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FATS Shoes for Fat Kids

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Wearables, Design, Videos,

What better way to remind your child that she/he is on their way to obesity than to present them with a pair of FATS (Fitness Achievement Technology System) shoes. Created by students from the Utrecht School of Arts in the Netherlands, the more the kids work out, the more the color appears. This is accomplished by a motion sensor integrated into the shoe’s heel that, along with glass fiber yarn woven on the outside, reflects the light from LEDs. While we think that most kidlets we know would prefer being rewarded with a twinkie or more video game time for exercising, we suspect that this prototype may work on the same little ones that wear those blinking light shoes for safety reasons. 

 

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Matthew Broderick in Need of Sarah Jessica’s Styling Help

Matthew BroderickMatthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker

These are two pics of actor Matthew Broderick taken in recent weeks.

Are you seriously telling me that his wife - the fashionable - let him out of the house with those shoes?

Seriously.  Those awful things rank right up there with Britney Spears’ hideous brown boots.


Nintendo Chuck Taylors on eBay

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Wearables, Design, Video Games,

Nintendo Chuck Taylors

If you are a fan of Chuck Taylors, you might want to check out this pair of tennies that Cole Ranze originally designed and hand painted for a friend. We figure his bud passed as they are now up for grabs on eBay until April 13. He used screen printing ink to create the Nintendo characters and you can see the method to his madness or order a pair of your own by checking out his Website. By the way, these shoes don’t come cheaply. The current bid is at about $250.00.

 

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CES 2008: iShoes Hustle

If you have a need for speed (13.5 mph worth) or are too lazy to walk around campus or your workplace, the iShoes will get you there without making you look too dorky in the attempt. The 123 Lithium-ion battery pack needs a two hour recharge for up to 3 miles of traveling. At a size of 11.8 x 19.0 x 4-inches, they weigh under 12 lbs. and can support up to 250 lbs. The iShoes come with a throttle cable and a MSRP of $499.00 (although the site lists a price of $599.99.)

 

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Zwinky Goes for the Hard Cash

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Wearables, Design, Internet,

Zwinky ShoebuyZwinktopia has followed in the path of Armani in Second Life now that Shoebuy has decided to sell its products through the site. Paying with her/his ZCard, an avatar will receive an “exclusive” pair that will allow the “wearer” to perform a specific action for each brand. While this particular gimmick will probably wear off quickly in the typical Zwink user, the company is smart enough to make it a tie-in so that the two of you can click over to the Shoebuy site and select similar wearing apparel. That obviously means real $$ for the shoe conglomerate.

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Eco Dryer Removes Shoe Moisture

Eco Shoe DryerYour shoes get suddenly soaked on your lunch hour and you are at work. What to do? You reach out for your handy LID Eco Shoe Dryer, plug it in to charge it, and let the silicon gel inside absorb the moisture in any type of shoe. As the humidity is sucked out, the indication color goes from blue to pink. The company claims it will also work in closets and shoe boxes. This is definitely a fine alternative to tossing them into the oven for a few minutes and having to endure the results of dry on the outside, soggy on the inside. Made of ABS resin and polycarbonate, the Eco is available for $30.00.

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Simpsons Become Collectors’ Footware

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Wearables, Household, Movies,

Krusty Demon VansHomer Vans

When will Simpsonmania end? Every other commercial, Fox promo, and site has at least one ka-ching for Matt Groening and crew. We are pleased that in between the Squishees and Krusty battling the BK mascot, we found these anti-Simpson shoes. The Limited Edition Krusty the Demon Vans seem to be so popular that they are only available on eBay, from prices of $127.00 to upwards of $350.00. We did find one pair of Homer in Shattered Glass shoes by the same designer Tony Muñoz for $22.50, unless someone has already snatched them up to resell on eBay for a higher price, too.

 

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Keep on Tracking With GPS Shoes

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, GPS, Transportation,

GPS Shoes

GPS takes a new turn with these shoes invented by Sayo Isaac Daniel. Referred to as Quantum Satellite Technology, Daniel explains that you can forget your watch or cell phone, but not your shoes. He first got involved with the idea when his own 8 year-old son was missing from school. Fortunately, his son was found and so was a new idea from an entrepreneurial father who was already involved in footwear.

The technology consists of a 2 x 3-inch computer inserted in the shoe which is weather-proof, shock-proof, and can survive up to 300 lbs. of human. It even has a panic button in case of an emergency. The shoes will be available next month in a limited quantity online for $325-$350 and accessible to the general public by March.

 

Read More | Miami Herald

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