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Fiber Optic Dress

The theme for the 2016 Met Gala was Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, and sponsored by none other than Apple Inc. Zac Posen designed a dress for Clair Danes that definitely fit the part, as he the fiber optic wire was sourced from France. As for power, there are 30 mini battery packs sewn into the gown's under structure. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Pac-Man Suit

OppoSuits unveils their latest creation, a Pac-Man suit that pays tribute to the "little yellow man with a big mouth," complete with jacket, pants, and tie. This stylish piece features hundreds of ghosts, power pellets, and Pac-Man himself traversing one gigantic maze. Pac-Man is often credited with being a landmark in video game history, and is among the most famous arcade games of all time. It is also one of the highest-grossing video games of all time, having generated more than $2.5 billion in quarters by the 1990s. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Nike HyperAdapt 1.0

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Finally, after years of concepts, and the still yet-to-be-released MAG, Nike's HyperAdapt 1.0 trainers bring self-lacing shoes to life. "When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten. Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it's perfect," said Nike Senior Innovator Tiffany Beers. Click here for more pictures of the HyperAdapt. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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Adidas Ocean Trash Shoe

Adidas is taking recycling to the next level by creating a 3D-printed sneaker made from recycled ocean waste. That's right, the shoe's upper part is made from knitted ocean plastic, while the 3D-printed midsole is comprised of recycled polyester and gillnets. "The industry can't afford to wait for directions any longer. Together with the network of Parley for the Oceans, we have started taking action and creating new sustainable materials and innovations for athletes," said Eric Liedtke of the Adidas Executive Board during the Paris Climate Conference on Tuesday. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here

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Mewgaroo Hoodie

Unihabitat, a Japan-based pet supply company, has unveiled their latest product, the Mewgaroo Jumpsuit. Think of it as a onesie (pajamas) for adults that boasts an built-in feline pouch in front. There's also wedge-shaped pouch that includes a removable liner for cat hair and such, paw print-clad long cuffs, cat ears on the hood, as well as a swinging tail in case Halloween is just around the corner. Continue reading for a video of the Mewgaroo Hoodie.

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3D-Printed Running Shoe

There are 3D-printed supercars, entire homes, pizza and now, functional running shoes. You read that right, these shoes use the company's DuraForm Flex TPU for the midsole, while 3D-printing helps create the ideal balance of flexibility, strength, weight, as well as durability. Underfoot date from heel strikers were used to design the shoe, thus adding more cushioning elements in areas of higher average pressure. With selective laser sintering, the company was able to give their shoes a previously unavailable combination of strength, along with elasticity. Click here to view more pictures. Continue reading for another video about New Balance's 3D-printing technology.

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Self Lacing Nike Back to the Future

Finally, after several years, and a non-self-lacing model, we have the real thing, unveiled today. Michael J. Foxx was gifted the first pair by Mark Parker, President and CEO of Nike. "We started creating something for fiction and we turned it into fact, inventing a new technology that will benefit all athletes," said Parker. This special model will be released to the public in Spring 2016 via auction with proceeds being donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Continue reading to see the actual shoe in-action.

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Furoshiki Shoes Wrap Around Feet

Even if you buy the right size, many shoes do not fit perfectly, that is unless...you're wearing Furoshiki. Vibram, best known for their military footwear, has come up with an ingenious solution that's based on Furoshiki, the traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used for transporting goods - first used in the Edo period to carry clothing while at the public baths. They have no laces, but rather wrap directly around your feet, and are secured by velcro strips. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Adidas Ocean Trash Shoes

From afar, these sneakers look like any other, but Adidas recently partnered with conservation organization "Parley for the Oceans," so what you see is actually made from re-purposed ocean trash and illegal fishing nets from poachers. That's right, the two parties created a shoe whose upper region and exterior skin mainly consists of ocean plastic and illegal deep-sea gillnets. The conservation society gathered the materials on a 110-day expedition to track an outlawed poaching vessel off the coast of West Africa. Parley founder Cyrill Gutsch said: "We are extremely proud that Adidas is joining us in this mission and is putting its creative force behind this partnership to show that it is possible to turn ocean plastic into something cool." Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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CREP Protect Neverwet

Crep Protect, similar to Neverwet technology, is a superhydrophobic spray that will shield your shoes from liquids, making them slide right off like magic. Just spray your shoes, and the invisible coat lasts approximately two weeks per treatment, repelling liquids and preventing any stains from ruining your footwear. It works on a wide array of construction materials including leather, suede, nubuck and even canvas. Product page. Continue reading for two video demonstrations and more information.

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