Lately there are an increasing number of shoes on the market that incorporate technology, from running shoes that sync with your iPod to high fashion illuminated heels. Here are a few cool tutorials that show you how to build your own tech-infused footwear.
Light Up and Glowing Shoes
This Instructable shows you how to repurpose the electronics from a pair of kid’s light up shoes and put them into your favorite pair of sneakers.
Another pair of LED shoes, this tutorial has you build the circuit from scratch using conductive thread, LED sequin beads and puff paint (for insulation and decoration). Metal snaps in the tongue creates an on/off switch.
Diana Eng’s book Fashion Geek has a project that uses electroluminescent wire instead of LEDs to add some glow to your footwear.
Using force sensitive resistors and an Arduino, these cool sneakers translate your toe-tapping into triggers for sounds.
I love these ‘Back to the Future’ inspired sneakers that have been getting a lot of press lately. Great use of a servo and zip ties!
Hannah Perner-Wilson’s tutorial uses conductive fabrics to make analog pressure sensors in custom slippers. These can then act as controllers for a drawing program in the Processing environment.
This project hacks parts of a crank flashlight and places them in the heel of the shoe for a boost of power when you walk.
For more reading on technology in footwear check out:
- History of the “Smart Shoe” at Fashioning Technology
- History of Musical Shoes from 1930s to Today at Fashioning Technology
- Shoes category on Talk2MyShirt blog
- Rambler Shoes: microblogging sneakers by Ricardo Nascimento
- Footprint: power generating shoes by Marc Beaulieu
- Energy Harvesting Dérive: kinetic shoes by Christian Croft and Kate Hartman