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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not just any hoodie, the Mewgaroo, created by Japanese pet supply company Uninhabitat, boasts an integrated cat pouch up front specifically for feline snuggling. If you're worried about the cat hair / balls, the pouch has a washable liner that can be easily removed for washing. Have a tiny dog? They'll also be glad to spend some quality time with their owner in the cozy pouch. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.
A WeLoveFine designer has created a Chewbacca hoodie that turns you into a real-life Wookiee. Called "I Am Chewie," this ultra geeky piece of clothing is covered in luxurious (yet soft) fur, complete with applique satin bandoliers. The designer recommends ordering at least 1 size up for a snug fit, as the jacket runs small. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how the toilet works on the International Space Station.
Your eyes aren't deceiving you, that is a real suit. Quicksilver Japan has just unveiled True Wetsuits, a wetsuit that you can wear both in the office and at the beach. The outer suit is made from stretchy neoprene, and the shirt is made with Dryflight, a water repellent fabric developed by Quiksilver and 3M. Available in black, navy and tuxedo (party and surfing) models, each one is made to order, and retails for 300,000 yen (or about $25,200 US dollars). Continue reading for a video and more information.