LAS VEGAS — Think of the Digitsole intelligent shoe as the Swiss Army Knife of connected footwear, complete with built in foot-warmers, step-tracking technology, a front light, shock detection, and more.
With a design that could be described as Michael Jordan meets Marty McFly, we aren’t expecting this shoe to win any fashion awards. And priced as high as $450, it also promises to put a dent in your bank account.
Digitsole is touting its footwear as the “world’s first smartshoe.” Whether or not that’s true, it’s certainly one of the more unusual wearable technologies we’ve seen so far here at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Controlled by a smartphone app, the shoe automatically tightens with the push of a button. (Nike tried a different approach with its own “Back to the Future”-inspired prototype.)
“We started to think, what can provide comfort to people?” explained Digitsole CEO Karim Oumnia at the CES Unveiled event here tonight. “We didn’t want to make a gadget. We wanted something really useful.”
Digitsole is based in France. The shoes, slated to be available at retail in October 2016, are an evolution of the company’s Warm Series heated insoles, which also offer step counting and calorie tracking, retailing for $199.