Win a Year’s Supply of adidas Originals Trainers!

This giveaway’s for the men! Take home a brand new pair of adidas Originals trainers every month for the next 12 months, courtesy of adidas Originals and Mainline Menswear!

To enter to win, simply leave your name, email address and mobile number on the entry form. One lucky person will be picked at random. The giveaway closes March 15, 2015, so head on over and enter now!

Open to residents of any country. No purchase necessary. You must be over the age of 16 years old, or have your parents’ permission to enter. Mainline Menswear only stock men’s trainers in UK sizes from 6 to 12. See all terms & conditions on the entry page.

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Meteorite Heels: One Giant Leap For Fashion

Alexander Grove and Azusa Murkami, Studio Swine - meteorite heels
Image: Studio Swine

When cutting-edge technology and fashion collide, the results can be truly out of this world. Alexander Grove and Azusa Murkami of Studio Swine have proven this with their outlandish meteorite heels.

Inspired by the comet landing of the ESA in November and sponsored by Microsoft for an ad, the design duo set out to turn aluminum foam into meteorite shoes. They visited the Natural History Museum where they used 3D scanners to make 3D files of meteorite shapes. They then combined traditional shoe-making techniques with CNC milling to craft the rock-shaped heels.

meteorite heels by Studio Swine
Image: Studio Swine

The shoe upper is made of lightweight aluminum foam, which creates a lot of volume with very little weight. This airy material, used for sound insulation inside luxury cars and buildings, gives the shoes a sense of large rocks floating in space.

But these meteorite heels are more than just conversation-starting works of art. The designers claim that the rugged-looking heels are actually quite comfortable, as they are nearly weightless (aluminum foam is 90 percent air) and feature soft Italian leather lining.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll be curious to see what Studio Swine designs next. The use of 3D printing technology in fashion has me completely intrigued at the moment. I’ll be talking more in-depth about this exciting trend on Shoe Smitten, so stay tuned!

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Alberta Ferretti Medieval-Inspired F/W 2015-16 Collection

Alberta Ferretti limited edition pump
Alberta Ferretti limited edition pump (Photo Credits: Press Office, originally appeared on Forbes.com)

In the midst of winter, we could all use a little whimsical pick-me-up. Lucky for us, Alberta Ferretti, the queen of fairy tale fashion, has created a limited edition collection infused with her signature romance for fall/winter 2015-2016.

According to Forbes, the collection is inspired by Medieval history and features pumps and studded boots crafted from satin, velvet and tulle. The accessories are engraved to resemble the patterns of medieval armor and the sheath of King Arthur’s Excalibur. A muted palette of black, silver and pink is accented with rhinestones and diamonds. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or any special occasion!

The Alberta Ferretti King Arthur-inspired collection will be released two times this year.

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Just for KiiX: Invisible, Invincible High Heel Protectors

How many times have you ruined a pair of shoes with a nick, scrape or scuff? Well I just found out about a revolutionary new way to protect your high heels from the hazards of everyday wear. They’re called KiiX, and they’re affordable and easy to apply.

Invisible Protection That Lasts

KiiX are simple to apply and remove, and leave no marks or sticky residue. Constructed from advanced polymers and consumer tested on city streets, KiiX heel protectors are engineered to protect your heels from the perils of everyday wear. Even better, they are crystal-clear so your style doesn’t suffer.

KiiX high heel protector application

Easy To Apply

Make sure your heels are clean and dry. Then, peel off the plastic backing and line it up with the center of the back of the heel, directly above the heel cap. Smooth it on the heel, and remove the excess product to fit the heel protector snugly around your heel.

Note: KiiX are not recommended for use on suede, satin, natural snake skin or glitter heels.

How To Buy KiiX

KiiX come in packages of 2 pairs, 4 pairs, and 6 pairs. They are carried in some Nordstrom stores, and online at kiixheelprotectors.com.

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Great Scott! ‘Back to the Future’ Self-Lacing Shoes Will Soon Be a Reality

IMAGE: /Matt Halfhill/Nice Kicks

In 1989, Back to the Future Part II offered bold predictions for technology in 2015. And while we’re still waiting on hoverboards and  automated Texaco gas stations, one footwear forecast is about to come true. Nike has confirmed that it will release  a new line of Nike MAGs, the self-lacing time-traveling sneakers worn by Marty McFly.

These kicks will light up and feature self-tightening technologyThe shoes are still in development and there is no official release date. Nike may be struggling with the large battery required for self-lacing shoes (which poses challenges both in terms of design and cost). But Nike’s innovation chief Tinker Hatfield asserted that the shoe will hit in 2015, stressing that there are still “11 and two-thirds months left in 2015,” , according to Nice Kicks.

Will you be lining up to get your own pair of ‘Back to the Future’ self-lacing shoes?

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