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22 March 2016 | News
Crowdfunding site Indiegogo is featuring a crazy shoe concept called 20:16 Moonwalker, a futuristic urban shoe in development which promises to partially defy gravity and show you what it’s like to walk on the Moon! The crowdfunding campaign has smashed its funding goal, with 2000 backers providing 1100% of the original funding target! It’s proven so successful that the campaign has been extended – the more initial funding the project can achieve, the more variations of the product and additional features can be added.
The idea is that two layers of N45 neodymium magnets are sandwiched between the upper and the sole. When you walk, the downward pressure of your steps is cushioned by the magnetic force field that results from the repulsion of the two layers of magnets, and this will supposedly simulate a low-gravity walking environment.
The sole is made from comfortable memory foam and the upper is durable, yet breathable, fabric. The shoe’s inner is DuPont Tyvek synthetic polyethylene, which the Moonwalker’s makers claims is the same material used by NASA on space station modules.
The magnets embedded between the sole and upper, range from 2.5 cm to 5 cm in diameter, with the larger ones capable of moving up to 12 kg of weight.
There will apparently be two versions of the shoes, a “standard” version 1 and a version 2 which will pair with a smartphone app to enable wearers to add customisable text or images to the outside of the Moonwalkers. The shoes will ship in European sizes 36 to 47.5 and in a pretty wide range of colours, and should be available in September 2016.
Why not take a look at the project’s Indiegogo page?
Indiegogo Moonwalk Shoes
Posted by Mike Small.