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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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‘There’s No Place Like Home’ GPS Shoes Will Take You Places

GPS Shoes

Some people say they’re willing to go wherever the road will take them, but what if they get lost somewhere along the way? Well, if they have a pair of these There’s No Place Like Home GPS shoes, then they won’t have a problem, because these soles will help any wandering souls find their way, no matter where they want to go.

The GPS shoes are UK-based designer Dominic Wilcox’s newest project, which has been embedded with a GPS system so you can just feed in where you want to go (via a custom mapping program that’s been written especially for these shoes) and the shoes will tell you which direction to go after you click the heels together. (Sound familiar?) The right shoe measures how far (or close) you are to your destination, while the left shoe points you to the direction where you’re supposed to go.

Check out more images of the GPS shoes as well as a video from Wilcox explaining the entire concept.

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Harvesting Power From Liquid Metal Shoes

By David Ponce

As we’re sure you know, there are tons of different ways to generate electricity, be it chemical, solar, piezoelectric, etc. That last one refers to a current that’s generated through a compressive force on a particular type of material: compress the material and electricity is generated, though usually these currents are very small, in the order of miliwatts. In other words, it’s not a very effective method of harvesting electricity. But now researchers at the University of Wisconsin Madison seem to have developed a method which could generate a lot more current: about 20 watts! They are doing this by using a liquid metal (Galinstan in a process they called “reverse electrowetting.” They place some of this metal at the heel and sole of the shoe and as you walk, the liquid is pumped back and forth, generating a strong current. This is then stored in a battery in the sole of the show.

How you later access this energy is still being determined. You could of course plug a USB directly into the shoe, but that’s not very elegant. That decision will come in the future as they are planning on having a prototype ready in two years and commercialization perhaps sometime after that.

[ InStep NanoPower ] VIA [ Dvice ]