This idea: Instead of throwing out your favourite pair of sneakers when the soles wear out, just replace the bottom with new soles.
Urshuz (pronounced ‘Yer shoes’) makes that possible with shoes that are made with interchangeable parts.
Here’s how it works:
A series of rings are attached to the shoes’ top half. The rings fit into slots that are moulded into the outsole.
The same sole can be used for shoes made out of canvas (think Dockers), sneakers, and flip flops.
Each pair is expected to sell for about $60 in stores like Urban Outfitters this June, according to TreeHugger.
Whose idea: Shoe designer Grant Delgatty.
Why this is brilliant: If you’ve ever bemoaned the loss of a favourite worn out sneaker or sandal that’s no longer in stores, you’ll appreciate the chance to revive them with new soles. Style conscious consumers might also enjoy being able to match their outfits with different coloured soles.
Unfortunately ladies will have to wait — Urshuz will only be available in men’s styles first, although Delgatty is working on a line for women and children.
One thing we’re sceptical about — it seems running in these could be difficult, and that there’d be a chance the soles could pop off. The shoes will have to be made very well, otherwise Grant Delgatty could find himself in a number of lawsuits over people tripping and injuring themselves.
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