Send your favourite art from your phone to your feet with these customisable e-paper sneakers.
Updated: ShiftWear is now off Indiegogo and available for pre-order on their own site.
ShiftWear is a range of smart sneakers that you can customise daily with your favourite art and animations from an app on your phone.
Jazz up your kicks with your favourite abstract design, an eye-catching animation, or go off-piste and plaster the famous scene from The Last Supper on your feet. The possibilities for customisation (and major fashion faux-pas) are practically endless.
It sounds too good to be true, but all you have to do to transform your sneakers from bland to bodacious is visit an app on your phone. In the companion ShiftWear app, you can choose from tons of cool designs, upload your own pictures or artwork, or select an animation.
When you say the word, your phone will make the design appear on your trainers as if by magic. Well, by Bluetooth, if we’re being technical about it.
ShiftWear use flexible e-paper screens to display your chosen design. E-paper is super-thin and designed to look like paper, but acts just like the fabric on your regular trainers. Crucially, it doesn’t give off any light.
They run on clever walk-to-charge technology too, which means every step you take stores up energy for the battery to power the screens. Static images don’t use much energy at all, but if you’re constantly transmitting animations to the trainers you can expect around 30 days battery life. You can charge them wirelessly too.
ShiftWear are nice and durable, with kevlar fibre-coated soles and water resistance up to five metres. This means you can throw them in the washing machine when they get dirty.
They’re available as high, medium, and low-tops, and they’re available to pre-order from their Indiegogo campaign for $150 (£100).
You can also get a limited edition pair for $1000 (£660). These bad boys let you display moving art all over the entire shoes. Terrifying but true.