There's been a lot going on in the sneaker world over the past few weeks—here's two newsworthy sneaker releases:
NRG's Shoe Without a Footprint
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NRG recently developed five pairs of these minimalist, all-white beauties made mostly from recycled carbon dioxide emissions turned polymer. The sneakers were created to promote the NRG sponsored, Carbon XPrize, a four year competition asking participants to develop innovative products using carbon emissions.
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NRG chose sneakers as their competition entry example for a simple reason—everyone wears shoes, and if mass-produced items can be made with carbon emissions, we're off to a good start.
Environmentally friendly and ultra-exclusive? What more could a sneakerhead in 2016 ask for? Well, we'll show you...
2016 Nike Mag Release
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Nike is bringing back the infamous Nike Mag with an 89 pair release to benefit Parkinson's disease. This specific fight-for-a-cure release is fitting, as the sneakers made their debut on Michael J. Fox's feet in Back to the Future 2.
Among the Nike Mags' bulky, post-apocalyptic shape, very '80s light up sole and Nike logo lies the real appeal to the iconic sneakers—power lacing. It's hard to imagine that self-lacing sneakers were designed over 30 years ago, but they were, and now Nike has the technology to make them happen IRL.
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It's kind of like Inception for design—in 1989, these shoes were considered sneakers of the future. We're now in said future, but we're looking to the past to decide what the future should look like. NRG's Shoes Without a Footprint have a more classic silhouette than the Nike Mags, but the process used to design them is arguably more futuristic than Nike's. Food for thought.
The best part about the Nike Mags, though, is that unlike the Shoes Without a Footprint, these novelty sneakers can be yours.
The online draw to win a pair of Nike Mags is currently open and runs through October 11. 100% of the proceeds go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Regular Marty Costumes are boring. Add some authenticity with a pair of real Nike Mags.
At only $10 a pop, entering once or twice might be worth it. Halloween is right around the corner, so hand over the petty cash in the name of a Marty costume upgrade and donating to a good cause. The odds of winning are slim, but I have faith that someone will represent Core77's readership with brand spankin' new pair of Nike Mags.
Either way, big thanks to Nike for giving us a way to simultaneously own part of the past and the future.
What makes a shoe futuristic—silhouette or materials? Let us know your thoughts!
Emily is a freelance writer based in NYC with an interest in all things design, specifically the design process. When she's not writing about design, Emily can either be found taking care of her 31 houseplants, going on "nature" walks in her neighborhood or studying Japanese. Before going freelance, Emily was an Editor at Core77.