Four Season Boots With Kevlar + Tyvek – Oh Wow!

Four Season Boots With Kevlar + Tyvek – Oh Wow!

Boots are the first ones to go wet and squishy during unexpected showers and snow. And we all know that wet feet equal to chills and sniffles; so does this mean we need to invest in different shoes for different weather? NO! This is the new age and technology driven Footwear Company, THE UT.LAB, is out with a four-season boot named THE ARGONAUT. Its innovative, its urban and its for all of us!

0 Designer: THE UT.LAB [ Buy it Here ]

A Pair of NINJA for Your Feet

A Pair of NINJA for Your Feet

UPDATE: Preorders Open Till July 18th, 2014

The thing about shoes is that you want them to be light, comfortable, fashionable and durable. Look down on your feet, does your current pair offer you all of this? Thought as much! Why subject your feet to blisters and pain in the name of style, when you can easily get all of the above with Unbelievable Testing Laboratory’s THE NINJA Shoes. Innovative in design and materials, each Microfiber pair weighs less than 260 grams.

0 Designer: THE UT.LAB [ Preorder NOW ]

Studio Wrap

Studio Wrap

The Nike Studio Wrap is crafted to help women make the most of workouts typically done in bare feet. I am talking about yoga and the likes. Designed as modular wrap, the system includes a ribbon and a flat sole. The goal is to provide barefoot training with an innovative support that helps enhance the fitness training and protect the feet from callouses.

0 Designer: Nike

3D Shoes! Footloose!

3D Shoes! Footloose!

By pairing data acquisition, user behavior, and rapid prototyping, the designers at Pensar wish to create footwear conforming to our individual anatomy and using biomechanics as the foundation. The DNA concept leverages rapid manufacturing to create a shoe built to our foot contours. Pressure sensors and accelerometers fitted trainers are taken for a run and then based upon the data collected, the 3D printed shoe is created!

0 Designers: Alex Diener & Pensar Development

Sea-Life Inspired Shoes

Sea-Life Inspired Shoes

Take a look at the bottom of the Octopax soccer shoe and its aquatic inspiration will be immediately obvious. Like the suckers and tentacles of an octopus, the outsole of this shoe utilizes air pockets and spaced grips to tear into the ground, providing maximum traction and enhancing maneuverability on the field.

0 Designer: Tobin Dorn

The Winner's Rowing Shoe

The Winner’s Rowing Shoe

Winning this year’s Plastics Industry Award for Product Design of the Year is this genius adjustable rowing shoe. Before, shoes had to be manufactured in a range of sizes, meaning rowers had to put up with the wrong size or take time to swap out. Also, previous models of fixed shoes couldn’t be washed & would often end up smelly & unhygienic. The Active Tools 2k Rowing Shoe addresses these problems by being adjustable to the rower’s size & having an outer shell molded from soft EVA/TPO foam so they can be kept clean.

Sexy Feet in Fancy Slippers!

Sexy Feet in Fancy Slippers!

The Aero unisex slippers collection is a cross between kitsch and uber functionality that can give your feet a new reason to smile. I love the fact that you can mix and match between two colors and they look reasonably comfortable on paper. All I’m waiting for is the final version to arrive on my doorstep, so that I can head out into the sun…. just me and my sexy looking slippers!

0 Designer: Andrej Čverha

Just Do It, Yourself

Just Do It, Yourself

The Creo Shoe Concept focuses on user integration by allowing the wearer to become a part of the production process.  The footbeds, shoelaces, outer soles, and sewing pattern are sent to the user in a leather envelope that doubles as the inner part of the shoe. I am all for anything DIY or that supports local commerce and I love that the wearer can stitch the inner shoe themselves or hand it over to a local shoemaker for tailoring. The Creo’s real value is knowing exactly where it came from.

0 Designer: Jennifer Rieker

Shoes of the Centipede

Shoes of the Centipede

Flex your toes in these bad boys, I tell you soccer players all over the world. Football players! I meant to say that. The ball is round, and you kick it across the field into the goal. That game. Put these shoes on for it. These are the Umbro “Centipax” shoes, a concept by Tobin Dorn. It’s an outsole design that absorbs the impact of everything using injected EVA and makes you fly above the ground with super speed. Lightweight, flex grooves in the heel, distribution of impact. Inspired by the creepiest crawliest insect in the world, the trillion legged centipede.

0 Designer: Tobin Dorn

Straw Sneakers

Straw Sneakers

In this project, designer HoDong Sung took on the task of redesigning a two thousand year old shoe. A shoe design, I should say, not a old rotten shoe. The Bio Mituri is the 2009 re-design of the traditional Mituri straw shoe from Korea. Reducing pollution and increasing style points at the same time! Enjoy this and Sung’s fantastic industrial design travels and shoe-history in real sneaker comfort!

0 Designer: HoDong SUNG

Nike LunarGlide+ Review

Nike LunarGlide+ Review

Nike is renowned the world over for their running shoes so when the LunarGlide+ racked up award after award for product design, I got interested. I’ve never been a runner so this was a golden opportunity to get my feet wet. Thanks so much to Kasey and Demetria for hooking up the sneaks. Hit the jump for my review.

0 Designer: Nike [ Buy it here ]

Foldable Sneakers

Foldable Sneakers

About 15 years ago, a fashion designer exhibited a line of clothes that folded into books. It was a new paradigm for dressing. I can’t for the life of me remember his name but the Minimax concept by Marc Illan triggered a flashback when I was inspired to study the math and art behind origami. The “foldable shoe” idea, tho not original, is explored really well here. A simple urban slip-on that looks great. There are advantages for both consumers and retailers from being able to fold it flat for storage. It’s a reduction in material waste and packaging. Brills!

0 Designer: Marc Illan

Really Really Dry Pair Of Gumboots

Really Really Dry Pair Of Gumboots

Being a hardcore Urbanite, I don’t think I really appreciate the need for really dry shoes. Not that it doesn’t rain in my city; we do get our fair share of monsoons, but it’s just that I can’t fathom the need for a specialized drier for my shoes. On the other hand folks who tend to spend much time outdoors (like farmers) and work in damp environments would really value the Windry Boot Drier. This device works by directing air into the boot, accelerating the evaporation of moisture, thus drying the gumboots pronto.

0 Designer: John Lee for The Ideas Foundry

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