For behind the scenes pictures, stories and special contests, follow us on Facebook!
Subscribe:

Tag Archives: shoes

High Tide Heels

high_tide_heels

I have a friend who goes to the beach in high heels. Really. I know. But hey, I don’t judge. Much. The point is I thought of her when I saw these shoes. They’ve been around for a few years, but I only now found out about them. They’re called High Tide Heels and appear to have been an art exhibit by Paul Schietekat. They’re not for sale, and according to him, not wearable. I still think my friend should have a go in them because at least then she’d have somewhat of an excuse to wear heels on the beach.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ LikeCool ]

Unifold Folds Into a Pretty Nifty Shoe

Unifold0

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.

Unifold

Unifold1

Han came up with Unifold along with Professor Crowley.

VIA [ LikeCool ]

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?

adidas-springblade-xl

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 ]

3D Printed Shoes Feature iPhone Holster

FF-Shoes-mashup-Alan-Nguyen01

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.

Continue Reading

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

Ice Cream Heels

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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

Iron Man Sneakers

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.

Continue Reading

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

High Heels

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.

Continue Reading