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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.

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3D Printed Shoes Feature iPhone Holster

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Given that the iPhone pictured is likely a 4S, you’ll correctly surmise that the above product isn’t exactly new. In fact, the iPhone Mashup Shoe by Alan Nguyen was created some time in 2012 and exhibited at the Milan Design Week in 2012 and the Maison et Objet show in Paris, again in 2012. But it doesn’t matter, since we’re pretty sure that a good number of you guys haven’t seen it and as impractical as the actual shoe is (who wants to bend down to their feet just to answer the phone?), we think it’s a great example of the kind of things 3D printers are capable of. The shoes were commissioned by Freedom Of Creation for FreshFiber, a company that makes “personalized 3D accessories.”

There isn’t whole lot more to say about them. We’re not sure you can even buy them, but you can hit the jump and look at two more pictures, and links.

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Ice Cream Heels Look Good Enough to Eat, But Look Pretty Silly When Worn

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When it comes to Melissa footwear, it’s all about the plastic. So trust me when I say that while these ice cream heels look good enough to eat, they are clearly and obviously not edible. Melissa teamed up with Karl Lagerfeld to create a playful line of pumps that feature an ice cream cone on the heel.

It looks just any ordinary pair of pumps until you turn around and then BAM! It’s full-on ice cream exposure.

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When Famous Paintings Are Turned Into High-Heeled Shoes

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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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I Want Them So Bad: Nike’s ‘Iron Man’ Air Force 1 Downtown Sneakers

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One look at these sneakers and you’ll know immediately where the design was inspired from. Iron Man 3 hits theaters in less than two months, and clearly, everyone’s excited. So here’s something else for you to talk about aside from the movie’s newly-released trailer: these awesome Iron Man Air Force 1 downtown sneakers by Nike.

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For Your Soles Only: Weird and Wacky Shoes That Might Just Make You Break a Leg or Two

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It’s no secret that women often put their comfort on the line, all in the name of fashion. Whether it’s sporting too-heavy headpieces or wearing sky-high platforms, there’s little that fashion obsessed women won’t do if it means getting a leg up on their equally trend-hungry peers.

For years, doctors have been warning women about the dangers of high heels on their ligaments–and, for years, women have been ignoring them. Designers are coming up with kookier designs by the season, and we’re showcasing a bunch of the weirdest and wackiest shoes that look like they might just make the wearer break a leg or two. If you thought the Mojito shoe was the height of shoe insanity, then think again, because there’s more.

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Press Is Press: Reebok Makes Polarizing ATV 19+ Shoes

Ever since Reebok announced their ATV 19+ shoes, pictured above, people with opinions have been broadcasting them quite loudly on both sides of the like/dislike divide. The shoes, equipped with 19 bulbous nodes (or lugs as Reebok calls them) on the sole, are supposed to give you added traction on uneven terrain. We suspect however that the real reason they look this way is to attract your attention. And it works; here we are after all, along with a throng of other press outlets, talking about them. So, whether you love or hate them, Reebok’s in the news, and that’s rarely a bad thing.

Whether or not the unusual outsole pattern translates into real world performance or comfort improvements remains to be seen. They’ll be available as of February 1st, for $140.

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Gost Barefoots Lets You Go Sort-of Barefoot the Medieval Way

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Some are stuffy, some are painful to wear, and others look downright atrocious. I’m talking about shoes–and if you haven’t found the pair that’s right for you, then you’re in for a lot more pain down the line. Going barefoot isn’t really an option, either. Can you imagine walking on the pavement on a scorching afternoon? That would be torture.

So why don’t you go semi-barefoot instead with Gost Barefoots’ chainmail foot sleeves? Gost’s managing director Jörg Peitzker explained that the shoes push the belief that man is supposed to interact with nature without being impeded by shoes. What they did was strip away the material and all the frills that modern-day shoes had and replaced them with chainmail.

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So… This Is A Shoe

There really isn’t much to say about this, other than to affirm that it is, indeed, a shoe. It’s architect-turned-shoe-designer Julian Hakes’ creation, the Mojito Shoe. It is the result of his exploring the idea of how a shoe would look if it were to be constructed and thought of as a bridge. “Where do the forces go? How do we introduce new materials and manufacturing techniques?” And so on… The Mojito Shoe was the result, and we have to say it appears to be a fine example of engineering.

It costs £125, or about $200 and comes in a variety of colors. If you’re wondering what it looks like on someone’s foot, hit the jump.

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