The Google x adidas "Talking Shoe" in action.
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Between Google Glass on the runway, designer smartphones as the norm, and model cams during Fashion Week, there's absolutely NO question that fashion is on a fast-track to Techsville these days. But despite all these crazy-cool innovations, the latest project in the pipe just might be the wildest one yet. Google and adidas have joined forces on a new sneaker that, thanks to some super slick features, is capable of turning into a smart-talking shoe with a major personality. Sure, the futuristic concept might SOUND all Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century and whatnot, but it's actually way simpler than you'd think. Here's the lowdown: the aptly-named Talking Shoe seems like regular 3-stripe adidas at first glance, but once you look closer you'll see that there's speaker connected to the tongue that's capable of speaking 250 phrases...in a highly dignified British accent, we might add.
Supra x Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers' sneakers.
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If you've seen the trailer for Spring Breakers as embarrassingly many times as we have (read: more than a dozen), then you're WELL AWARE that Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine spend about 90% of the movie in college girl-on-vacay- essentials like bikinis, tank tops, and sneakers. But even if you're not lucky enough to be hitting the beach anytime soon, that's ok— Supra's making sure that you can nab the Spring Breakers look right this second with its brand new style of kicks. The shoe company has joined forces with the film's director Harmony Korine on a limited-edition lowtop inspired by the flick...and judging from the collective gasp heard thoughtout the MTV Style office when we first spotted them, we haven't been THIS excited about a collab in a reallyyy long time.
Vans x Kenzo sneakers for Spring 2013.
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Whether you're talking about snapbacks or sweatshirts, it's safe to say that everything Kenzo designers Humberto and Leon Carol Lim stamp with their splashy prints turns to gold. And although we're still swooning over the pair's recent Fall 2013 collection during Paris Fashion Week, we don't even have to wait until next season to score the brand's latest project. In fact, it's available next week! How's THAT for instant gratification, you guys? For the fourth time the label has teamed up with Vans on a capsule collection of sneakers stamped with their wildly colorful patterns, and they're SO cute, we're officially dubbing them the shoes of summer.
Shaquille O'Neal and his throwback Shaq Attaq Reebok sneakers.
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Make way for The Great Shaq Fu! Reebok and retired NBA player/current NBA commentator/sometimes rapper(/one of my PERSONAL favorite players of all time) Shaquille O'Neal are teaming up for a sneaker relaunch of epic proportions — fittingly, since he too is a man of epic proportions. Shaq and Reebok revealed at the PROJECT trade show in Las Vegas that BOTH lines of namesake kicks that the legendary tower of a center released during his mid-'90s tenure on the Orlando Magic would be making a comeback THIS spring and summer! *cue domino effect wave of fainting sneakerheads*
Demi Lovato is basically the patron saint of the "Keep On Keepin' On" mentality. No matter what hurdles life throws her way, D turns them into speed bumps and skates over them with a huge smile and a heavy-handed pour of style. Case and point: this studded orthopedic boot she wore over her foot cast to last night's Topshop celebration in Los Angeles. In case you need some catching up, Demi incurred a very sadface foot/lower-leg injury after a nasty fall, and since then, has been rocking a black cast and boot combo. But Miss Lovato is a style queen and refuses to let the clunkiness of modern medicine get her fashion game down, especially when she's about to perform for L.A.'s first free-standing Topshop!
Sneakers from the Reebok x Keith Haring collection.
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The only thing better than looking at Keith Haring's artwork is being able to wear it, and as it turns out, Reebok has officially turned our dreams into a reality. YUSSSS. The late artist, who was known for his bright graffiti-meets-pop-art style in the '80s, will have his iconic work (think: Everyman, Barking Dog and Radiant Baby) plastered across all of our beloved Reebok Classic kicks. One of our favorite pieces from the collection has to be bold blue and yellow sneakers (yes, there's a different color for each foot. Commence freaking out.) with the Barking Dog graphic attached to the velco across the top of the shoe. The side of the soles have a black and white design to add a little extra oomph to the overall look, but you don't need us to tell you that these are already out of this WORLD.
DV8 by Dolce Vita's "Gypsie" pump.
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Happy humpday, everybody! For your weekly Wednesday helping of weird, I present to you: DV8 by Dolce Vita's "Gypsie" pump. Part high-heeled Mary-Jane, part epic '90s flatform, and a dash of peeptoe, this Frankenshoe, brought to our attention courtesy of our friends at The Frisky and Incredible Things, is (in a word) confusing. The Mary-Jane and peeptoe steez evoke demure sweetness but that whopper of an inverted wedge is unmistakably head-turning and even a little badass. It's a (apologies in advance) walking contradiction! *ba dum TSHHHH* On top of trying to define this shoe's direct line of heritage, we want to know if you, dear readers, would wear it.
Macklemore is the "Celebrity Sneaker Stalker" guest editor for "Nice Kicks."
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Macklemore has made it inarguably clear that he. loves. thrift-shopping. He's made appearance after appearance doling out his thrifting tips and tricks for those of less-than-expert status on the Goodwill grind. Slightly less talked about, though, is Macklemore's deep-seated love of sneakers (he might say, to a fault, as he raps on "Wing$"). Well, that's changing now as Mack has assumed the title of guest editor for sneaker blog Nice Kicks's Celebrity Sneaker Stalker (or CSS for short) franchise for the month of January.
Pardon us while we freak out for a second: Aslkdjasdsakd. OK, whew, sorry we just had to get that out of our system after finding out that Kanye West's very own, personally-worn-by-his-size-10.5-feet Air Yeezy 2 sneakers will be put up for auction starting January 24. In case you forgot, the madness surrounding the release of this Nike x Kanye West collab was absolutely BONKERS (see: people got robbed while waiting in line/paid more than $80,000 for a pair on eBay), so, basically, even if you could get your hands on these bad boys, we highly suggest storing them in a very, VERY secure place a.k.a not on your feet. (Sorry!) The sneakers are part of RE/CREATE New York's Hurricane Sandy auction, which will donate all the proceeds to New York Cares for the ongoing rebuilding and relief efforts. They have tons of "personal, one-of-a-kind items donated by prominent members of their creative community," which include everyone from Selena Gomez to Marc Jacobs to Emma Roberts.
Lupe Fiasco in October and his new Vans sneakers.
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If there's one thing we love here at MTV Style, it's when musicians and fashion come together in the most epic of ways. The latest collaboration that we're spazzing over combines our fave rapper/singer Lupe Fiasco and Vans OTW. The result is a balls-out, killer sneaker that we're totally going to swipe up this holiday season. But, before we get ahead of ourselves, let's peep all the deets on these bad boys, shall we? The mostly-black leather Stovepipes, which Lupe called "Native Tongues," feature a throwback Aztec pattern down the center of the shoe with a contrasting yellow-orange outsole. In Lupe's design notes about the sneaks, he said, "It references immediately a '90s hip-hop aesthetic by appropriating the name of the retro-afro, conscious music collective and emulating some style cues they exhibited specifically in the use of traditional African patterns and color schemes in their mode of dress."