When the world first saw Marty McFly sporting self-lacing Nike Air Mags back in 1989, the notion of combining electronics and sneakers was pretty much reserved for science fiction. Fast-forward to 2019, and the self-lacing sneaker concept is, frankly, so last decade.
We know footwear technology has come a long way, but what have designers done to integrate the ongoing electronic advancement with consumer sneakers? The answer: a lot, but at the same time, not very much.
The majority of sneakers we cop are still free of any electronic components, but that’s not to say the brands haven’t tried. Here’s a look back at the best (and worst) sneaker gadgets and gimmicks we’ve seen over the years.