. Since each pair is a combination of different recycled materials, each shoe is completely unique. Every element of the shoe is built using surplus factory-floor materials. The sock liner, cushioning pellets, upper mesh, and webbing all use leftover cutoffs. The Ecostep Vibram outsole contains 30% recycled material.

Pink, yellow, green, blue and red are some of the brights colors visible in the sneakers. The limited-edition sneakers are completely quirky, vibrant and fun, and not to mention super sustainable! In a time and age, where everyone is getting eco-conscious, it’s critical for the sportswear industry to reduce their carbon footprint as well. With the Test Run PRJ 3.0, New Balance has taken a step forward in the right direction. They’re a must-have for all sneakerheads!

Designer: Seth Maxwell for New Balance

Nike’s new self-lacing basketball shoes go on sale Sunday for $400

Last year Nike applied self-tightening / self-lacing tech to a basketball shoe for the first time with its Adapt BB. Now the Adapt BB 2.0 is ready to go on sale this Sunday as the NBA celebrates All-Star Weekend. The shoes have already been worn in-g...

KFC Teams up with Crocs to Make the Weirdest Shoes Ever

KFC’s marketing folks have some really strange ideas. Over the years, they’ve made chicken-scented fireplace logs, gravy-scented candles, and a Colonel Sanders bearskin rug. They’re either insane or just mad geniuses, because they’ve got me talking about their brand yet again.

Now, the home of fried chicken is collaborating with casual footwear maker Crocs to produce a pair of KFC-themed shoes.

The KFC Crocs are dressed up to look like the fast food chain’s iconic red-and-white-striped buckets and boxes, with their uppers printed with photorealistic fried chicken. To top it all off, they come with with a pair of charms which look like tiny drumsticks, and actually smell the part. I guess that’s one way to cover up foot odor – with fried chicken. If you don’t want your feet to smell like the Colonel’s original recipe, you can always remove the charms.

To top things off, the company released this totally bonkers promotional video, in which Korean fashion artist MLMA cooked up a pair of one-off chicken shoes with raised platform soles.

If you want a pair of KFC Crocs for some strange reason, you can sign up on the Crocs website to be notified when they’re available. They’re expected this Spring for about $60.

[via Business Insider]

Nike’s latest release reduces running injuries by 52 per cent!

Nike’s latest running shoe was designed to reduce injuries…by 52 percent! One of the major issue runners always face are running injuries, and these injuries have the power to completely end careers! Nike’s React Infinity Run comes from its React family of sneakers, however, it has been equipped with impressive improvements, majorly its wider midsole and plushier cushioning.

The React Infinity Run has 24 percent more cushy foam under the foot! The sleek midsole features a wider footbed, a rocker with a 9mm drop, and a cushion that lasts up to 600 miles. The rocker places the foot at a natural forward angle, allowing the wearer to run more effortlessly. Textured outsoles created from rubber ensure 100% stride efficiency. Reinforced synthetic protects the heel and enhances stability, while also serving as a base for the iconic Swoosh.

The vibrant color combination makes for an eye-catching and aesthetic sneaker! The shoe is also available in a subtler Wolf Grey and Black option. Nike promises that its latest release will “keep you on the run” and we buy it! Not to mention it’s been approved by professional runners including the Olympic runner Bernard Lagat!

Designer: Nike

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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

How to buy sneakers for the hypebeast in your life

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