I like basics in footwear. My favorite foot-housings are plain, unadorned Justin ropers; a pair costs a hundred bucks or so and can last twenty years. The plain old roper boot (known as a Wellington in some parts) is 18th century technology, but there’s a good reason they haven’t changed much – and that’s because there’s no reason for them to change. I put mine through rain, mud, snow, dust, rocks, all manner of stuff. Clean them, apply some saddle soap and mink oil, and you’re good to go. Simple and reliable.
That’s how footwear should be. Simple and reliable. So why do people have to complicate things? Excerpt:
“Athletes will be able to update and evolve their shoes with upgrades, new features and services all through smartphone technology inside their footwear,” said Michael Donaghu, Nike’s vice president of innovation.
While Nike touts this shoe as a “mobile sports research lab on feet everywhere,” the shoe currently doesn’t provide any data, but the company said that will be coming.
“We are moving from fit to firmware,” said Donaghu.
Nike researchers said the Nike Adapt BB is the most tested shoe in its history. The company chose basketball as the first sport because of the demands basketball players put on their shoes with fast cuts and constant sprints.
Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum has been the guinea pig secretly testing the Adapt behind the scenes. Tatum will wear the Adapt BB in the shoe’s professional debut Wednesday night when the Celtics play the Toronto Raptors. The shoe is available to customers beginning Feb. 17.
These damn things start at $350. I could get a fair-middling pair of blue stingray cowboy boots for that, suitable for a Saturday night on the town, and I can tell you I consider that money far better spent.
Here’s my concern with high-tech shoes: Shoes go on your feet, which are generally used for walking, running, hopping, jumping and other things that involve impact. Further, those shoes are probably going to get muddy, wet, dirty in all sorts of ways. And, sooner or later, the fancy smart-phone-adjustable gizmos are going to break, leaving you stuck with a really expensive pair of sneakers that you can no longer lace up.
This is a high-tech solution looking for a problem. A First World problem.