It’s no secret we live in a technology-hungry world; I mean, people camped out for weeks for an iPhone 5! Technology has a way of not only making life easier but also a whole lot more interesting. Add a little hi-tech into your workouts with these six sneakers that anyone would geek out over.
For ballers who want to showcase their dunks, jump higher and hustle harder, Nike created the Nike Hyperdunk+, made famous by NBA superstar Lebron James. This innovative shoe measures your jump height and speed and, using an interactive mobile app, sets goals for you to accomplish and motivates you with messages from Nike players and coaches when those goals are reached. Developed in 2006, Nike+ Technology has digitally connected more than six million athletes with its built-in Pressure Sensor that measures performance and transmits the data to the user’s phone. The Hyperdunk+ even features a “Showcase” mode where you can record your dunks and share on social media.
Not into basketball? Train with the Lunar+ sneakers, which turn training into a game-life challenge.
Nike Hyperdunk+; $290, nike.com
Nike Lunar TR1+ for Men; $290, nike.com
Barefoot runners rejoice! There is actually a shoe for you! Following four years of intensive research, Nike created the Flyknit, a running shoe so light it only weighs in at 5.6 ounces! Yarn and fabric variations are precisely engineered only where they are needed for a featherweight, formfitting and virtually seamless shoe—and unlike some of its second-skin sneaker counterparts, it’s not bad to look at.
Nike Flyknit; $149.99, finishline.com
adidas takes training to new levels with miCoach, a platform of devices and software that monitor your performance as you train and helps you build a plan specific to your objectives and your sport with real-time coaching. Using the miCoach SPEED_CELL™ in your compatible sneakers, you can get up to eight hours for speed, acceleration, distance and pace data. You can even share your results through social media since the SPEED_CELL syncs wirelessly with your iPhone.
miCoach SPEED_CELL for Mac/PC; $70, adidas.com
Compatible Kicks: Supernova Glide 4; $115, adidas.com
Aetrex Navistar – The GPS Shoe
Lots of runners will lose track of time and find themselves way off the beaten path—and while this shoe may not be for more serious runners, they are definitely innovative! The Aetrex Navistar GPS Footwear System was designed with those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s in mind; available in two distinct styles (lace or Velcro) they offer comfort, durability, stability and also, you guessed it, built-in GPS. The shoe is equipped with a tracking system that monitors the location of loved ones. You can purchase a basic 30-minute plan (which tracks every 30 minutes for $34.99) or a 10-minute plan (which reports in every 10 minutes for $39.99).
Aetrex Navistar; $299.99, navistargpsshoe.com