• 2011 Vibram Five Fingers Hit The Ground

    We don’t often cover shoes here on CrunchGear, though we make exceptions for Sci-Fi sneakers, winged shoes, and the controversial Vibram Five Fingers. Well, if you’re into that brand of strange and exotic footwear, get excited: their 2011 line is going live, and now you have a whole new mess of toe-shoes to choose from — including some for your kids. Read More

  • New Balance Minimus Teaser Shots

    Just recently, I decided to hop on the minimal shoe bandwagon and picked up a pair of FiveFingers by Vibram. It’s easy to see why these things are getting popular. Racing to keep up with consumer demands, many running shoe companies have decided to follow with the minimalist shoe design. Read More

  • Gentlemen – the Adidas Han Solo SL-72

    Oh man. I want these so bad. I want them more than the Wings and the X-Wings combined. I don’t often gush about fashion, but I just think these are unbelievably cool. Also, they are associated with Han Solo, who is one of my personal heroes (the others being Carl Sagan and Captain America). Available this fall, likely for way too much money. [via High Snobiety, Fashionably Geek, and… Read More

  • OMG! Fake Five Fingers appearing everywhere

    Just when you thought it was safe to buy some nice VFFs for your wedding, Chinese pirates are creating knock-off five fingers with names like Mupuk Five Fingers. While I’d normally say live and let live when it comes to Chinese piracy – after all, what can we do about it? Cry? – I’d recommend avoiding these guys at all costs. It’s odd enough wearing VFFs running… Read More

  • Dost thou love tires? Then do not squander tires, for that is the stuff homemade shoes are made of

    Craft has instructions for making your own retro shoes from an old tire and a pair of jeans. While I don’t think these will hold up to the heavy duty running I do (at least two miles a year), they might be a fun weekend project for those so inclined. Read More

  • Remeber that post about the wire shoe thing?

    Exciting news, friends. I’ve just come back from the future, and I have some news to share. In the year 2050, the United Nations will hold a “Remember Blogging?” panel, and it will be chaired by the encapsulated head, à la Futurama, of Cory Doctorow. There will come a time in the panel when Doctorow’s head turns and says, “Now, blogging wasn’t all shits… Read More

  • Reebok’s ZigTech likened to ‘an energy drink for your feet’

    Oh-kaaay. So Reebok has developed something called ZigTech – basically a zig-zag type foam for running shoes that’s supposed to ease the load on your leg muscles. And one of the first snippets from the press release is, “ZigTech allows your key leg muscles to do less, so you can do more. Simply put, it’s like an energy drink for your feet.” Read More

  • Video: There’s a lot going on in this Star Wars Adidas commercial

    Star Wars sneakers from Adidas are coming. Fair enough. This new commercial features what looks like a scene from Indiana Jones at the very beginning, then we’ve got a random shot of Snoop Dogg, Darth Vader, and then Daft Punk looking at Darth Vader as if to say, “That guy stole our shiny helmet look.” You guys look more like bounty hunters, Daft Punk. Just saying. You… Read More

  • Shoes feature Bluetooth and GPS

    Finally, a pair of shoes with built-in Bluetooth and GPS connections. Pair them Bluetooth-ily with your cell phone and the shoes can update your location directly to your Faceboook account or send your location out as a text message to five other phones. Read More

  • INCHworm adjustable shoes grow along with kids, feature three sizes in one

    I don’t have children, but from what I hear they’re quite expensive. Instead of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on new shoes over the course of a couple years (that’s how much a family spends on shoes, right?) perhaps you could consider these INCHworm shoes, which adjust in size to match your child’s freakishly fast-growing feet. Read More

  • Skate 2 sneakers for real skaters

    If you’re a real sk8er you are going to buy these sneakers from Etnies and EA. This might make sense. Buy the game, play the game, go out and do it for real. Eventually you’ll realize you suck and go back to the game. Read More

  • Guy spends $4000 for pair of custom ‘Back to the Future’ sneakers

    Who knew, but apparently the world’s been clamoring for the sneakers that Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future: Part Two. Shoe collector Mark Kurath finally broke down and hired a professional shoemaker to build his dream kicks. Total cost? $4000. Read More

  • Futuristic shoe generates electricity to run iPods

    First the awesome emergency shoes, now another shoe-related technology from Japan: NTT, the country’s biggest telecommunications company, presents sandals that are able to generate electricity when walking. Each step users take puts pressure on the liquid-filled sole. Two tanks are positioned below the toe and heel and connected via a small pipe. Every step creates water flows within… Read More

  • Congratulations to the winners of our caption contest!

    Your task was to come up with a caption for the above photo, which shows our intrepid editor John Biggs wearing one of his new shoes from Aussie Soles. Here are your winners, ladies and gentlemen. They’ll each take home an IPEVO POV webcam for their troubles. Winners, we’ll contact you via e-mail to arrange shipment. Read More

  • Review: Aussie Soles

    In our long tradition of receiving strangely inapplicable pitches that somehow just work we present the Aussie Soles. These are not Crocs, although, ummm, I’d be concerned about patent infringement – after all they’re calling their snuggly boot line SnUggs. That said, I’m wearing the Aussie Soles Marines right now and, as Peter points out, as if there weren’t… Read More

  • Zazzle pushes out custom kicks

    I come here today to present to you the fruition of years of labor. Between research, design, eating snacks, and playing video games, countless man hours were spent on what I am about to unveil. It is with much pride that I present to you: The P. Has. Okay. So it wasn’t really countless man hours. It was more like 15 man minutes. I just grabbed a picture of Peter Ha and stuck it… Read More

  • Transforming shoe changes from a sneaker to a sandal

    During the summer some people find it difficult figuring out what kind of shoes to wear, sandals or sneakers. A German designer named K&T hopes to end that dilemma. They’ve designed a shoe called the Nat-2 that transforms from shoes into sandals with a pull of a zipper. Read More

  • ‘Goonies’ sneakers by Puma

    If there’s one lesson we can all learn from Goonies, it’s that looks aren’t everything. Take Sloth, for example. He was no Tony Danza but he had a big heart. So don’t look at the Puma Disc Blaze “The Goonies Edition” sneakers and think about how you’ll probably only be able to wear them inside the privacy of your own home. Strap them on, wear them… Read More

  • Biodegradable shoes, sounds great if they don't rot while you walk

    I presume that the time scale on these Brooks Trance 8 runners biodegrading is along the lines of years (as opposed to decades) and not months. Wouldn’t want them sloughing off while you run. It’s a nice move towards waste reduction, but as usual they carry a “Conscience Tax,” in this case bringing up the price to $140. I know you ballers pay more than that for your… Read More

  • Verb for Shoe: Smartshoes like in Back to the Future II

    My car has a thing called automatic stability control. You’ve heard of it, it uses a small computer to make cornering and handling easier and smoother at high speeds in less-than-perfect conditions. VectraSense is bringing a similar idea to your shoes with the Verb for Shoe platform. It’s a smartshoe with a pair of air bladders controlled by a microprocessor that’s fed… Read More