The Shoes That Should Have Been: 80's 8-bit Sneaker Style
I don't know why it took me until my adult life to discover just how great sneakers are for day to day wear. These days you'll seldom find my feet outside of my Chuck Taylor high tops. Back in the 80's I would never have worn "gym shoes" anywhere outside of playing in the dirt. Had these new kicks from Nike and Adidas been around, I may have felt differently.
Nike is clearly taking a page from the mid 80's Nintendo design book, by copping the look of a U.S. NES system. Not only do they share a dark grey body with black and red trim, there is also the cross shaped d-pad controller represented on the upper sole of the shoe. Unfortunately it does not actually plug into an NES to become a second controller. The Nike Classic BW in this style is only available at a few choice outlets, though I did find a pair or two on Ebay.
Adidas comes close to being interactive footwear by including a retro-inspired video game with their ZX 500 shoes. These rainbow-heeled sneakers look like they're right out of the 80's. You also get a gel bracelet with a USB drive tucked away inside. Plug it in and you get ZX Runner, a game that looks like it could be at home running (hah!) on your Spectrum computer. The good news is that Amazon is stocking these, so it's a bit easier to find these shoes and their bundled-in game bracelet. Sure beats getting a Buster Brown comic book...