Nab an Adidas 3D-Printed Sneaker This Fall

 After years of experimenting with 3D-printed footwear, Adidas on Friday announced that its first mass-produced 3D-printed shoe, the Futurecraft 4D, will go on sale this fall.

The shoe’s sole is shaped using digital light projection, a technology you might be familiar with if you shopped for a rear-projection TV 20 years ago. Despite rear-projection’s demise, the technique is still alive in the 3D printing industry: it projects patterned light onto a liquid photopolymer resin, shaping and hardening it into layers.

To make the Futurecraft 4D’s sole, Adidas partnered with the Silicon Valley startup Carbon, which says that its digital light synthesis technique is more efficient than ordinary 3D printing, and thus better-suited to making large quantities of durable goods. According to Texas Instruments, which originally developed the digital light processing concept in the 1980s, it’s now used to quickly print everything from prototypes, jewelry casting, custom medical implants and complex automotive and aerospace components.

In Adidas’s case, digital light synthesis results in a sole that works just as well as one made in an injection mold and has similar costs and production times.

In Praise of an Aggressively Unfashionable Shoe

 There are running shoes and hiking boots, tennis sneakers and ballet slippers. There are cleats for soccer, fins for swimming and sandals for the beach. And then there are Dansko clogs, beloved by chefs, sculptors, gardeners, masseuses, surgeons — and also by every soft-skilled woman in New York I know.

I acquired my first pair of Dansko clogs for a summer waitressing job in high school. My mom drove me to a store known for its healthful, if offensively functional, footwear and — I’ll never forget it — made me pay for the manager-recommended clogs myself. “You have a job now,” she said. “Why would I buy them?” It was the first time I had ever spent money on something I didn’t want.

Fifteen years later, and I’m on my sixth pair of Dansko clogs. I am almost never not wearing them. Shoes I might have once considered comfortable — sneakers, flat ankle boots — are now unendurably tight. I prefer Danskos to socks or

A Beloved British Designer’s New Frontier: Sneakers

 While staying in Amagansett last summer, the British designer Faye Toogood purchased a pair of handmade white leather slip-ons by Feit, a New York City label with a cult following. She then promptly spilled “a giant American coffee all over them.” The shoes were ruined, but Toogood’s interest remained: “I loved the unisex design,” she says, “and the identification of who made it, and where it was made.”

The feeling was mutual. Feit’s founder and designer, Tull Price, had encountered Toogood’s eponymous line (a collaboration with her sister, Erica), which is known for its simple, androgynous silhouettes and rigorous transparency around materials and labor. He immediately recognized “the similarities in what we were trying to do.” Collaboration seemed inevitable.

Their first project, the Artist Shoe, which debuts on March 23, pairs Toogood’s materials (raw, sculptural canvas) with Feit’s construction (a one-piece upper and thick leather sole, assembled by hand). Primitive footwear — specifically a leather Eskimo boot — inspired the stripped-down shape. “It’s almost like a gathered bag,”

Andrea Artioli, shoemaker to the stars

It’s fair to say that George W. Bush and the late Saddam Hussein had very little in common. Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin don’t see eye-to-eye, either – except when it comes to their brand of shoe.

Artioli is the luxury Italian footwear label with a VIP customer list others can only envy. Donald Trump apparently buys 25 pairs each year, Pope John Paul II is resting for eternity in his. Nicolas Sarkozy appears a little taller next to wife Carla thanks to some special Artioli heels. In Australia, proud wearers include Simon Crean and Andrew Peacock

Andrea Artioli, 45, the grandson of the company’s founder, says 30-something men are becoming more interested in the brand, sold exclusively in Australia at Harrolds in Sydney and Melbourne.

“Yes, especially this younger generation, they appreciate the high quality of our shoes, because they are connoisseurs of the good taste that the world can offer,” Artioli says.

“My father used to say to me that the older generation in Australia was not spending that much on fashion, on their wardrobe, but this new generation changed it. They have a vision about the beauty, how to dress. If

Get your kicks with 20 of the best boots of 2015

There is no such thing as a standard boot. Apart from the generic types – be it the Chelsea or the Chukka – there’s a plethora of hybrid models such as the hiker boot with a Derby sole, or the biker with a cowboy decorative inlay.

There are varying finishes, textures and details across each model, as well as a difference in colour and fabric. Exhausted? Don’t be.

Read on to unlock the key styles for this year (and how to work them), before clicking through the gallery above for the 20 best boots for men out now.

Chukka boot

The chukka is named after a period of play in polo and rides seamlessly as a smooth choice with smart casual attire and suits, depending on the sole.

Traditionally made in suede or calfskin, the chukka is appreciated for its short shaft, which also makes the boot an easy choice to be worn with tailored shorts.

How to wear it

The chukka wears well with this season’s double denim trend, suiting raw denim jeans, a chambray shirt and a black denim jacket for an American workwear look. Otherwise, white chinos and a polo shirt offer something more quintessentially preppy. This

men’s shoes that shoe experts love

Tim Cecil

Managing Director of Henry Bucks, Melbourne

Wears Church’s Cowes Double Monk shoes, in walnut calf

“I am pretty hard on my shoes but Church’s make incredibly solid shoes that look better with age and become like old friends. These double monks are a couple of years old but I have a few pairs that are around eight years old and are yet to need resoling. When it’s eventually needed, you can send them back to Church’s for a full refurbishment. They will re-line the heel and any other wear points, put them back on the last, resole and reheel the shoe and give them a full polish, hand burnish before sending them back, ready to carry on strong for another decade.”

Josh Price

Co-founder of Feit shoe store, Sydney

Wears ‘PNTHA Hi’, a high-top sneaker by Feit

“This is a shoe we’ve been making for quite a while, basically since we started the company. The idea was to do a handmade version of a basketball shoe – the shape is particularly influenced by the first Air Jordan shoe. We use traditional methods but my brother [Tull] and I come

How to have the best shoes in the room

“A great shoe will elevate a blah casual look – and will be the right accent to the most curated outfit,” he says.

Derrick started his footwear empire in New York City’s Upper West Side as a cowboy boot outpost in 1979 and has since quietly built one of the best-selling footwear collections in better men’s stores, such as Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.

His secret is satisfied, loyal customers who spread the To Boot gospel, rather than celebrity endorsements and overpriced advertising campaigns.

We turned to Derrick for advice on how to maintain a great leather shoe-and how to build a collection of impressive, memorable pairs.

Shop for quality over quantity (and shop Italian)

According to Derrick, the average American man owns somewhere close to 12 pairs of shoes. But he doesn’t necessarily think most men need that many if they are being smart about their purchases.

“I may be biased, but I think it’s a mistake for men to not buy quality footwear,” Derrick says. “Unlike with a shirt or a jacket, your shoes have a big job to do. They have to regularly support your entire body weight while

Luxury sneakers the biggest trend in men’s style

The recent Paris Fashion Week was no exception. French luxury giant Hermès led the way by presenting half of all looks for its 2016 fall men’s wear collection in sneakers. Combined predominantly with a tailored look, the sought-after effect is known as ‘high-low’ dressing and is all about interweaving street style and high fashion, for the purpose of taking the latter down a rung or two.

Searching high and low

But the last thing luxury labels want to take down, even a single rung, are the prices, which can easily jump into four figures.

As Guy Trebay from the New York Times wrote last month about the uber luxury design houses: “A problem develops when, instead of being reasonably priced kicks with a great heritage back story, the sneakers you offer also cost a million bucks. Irony is essential to high-low dressing: It works only when something exclusive and costly is taken down a notch by something cheap enough for the hoi polloi.”

Regardless of Trebay’s assessment of those who choose not to stump up for a pair of luxury-priced kicks, the reality is that the widespread adoption of high-low dressing has been a

Monk straps are the hottest trend in men’s shoes

Worn with a sharp suit, it’s about a suave a look as you can get, says William Church, joint managing director of esteemed English shoemaker Joseph Cheaney & Sons.

Graduation style

“We’re definitely seeing a lot more now than we were two years ago, because it just became a fashion within a fashion,” he says.

Church sees it as a ‘graduation’ style; that is, something men make the step up to when they’re already fielding a pair of traditional Oxfords or brogues in the wardrobe.

“The double buckle monk offers that opportunity to just have a shoe that is still classic, but just a bit different from the run-of-the-mill look for a Goodyear-welted shoe,” he says.

For a pair in the classic English style, Cheaney’s Holyrood double monks in bronzed espresso are undoubtedly a timeless classic.

Supply and demand

While the monk strap has always been a popular shoe, the huge spike in recent popularity can be put down to one retailer: Suitsupply.

In recent years, the Dutch company – which manufactures its own suits in China – has taken the menswear world by storm. And, like any successful business,

Ermenegildo Zegna launches bespoke range of footwear for men

The new, four-story location, designed by architect Peter Marino, has more than 6,500 square feet of space and seamlessly blends the brand’s commitment to sustainability and quality craftsmanship while preserving the 18th-century, predominantly Georgian architecture of New Bond Street.

Even bigger cause for good cheer is the return of Alessandro Sartori as artistic director. He was creative director of Z Zegna, the brand’s more casual, minimalist line, before departing for Berluti, where he helped turn the elite cobbler into a fully integrated lifestyle brand.

A shoe for every man

Debuted at the opening party, the bespoke shoe collection will be exclusive to the London flagship store. It includes nine styles designed for nine different types of men, such as “the art dealer,” a laced casual loafer; “the sommelier,” a dress Oxford; and “the biker,” a jodphur black boot. In total, there are three types of Oxfords, two takes on the loafer, a Derby, a gusset, a double monk, and a boot.

Sartori invites customers to think of these styles as mere jumping-off points: Each is fully customisable, and he suggests combining two-or even three-of the styles to make a custom shoe.

The most

White leather sneakers are the new black

Jerry Seinfeld was once lampooned for his fashion sense, especially his character’s habit of wearing white Nike sneakers with jeans. It looks like Jerry was well ahead of his time, because nowadays white leather sneakers are the must-have accessory for every man’s wardrobe. There are even sites like this one dedicated to chronicling every sneaker the comedian ever wore on the show.

It seems everywhere you turn blokes are slipping into the white sneakers before heading out on the town.

“White leather sneakers are everywhere,” says D’Marge founder Luc Wiesman. “Matter of fact, I’m wearing a pair of Givenchy white leather sneakers at my desk right now.”

Sneaker ground zero

Wiesman says the trend was hot in Europe in 2015 when the now eponymous adidas Stan Smiths hit the catwalk. As white leather sneakers go, the Stan Smith is ground zero.

A simple design trimmed with grass-green padding and with the adidas stripes rendered as perforations, the shoe was launched in the early 1960s and originally named the Haillet, after French professional tennis player, Robert Haillet. In 1971 the sneaker was renamed after American tennis star Stan

The world’s most expensive sneakers made by Bicion and Mache

Rock solid sneaks

Dubbed the Li-Ning Way of Wade “The Fire Monkey” (we have no idea what it means either, but it has something to do with NBA basketballer Dwayne Wade) the shoes are covered in hundreds of carats of white diamond pieces and blue sapphires set in 18 carat gold. You also get a solid gold hang tag depicting the logos of Bicion and Mache.

World’s most expensive sneakers

Covered in gold, diamonds and sapphires, and valued at US$4 million, the world’s most expensive sneakers are unveiled in New York.

Thankfully this extreme excess is for a good cause. The sneakers were launched in New York City with the announcement that the money will go to Soles4Soles, a charity that collects and distributes shoes and clothing for those in need.

According to rumours, an interested sneaker buff from China is flying in to buy them. We’re tipping they’re unlikely be seeing any jogging action.

Collectable kicks

Chris Kyvetos, the founder of Australian retailer Sneakerboy, says expensive sneakers are not unusual, especially in the world of collecting. He once collaborated with luxury French fashion house Balmain to create a men and women’s hi-top that featured a waxed

How R.M.Williams became the Australian brand the whole world wants

Boy from the bush

Times have well and truly changed and now the bush outfitter is just as much the outfitter to the big smoke. Indeed, the brand, which dates right back to 1932, has reinvented itself as a must-have luxury label. Since being taken over in 2014 by L Catterton, the private equity arm of fashion goliath LVMH alongside IFM and private investment partner Hugh Jackman, R.M.Williams seems unstoppable.

The brand is now sold in 15 countries around the world with more than 900 stockists and 50 retail stores, including a swanky new boutique in Westfield London, and a flagship store in SOHO Manhattan designed by Mika Utzon, grandson of Sydney Opera House architect Jorn Utson.

A boot like no other

Much of the success has been driven by the elastic-sides riding boots that were first manufactured in Percy Street Prospect, South Australia, in 1934, by bushman and entrepreneur Reginald Murray Williams.

The ‘Craftsman’ boots are still manufactured in Adelaide. What sets them apart from other Chelsea boots on the market, is the one-piece leather construction, involving more than 80 hand-held processes. The simplicity of the design means it can work just

The case for spending more money on shoes

If the shoe fits

A well-made pair of shoes is a beautiful thing, a piece of high craftsmanship.

You probably think you know a well-made pair of shoes. You’re probably wrong.

For years, I’ve owned Florsheims and other shoes like them – Aquilas, Rockports. My preferred make is a light brown brogue. They were sexy shoes. Sharp, sleek, and curvy. They cost me about $200 a pair, and I felt a million bucks.

The problem? They wore out. Like clockwork, they’d need to be replaced every two years.

The stitching on the Florsheims came off, and then the sole came off and my sock started poking out. The upper on the Rockports slowly separated from the sole at the front of the shoe, and eventually my foot got nice and wet.

I figured this was pretty normal for a shoe. Every shoe I’ve owned since primary school followed the same basic pattern, going to pieces – quite literally – after about two years of wear.

A better boot

But, as I discovered, there is a better way

Despite paying what I thought was a significant sum of money, $200

‘Smart’ Ballet Shoes Digitally Paint Dancers’ Fancy Footwork

Ballet is an exquisite, ephemeral expression. A dancer’s delicate footwork vanishes into thin air as quickly as it’s created, but it doesn’t have to. Not anymore.

Enter a pair of “smart” shoes you probably never expected: A sensor-laden pair of E-Traces ballet shoes strapped to a ballerina’s fancy feet. They’re smart pointe slippers that literally transform ballet into art in motion.

That’s right, wearable tech has finally and quite beautifully tiptoed its way into ballet and the most difficult form of it no less — classical pointe. With so much connected footwear strutting into the trendy wearables spotlight, it was only a matter of time.

Spanish graphic designer and dance enthusiast Lesia Trubat Gonzálezsays she created the motion sensor-equipped, satin and leather ballet shoes to help ballerinas “recreate their movements in digital pictures.” And that’s exactly what E-Traces, short for Electronic Traces, do. They capture dancers’ fleeting footwork — every landing, twirl and sweep of the floor — then transform them into vibrant, multicolor digital drawings.

The results, displayed on an accompanying smartphone app, look like curved, whimsical Asian ink wash painting brush strokes.

How E-Traces work is apparently much simpler

These High-Tech High Heels Change Color With the Click of an App

Close your eyes, tap your app three times and think to yourself, “There are no heels like these.” Because, honey, there aren’t. Not yet.

Remember last year, when “smart” ballet slippers pirouetted into our hearts (and headlines)? Well, now a high-tech pair of smart high-heels is strutting onto the wearable fashion scene and, Toto, we’re not in blandsville anymore.

They’re called Volvorii Timeless smart shoes and what’s so special about them is that they change color in the click of a smartphone app (iOS and Android versions to come). Hello, instant customization gratification. Not sure which heels to wear with that little black dress? Need to morph from business casual to night club slick, but no time to shift shoes? No stress. Leave it to the Internet of Stilettos.

Created by a seven-person Lithuanian startup called iShüu Tech, and originally the brainchild of display technology research scientistWallen Mphepö, these high-tech pumps are digital chameleons for your fancy feet. They’re made of leather and rubber and outfitted with hidden circuitboard, Bluetooth and battery components. And, here’s the kicker, they’re pimped out with electronic (e-ink) “paper” that you control with a companion

How Greats Footwear Puts Its Best Foot Forward

Greats is not your father’s footwear startup, but chances are Dad will dig its shoes, just like you do. The company’s approach to timeless classics like high-tops, slip-ons and chukkas is both stubbornly traditional and refreshingly modern, translating to products perfectly suited for stylish, sophisticated gents of all ages.

“The name of our company is very relevant to our design concept,” says Greats co-founder and CEO Ryan Babenzien. “We said, ‘Let’s pick the greatest silhouettes in men’s sneakers and footwear, and design our DNA into them.’”

That DNA splicing is what sets Greats apart. Its old-school sensibilities are rendered in distinctly contemporary materials and colors. For example, last year the company produced limited-edition versions of its popular Royale sneakers in silver and gold leather, the latter attracting the attention of NBA star Kevin Durant, who donned a pair in the hours leading up to a key playoff game.

“There’s something familiar about our styles, but unique,” says Babenzien, a former marketing exec at sneaker manufacturers Puma and K-Swiss who launched Brooklyn-based Greats in 2013 with Jon Buscemi, a veteran of DC Shoes and his own Gourmet Footwear. “Gold and silver leather is not subtle. But the style itself is very traditional.”

Choosing the Right Running Shoes

Many runners may be wearing the wrong shoes for their particular stride or the right shoes that were chosen for the wrong reasons, according to a new scientific review about running shoes and injury risks.

The study helpfully concludes that there is a reliable, scientifically valid way for each of us to pick the right running shoes, but it’s so simple that most of us ignore it.

The connection between running shoes and running injuries is surprisingly controversial and, from a scientific standpoint, unsettled.

Most of us who run have heard that we should choose our shoes based, for the most part, on two broad technical criteria.

The first is whether and how much our foot pronates, or rolls inward as we land. Orthopedists, coaches and runners long have believed that over- or under-pronation contributes to the risk of running injuries and should be controlled using particular types of shoes.

More recently, impact force, or the pounding that we experience with each stride, has also been getting plenty of attention, especially in relation to barefoot running and the question of whether we should wear shoes at all.

We Finally Know When We Can Get Our Hands on Nike’s Self-Lacing Sneakers

Nike announced on Wednesday that its Back to the Future-inspired self-lacing sneakers will hit select U.S. Nike stores on Nov. 28. The company says to expect a “high price tag” on the futuristic kicks.

Hey, McFly. It’s finally here. Nike has just unveiled the HyperAdapt 1.0, the sports apparel giant’s first self-lacing, motorized sneakers.

Nike senior innovator Tiffany Beers explained how the high-tech kicks lace themselves up. “When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten,” she said an announcement on Nike’s website. “Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it’s perfect.”

Ah, customization, at your fingertips and on your feet. Sounds pretty sweet and the shoes look pretty cool, too. (Speaking of sounds, we wonder, can you hear the shoes mechanically adjust?)

The idea, Nike designer Tinker Hatfield said at a flashy product unveiling yesterday, is to give wearers more control over how loose or tight their shoes fit.

Last year, Hatfield gave Michael J. Fox — the original Marty McFly from Back to the Future — a somewhat similar pair of self-tying sneakers. The iconic

British Woman’s Revolt Against High Heels Becomes a Cause in Parliament

When Nicola Thorp was sent home for refusing to wear high heels to her job as a receptionist in London’s financial district, she did not cower in her sensible flats. She got even.

Ms. Thorp, an actress, helped spur a popular revolt in Britain after she started a petition calling for a law that would prevent women from having to suffer from what she considered outdated and sexist dress codes at the office. In her case, she had been told that her shoes needed to be a minimum of two inches high.

On Monday, more than two years after Ms. Thorp was sent home over her shoes, members of Parliament called on the government to tighten the rules so British women would never again be forced to wear high heels at the office.

“What we found shocked us,” Helen Jones, a member of Parliament for the Labour Party and chairwoman of the petitions committee dealing with the issue, told fellow lawmakers. She said British women were enduring double standards in the workplace that belonged more in the 1850s than