It’s set to be a summer full of country pride with the World Cup right around the corner, and Nike’s is getting in on the action early with a summer-ready three shoe “Flag Pack.” Consisting of an Air Max Plus, an Air Max 90, and a Zoom Spiridon, all three shoes in the pack boast a bright and colorful all-over flag print on the upper prominently featuring the banners of countries all over the world. Understated tonal white and silver accents on each silhouette ensure that all attention is focused on the bold print, and all three shoes are completed with an iridescent swoosh/icy translucent outsole for an extra touch of flair. All three versions are set to release at retailers in Japan on June 1st; stay tuned for global release info. Adidas Superstar Mens
A recently published patent filed by Nike depicts a new “rotatable conveyor element” designed to help people put on their shoes. Essentially a tiny treadmill, the proposed device is a conveyer belt that’s embedded in a shoe’s insole and “configured to rotatably engage a body part of the wearer as the foot enters the space and draw the foot into the space,” according to the patent first spotted by Digital Trends.
Interestingly, the patent suggests the treadmill device could be motorized and “coupled to an activation mechanism, such as a switch or mechanism to detect the presence of a foot.” The patent also mentions the possibility of a rechargeable battery paired with a kinetic energy generator, “such as a piezoelectric generator or other suitable power generation mechanism.” A footstep-powered, sock detecting mini-treadmill is likely just a concept, but such a device would likely be very well received by Nike fans who have difficulty putting on shoes the old-fashioned way due to, say, an injury, arthritis, or cerebral palsy.