Wearable Tech was once considered something of science fiction. Not anymore. Today is a palpable and thriving reality. Fashion and technology are more and more connected and interested in providing innovative solutions to consumers. The recent hires of Apple confirm this trend: over the past few months the company has added to its team executives from major fashion brands, such as Angela Ahrendts (former Burberry CEO), Paul Deneve (former YSL CEO), Catherine Monier (former president of YSL Europe), Musa Tariq (former Social Media Senior Director of Nike), or Patrick Pruniaux from Tag Heuer (something that confirmed the suspicions that Apple is working on some kind of cool digital wristwatch).
To show how this “partnership” is transforming everyday items, we made a selection of 6 shoes that have the technology as a differential.
United Nude, famous for its modern style founded by architect Rem Koolhaas, has embraced the potential of technology developing bold creation: shoes that are printed entirely by a 3D printer. Launched in partnership with 3D Systems company, they can be made at home with the Cube 3D printer.
In order to help visually impaired people or people who need support to locate, the Lechal shoes have intelligent insoles enable with GPS tracking that vibrate to indicate the way you should go. As a bonus, the shoes also has a monitor of physical activity.
Adidas Micropacer OG
Adidas launched the Micropacer in 1984, the first running shoe in the world to incorporate technological elements, able to calculate distance, speed and calories lost. To celebrate 30 years of this invention, the brand has relaunched this month its innovative shoes, keeping the same colors and features, but incorporating technical improvements to give more comfort to the runners.
Shoes that besides being made by a 3D printer, fit in your pocket. Today this is a reality thanks to the company Recreus, known to produce an exclusive filament to 3D printers, capable of bending without losing its original format. The model of the shoe, designed by Ignacio Garcia, is available for free download at the website of the company.
Continuum has been a pioneer in linking fashion and 3D printing. Among the many shoes created by the brand with this technology, one in particular stands out: the Lauren sandal, whose inspiration comes from the organic forms of nature. A proof that innovation does not always need a futuristic aesthetic.
A shoe that at first glance seems simple, but that hides a lot of technology: The Ninja weighs less than 130 grams, repels water and is extremely comfortable. The shoes were born as a project of The UT.LAB and were funded by a crowd funding campaign – where they raised 10 times more than necessary for funding.