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Wear Your Favorite Instagram Pics on Your Adidas Kicks

Adidas Instagram Shoes

Taking shoe customization one step farther is Adidas with their soon-to-be-released app, which allows you customize a pair of Adidas ZX Flux training shoes using your favorite Instagram shot. From selfies and groufies to scenic shots and photos of your favorite things, the possibilities are endless.

You might want to reconsider that selfie though because you wouldn’t want to give anyone the chance to step all over you literally now, would you? (Sorry about that, couldn’t resist!)

The app will be released with iOS and Android compatibility this August.

VIA [ C|NET ]

B-Shoes Are For the Clumsy: Smart Fall Prevention Shoes

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If you’ve got two left feet and trip over stuff a lot, then you might need to trade in your Chucks for this pair of shoes. These B-Shoes are uniquely-designed footwear with an integrated fall prevention system to make sure that you stay upright–at least while you’re wearing them, anyway.

Kidding aside, the B-Shoes were made especially for older folks who are prone to spills due to their age and perhaps slower reflexes. The shoes aren’t called smart for nothing, as they prevent falls by kicking into action when they detect that the wearer has lost his balance and is about to fall backwards.

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3D-Printed Sneakers are Flexible, Foldable, Durable

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“Prepare for the unexpected” is what they always say. While you can’t exactly prepare for every single thing, you could take a cue from past experiences to prepare for the inevitable. For example, if your friends have a habit of inviting you out at the last minute for a game of basketball, then it might be a good idea to keep a pair of sneakers in your car, right?

If you don’t drive, then the Sneakerbot II is a good option. These 3D printed sneakers were inspired by Back to the Future and Star Wars, and it shows in its design, which was done by Recreus founder Ignacio Garcia. Using his company’s new Filaflex 1.75mm filament, the resulting 3D-printed sneakers can be bent and folded so you can just fold them up and throw them into your bag or briefcase.

You can download the 3D files for the Sneaketbot II HERE.

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Sebastian Errazuriz’s ’12 Shoes for 12 Lovers’ are Wearable Art With Rich Backstories

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Relationships, regardless of how serious they are, will impact your life in one way or another. This is specially true in Sebastian Errazuriz’s case, who used his past relationships and experiences with ex-girlfriends as inspiration to create 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers. It’s essentially a collection of twelve shoe sculptures that capture the essence of the women and the relationship that he had with them.

For example, the shoe pictured above, “Cry Baby” Alexandra, is about a weeping girl who came to him after a particularly bad break-up. Another shoe in the series, “Gold Digger” Alison, is about a girl who left him for her rich boss (exactly what the name implies.)

You can find the rest of the shoes in the series after the break.

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Fairy Tale-Themed Footwear: Walk Happily Ever After

Fairy Tale Footwear

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen princess or fairy tale-themed footwear, and I doubt this will be the last. This latest collection is by designer Charlotte Olympia and it’s aptly called “Once Upon a Time.” The line is part of her Fall 2013 collection and features everyone’s favorite princesses, like Rapunzel and Cinderella, to well-known and beloved characters like Puss in Boots and the Frog Prince.

Each whimsical pair in the line carries Charlotte’s signature style. Considering that a pair of shoes from her line normally costs several hundred dollars (and upwards!), you can probably expect the same less-than-happily-ever-after price tags for this collection.

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Unifold Folds Into a Pretty Nifty Shoe

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Shoes are among the bulkiest of objects travelers have to contend with when they’re packing. What can eliminate the problem entirely, though, is Horatio Yuxin Han’s experimental project called Unifold. It’s essentially leather with a die-cut pattern that can be folded into an actual shoe. It doesn’t take much skill to fold the shoe into form, as the shape of the starting material makes it easy to do.

Of course, you’ll need some adhesive to make sure the folded-up portions stay attached, but that’s about it. Hit the break for a couple more shots showing how easy it is to fold your own shoe with Unifold.

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Han came up with Unifold along with Professor Crowley.

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Sky-High ‘Star Wars’ Wedges Are Out of This World

Star Wars Wedges

These sky-high Star Wars-themed wedges won’t let you do some actual skywalking but they’re awesome anyway. They’re made by Etsy seller DeckoFab and feature well-known elements and characters from George Lucas’s hit franchise. Each pair is made-to-order, so I think it’s safe to say that no two pairs will ever be alike.

The seller takes custom orders as well, so you can commission an all-Luke Skywalker or all-Darth Vader pair if you’re a good girl or bad girl, respectively. The wedges cost $115. They’re also available as high-heeled boots, which are priced at $110.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ C|NET ]

Will Adidas’ New Shoe Propel Your Forward Faster?

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It’s called the Springblade, and instead of a normal sole, it’s got these angled “blades” that return your kinetic energy with a somewhat forward (rather than an only upward) vector. This, in turn, is supposed to translate into a more efficient stride.

Unlike standard EVA midsoles that deliver energy return in a vertical direction, Springblade features 16 forward angled blades made out of a high-tech polymer. The highly elastic blades instantaneously react to any environment, compressing and releasing energy to create an efficient push-off that feels like you have springs under your feet. Each blade is precisely tuned in geometry, thickness and position for each phase of a runner’s stride to provide support and a full range of movement. Additionally, Springblade’s flexible construction was designed to hug the top of a runner’s foot, locking it in to harness the energy returned from the springs on the outsole.

Is this all marketing technobabble? We’re not sure, but as soon as they’re out on August 1st (for $180), we’re sure to start hearing all about it.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

When Famous Paintings Are Turned Into High-Heeled Shoes

Famous Heel Paintings

For some women, shoes are more than just footwear. They can be considered as wearable art, with designs that reflect its wearer’s personality. For example, women with eclectic personalities will find these shoes fancy and completely wearable, while those with more conservative tastes will probably keep on walking when they spot these pairs.

When you take a look at designer Boyarde Messenger’s newest shoe collection, then you’ll see right off the bat that it’s for women who appreciate classic art. Messenger used the renowned paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, and Roy Lichtenstein, among others from the concept thought up by designer Charlotte Olympia for Neiman Marcus.

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