Self-repairing shoes may be a reality thanks to 3D-printed rubber

Shoes will invariably wear out with enough use, but scientists might have found a way to delay the shopping trip for their replacements. A USC team has created a self-healing 3D-printed rubber that could be ideal for footwear, tires and even soft robotics. The effort involves 3D printing the material with photopolymerization (solidifying a resin […]

‘Sophisticated & high-quality!’ Fashion ‘influencers’ pranked into paying $600 for $20 shoes

It’s all about presentation, a Kansas-based discount footwear chain has proved, by tricking a crowd of self-styled fashion experts into purchasing one-of-a-kind, exclusive shoes designed by a non-existent luxury brand Palessi. The gullible trend-setters had no idea that they were being tricked into buying $ 20 or $ 40 Payless shoes for as much as […]

A Former World Cup Athlete Makes a Play for Sustainable Shoes

Whether Tim Brown is on the field playing soccer or in the boardroom presenting ideas, his approach to success has always been straightforward: Have fun and work as a team. Brown is the co-founder of Allbirds, a San Francisco–based startup that manufactures sustainable footwear made out wool, eucalyptus fiber and sugar cane. From his early […]

Online luxury startup M.Gemi only makes limited quantities of all its shoes, and its cult-favorite suede flat is sure to sell out again this fall

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. M.Gemi The hallmarks of traditional luxury — prohibitive prices, intimidating shopping experience, and infrequent product launches — are flipped on their head by M.Gemi, a popular online company […]

We tried stick on foot pads that claim to replace shoes — here’s how they measured up in the streets and on the beach

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