When you think about innovative shoes, what comes to mind? Perhaps the self-lacing Nike Air Mag. The cushioning of the Adidas UltraBoost or the Nike Air Max 1 would make sense. Some might even think the Nike Waffle Trainer should have a spot on this list. However, Pittsburgh-based startup Shift Robotics aims to take the top spot. Shift is now taking pre-orders for its flagship product, Moonwalkers. (AKA, the World’s Fastest Shoe).
Photo By: Shift RoboticsThe Moonwalkers are marketed not just as a shoe, but also a mobility device that allows you to “walk at the speed of a run.” I wouldn’t call them a shoe or a mobility device. They are, instead, what would happen if Tevas and roller skates had a baby. The World’s Fastest Shoe is really more of the World’s Fastest Shoe Accessory, as they are actually meant to be strapped over the shoes you’re wearing. Shift’s Moonwalkers allow the user to walk at a whopping 7mph for a range of 6.5 miles before they need to be recharged. They have the offroad capabilities of a remote control car as they are capable of being worn through rain and “smaller puddles.” As if you aren’t already sold, they practically sell themselves at the low low price of $1399. We at Proof Culture are smart shoppers. We feel that before making a big purchase, it’s best to take a look at what else we could get for the money. So, just as we (eagerly) pulled out our credit card to pre-order our Moonwalkers, we decided to take a step back. We decided to take a look at what else we could possibly buy instead of the World’s Fastest Shoe for $1399. Money doesn’t grow on trees, you know?
Chunky DunkyOf course, we’re going to start with sneakers (The wisest purchase one could make, of course). Given a $1400 check one could own their very own pair of Chunky Dunkys.
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Jordan 1 OG Shattered BackboardMany consider the Shattered Backboards to be a grail. Most of us can only dream about adding them to our collection. For $1400, the Jordan 1 OG Shattered Backboard could be yours.
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An Electric BikeYou know what else can comfortably handle rain and “smaller puddles” and costs $1400? An electric bike. Your move, Shift Robotics.
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A Transatlantic CruiseWho needs speedy Tevas when you could use that money for a cruise. Fortunately for you, I’ve put on my travel agent hat and ironed out all of the details. I’ve found a 15-night transatlantic cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas. You’ll stay in a balcony stateroom with beautiful ocean views. Your journey goes through beautiful ports of call such as Tenerife, Canary Islands; Seville, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; Vigo, Spain; and Southampton, England. You’ll even have just over $100 left over to buy some souvenirs!
1996 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup TruckThis bad boy is still running strong after over 250,000 miles of love. Why rule the sidewalk when you could rule the road?
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