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Sneaker Innovations That Need To Happen

Recently, the sultan of sneaker design dropped a bomb on the footwear community. Childhood dreams are to be answered by Nike in the coming year, as Tinker Hatfield has confirmed that the re-release of the Nike Air Mags will feature power lacing. If you’ve yet to see “Back to the Future II” don’t fret. Power lacing means that your lazy ass doesn’t have to tie your shoes anymore. In essence, Nike will release sneakers that tie themselves. It’s up to you to decide if this is next level laziness or down right genius (ya damn sloth).

We all love our kicks, and with the upcoming integration of this innovative technology no one knows what heights the industry will reach in the near future. So we here at Mass Appeal undertook the task of conceptualizing innovations that would increase both fashion and function. Practical? Probably not. But I’ll be damned if a sneakerhead can’t dream.

Speakers In Your Sneakers

Radio Raheem from Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing."
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Who can forget Radio Raheem from the classic Spike Lee joint “Do the Right Thing”? Not only did Raheem have some serious steez, but the man had a passion for music. Sneaker companies should take note of his love of fly kicks and fresh tunes to translate into designing speakers for your sneakers. Execution would include Bluetooth compatibility to mobile devices, and the prototype colorway that would make your kicks appear to be a boom box. You might annoy the living hell out of everyone around you, and your feet might catch fire in the rain, but at least you’ll keep your feets moving and grooving. (Cues “Hot Stepper”)

Retractable Spikes

This winter has been downright vicious in New York City. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen people eat the floor due to the slippery streets. Retractable spikes serve a purpose beyond just traction. When you’re out in the streets camping for the next release, let the goons trying any line cutting know you’re not playing around. Stomp his crisp Concords and give him the EXCLUSIVE 1/1 “Blood” Jordan XIs. Sneakers are serious business bruh bruh.

Stash Spots

Elderly man cutting up his sneakers for the stash spot.
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Keeping work in your socks is history, the boys in blue are strip searching down to bare feet. It’s about time that the interior of sneakers contained a place to stuff your baggies. The ideal spot for said compartment would have to be the inside of the sneaker’s tongue. Of course you can try this yourself, just take a knife to the tongue and stuff away. But we know you secretly cry yourself to sleep if your joints so much as get the slightest scuff, so proceed with caution.

Downloadable Colorways

This is surely me getting far too ahead of myself. But with technology evolving at such a rapid rate, there’s no telling the ways it can be applied to fashion in the future. Here’s how it works, buy a blank model that enables downloadable colorways. Companies allow for colorways to be downloaded on a basis to be determined. No lines, no violence, no hassle. Custom options would be readily made available as well, for a hefty price. Your rotation could change by the hour. This will happen by the year 3000, you heard it here first.

Photo of the Nike Air Mag.
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Yo! Adrian expects residuals when the sneaker industry implements these concepts.
Twitter: @_YOADRIAN

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