Want toasty toes at the tap of a finger? These smartphone controlled Digitsole Smart Shoes should do the trick.
If 2015 was the year of Back to the Future’s self-lacing Nike Mags, let 2016 be the year of the Digitsole Smart Shoes.
With tech-packed soles featuring Bluetooth, batteries, various sensors, and even heaters, Digitsole’s snazzy sneakers can be controlled entirely from an app on your phone to keep you comfy and connected.
Perhaps the most pressing use for the Smart Shoes at this time of year is as a pair of convenient, on-the-go foot warmers. Thanks to an integrated thermostat, the heaters in the shoes’ soles can be cranked up to as warm as 38˚c at your leisure, and will automatically warm up if the temperature outside drops below a chosen setting. It’s like hot water bottles, except for your feet. How can anyone argue with that?
To save you bending over, the Smart Shoes will even fasten at your command, à la our friends the Nike Mags. All you have to do is pull out your phone, give it the old tappy swipey, and your magic shoes will either tighten or loosen to give you the perfect fit.
As well as catering for comfort, the Smart Shoes also suck up a few step stats, like how far you’ve walked, and even how many calories you’ve burned in the process. You’ll be able to see this data in the app, as well as information like your shoes’ battery life and how worn they are. The app will even tell you when it’s time to replace your shoes, which hopefully won’t be frequently given their hefty price tag of $450 (£307). Ouch.
The Smart Shoes’ batteries give your happy feet around 8 hours of connected fun if you’re constantly using their smart features, although that extends to a few days if you resist the incredible temptation to use them as 24/7 foot heaters. They charge like your phone using a micro USB charger, which is nice and easy.
If you can handle the price tag, you can head here to reserve a pair of Digitsole’s Smart Shoes. There’s just one obstacle you’ll have to face after the price tag, though, and that’s whether or not you can pull them off. Their futuristic design is definitely, er…an acquired taste.