Epic fail: Nike’s self-lacing Adapt BB shoes rendered useless with faulty Android app


OREGON: Nike built one of the coolest smart shoes but probably forgot to test its compatible app, leaving users frustrated.

Adapt BB by Nike are the company’s self-lacing shoes which use a compatible smartphone app called Nike Adapt to execute the function of self-lacing.

However, a number of users are reporting on the app page on Google Play that the app doesn’t pair properly with the shoes, leaving them practically useless. One user reported how resetting the shoe, uninstalling the app, even turning off Bluetooth, did not help the case.


A company executive responded to the user, acknowledging the issue and assuring that Nike is working towards fixing the problem.

According to software engineer Johnathan Warner, wrote in a tweet that the Nike apparently did not quality test the Android version of its Adapt app as thoroughly as the iOS version which seems to work fine.

Sadly, all customers of the Nike Adapt BB with Android devices are now left with bricked shoes due to broken firmware update routine. Until the company issues a fix, it is nothing more than USD 350-worth of shoes which are basic, won’t self-lace, or light-up.



New shoes make a difference

Image result for New shoes make a differenceChildren sat attentive in rows of chairs with parents behind them as a college student washed their feet and exchanged kind words before putting a new sneaker on each foot.

More than 60 University of Jamestown students greeted area families that registered for the Samaritan’s Feet distribution day event Sunday at Harold Newman Arena. The UJ students collected 275 pairs of new shoes over the first semester and from direct donations and at a UJ basketball game.

“In retrospect it’s been a lot of work but it doesn’t seem like work, it really doesn’t,” said Mika Thorlakson, a UJ professor of kinesiology and program adviser.

The UJ students were moved by the idea of collecting and distributing shoes for kids, some of whom have never had a new pair, he said. Active and growing kids go through a lot of shoes which puts a burden on parents, he said.

The kids and parents were led to a feet washing station and the youth were fitted with new shoes. The kids were then invited to play games with UJ students on the arena floor.

Charles Eastman of Jamestown said he and his wife were grateful to have a new pair of shoes for their 9-year-old daughter. She goes through a lot of clothing, especially jackets and shoes, and any help is appreciated, he said.

“Anytime we can get some type of help it makes things a lot easier on us,” Eastman said.

Jeremy and Justina Jones said their 8-year-old twin boys are active and go through shoes fast.

“It’s great that they provide this help for children,” Justina said. “I just think it’s a great program.”

Denise Blomberg, regional operations director of the Samaritan’s Feet in Sioux Falls, S.D., said Jamestown has a culture of service and the servant leadership example is exemplified at the university. It’s a community that is aligned well with the organizational goal of giving out a million shoes this year, she said.

“This is a natural progression for us to start the Samaritan’s Feet Ambassadors chapter here,” Blomberg said. “This is the first of its kind and it can be replicated anywhere.”

Samaritan’s Feet was founded in 2003 by Manny Ohonme, who came to the University of North Dakota-Lake Region on a basketball scholarship and went on to earn a master’s degree. As a youth in Nigeria, the gift of his first pair of shoes from a missionary at age 9 changed his life.

The UJ Samaritan’s Feet Ambassadors is a first-of-its-kind model that may soon be used at other colleges and communities that form their own chapters, Blomberg said. The UJ students collected more than 200 pairs of shoes in 2018 but had not yet formed the Samaritan’s Feet Ambassadors chapter.

Sunday’s event was rescheduled from a weather-cancelled event on Jan. 26. When the UJ totals are known they will be added to the other events in 15 cities and 12 states when more than 9,000 pairs of shoes were given to children as part of the Martin Luther King National Day of Service Initiative, she said.

More than 6,500 pairs of shoes have been distributed at events in seven North Dakota cities since 2014, she said. More than 6.9 million shoes have been distributed in 41 states in that time.

Tommy Voss, a UJ senior in exercise science, is president of the Samaritan’s Feet UJ Ambassadors. He said it is the largest campus organization. The students embrace a program that does good and involves servitude, he said.

“I find that it’s very humbling to be part of something like this,” Voss said.

People come forward when they are in need and it isn’t taken lightly by the students, he said. This is a big responsibility but a fantastic opportunity to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, he said.

“These little kids are the future so it means a lot to me,” said Jack Talley, a sophomore pre-law student at UJ.

It’s important to help all kids in the community, he said. The bigger impact of doing something meaningful for a child is that the child in turn may remember this and do the same some day, he said.

Sydney Prussia, a sophomore elementary education student at UJ, said she volunteered as a way to do other things that relate to helping kids.

“This is just another reason to help more kids,” Prussia said.


NBA Fashion: All-Stars break out specialty shoes for weekend

All-Star Shoe Fashion Basketball

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NBA players once again will be sharing personal stories this weekend during All-Star festivities — and using basketball shoes as a platform to get their message out.

When Kevin Durant takes the floor on Sunday he’ll be wearing pink Nike KD 11 Aunt Pearls shoes bearing the names of 59 cancer survivors with inspiring stories.

Golden State Warriors teammate Stephen Curry decided to poke fun at his own mischievous nature with his shoe selection, unveiling the Under Armour Curry 6 “Coy Fish” colorway depicting the time he and a former college teammate found themselves in a little trouble for pulling a prank at a Japanese steakhouse.

All-Star shoe fashion may not be as big as it once was, but it’s still a real thing.

The shoes players wear are still considered as big of a deal as the All-Star game itself for a loyal niche of fans in the basketball community known as “sneakerheads” — even though the overall market for basketball shoes may not be what it was a decade ago.

Regardless, the stories behind them add meaning to the shoes.

Curry’s “Coy Fish” shoe ($130, available Friday), for instance, resembles the vibrant koi fish — and the story of when Curry and former Davidson Wildcats teammate Steve Rossiter decided to jump into the koi fish pond at a local Japanese restaurant while out celebrating one night. Curry was the decoy in the escapade, distracting the hostess while Rossiter jumped in the water and tried to grab one of the koi fish.

Unfortunately for Curry and Rossiter, the security surveillance tape captured the antics and it got back to Davidson coach Bob McKillop.

“We were in the gym running sprints for a good two hours,” Curry says on the Under Armour website.

McKillop also made the players go back to the steakhouse and stand at the front door and greet customers for four hours.

Durant’s shoe line is named after his favorite aunt, who died of lung cancer in 2000, so any new release has a personal meaning to him. The KD 11 Aunt Pearl ($150, available Thursday).

James Harden, Damian Lilllard and Kyle Lowry will be wearing Adidas All-Star Weekend “raceway inspired” shoes with checkered flags, a nod to Charlotte’s long history of auto racing. Those shoes are player edition only and aren’t available to the public, but other colorways of each sneaker are available to the public.

While the unveiling of new shoes at the NBA All-Star game is a bit like Christmas morning for some shoe collectors, one industry advisor says it isn’t likely to resonate with American consumers.

“Basketball shoes are not in fashion anymore,” said Matt Powell, of the Sports NPD Group who has been doing research in the area of shoes for more than two decades.

Powell said the trend away from basketball shoes began around 2015 and that sales have continued to slide. He said basketball shoe sales in the United States declined in “the low teens” in 2017 and in the “high single digits” last year.

He doesn’t expect the trend to change regardless of how fancy the new line of basketball shoes unveiled this weekend in Charlotte.

Still, players continue to compete off the court in a shoe market where sometimes the flashier the better. So there will be a bevy of multicolored ones on display.

Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and Boston’s Kyrie Irving might don the most vibrant shoes.

Irving will wear red, blue, black, yellow and white Kyrie 5 X Rokit by Nike ($190, available Saturday), which combines the skate and hoop culture to showcase the crossover between the sports.

Westbrook will celebrate his eighth NBA All-Star selection with a special edition colorway of his Jordan Brand Why Not Zer0.2 shoes ($125, available Sunday) that features a bold combination of black, red, light and dark blue and lime green.

Like most of the players, Westbrook has input into the design of his shoes, saying on the Nike website that “every colorway has a meaning behind it that is special to me. … I wanted to take that storytelling to the next level with an exposed tag that helps illustrate the meaning behind the colors used.'”

In coordination with the All-Star weekend hosted by former NBA star and current Hornets owner Michael Jordan, the Jordan Brand is releasing a series of off-court footwear to honor the six-time NBA champion, who grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, led the North Carolina Tar Heels to a national championship and became a household name with the Chicago Bulls.

One of the shoes, the Air Jordan Varsity Royal ($200, available now), celebrates Jordan’s legacy at Laney High School with a varsity royal, maize and light charcoal combination shoe.

But the most popular shoe might be the re-release of what Jordan wore in the last All-Start game played in Charlotte in 1991 — the mostly black-and-red Jordan VI Infrared ($200, available Saturday).

“We wanted to pay homage to the most important parts of MJ’s journey and you can see that come to life with new and classic takes of Air Jordans for men and women,” said David Creech, the Jordan Brand vice president of design.

Half of the 26 players selected to the All-Star game will be wearing Nike shoes.

Five will wear Jordan Brand, three will sport Adidas, two Under Armour and one each player each will represent New Balance, Anta and the Chinese apparel company Li-Ning.


Five Head-Turning Gym Shoes Released in January

So you started the new year strong — hitting the gym daily, meal prepping with more fruits and vegetables and possibly even dabbling in meditation. But now, it’s February and resolutions are fading fast. Or maybe it’s the opposite, and you are continuously crushing your weight goal and need something to keep you inspired. Either way, a new pair of gym shoes is a great way to solidify your routine or help jump-start a new one.

Whether you’ve already pounded the outsoles of your last pair of gym sneakers or you’re in dire need of some new gear, these gym shoes dropped within the last 30 days and are available right now.

Under Armour TriBase Reign

At 10.3-ounces and a 2-mm drop, you’ll feel grounded so you can knock out your heaviest squat and lunge combinations. The full rubber outsole wraps around the side of the shoe, so you can finally reach the top of the rope climb, and the foam midsole is firm, yet supportive for CrossFit workouts and beyond. Pair all that with an abrasion-resistant upper and you have a durable shoe. The UA TriBase Reign works best for weight lifting and WODs.

BUY NOW: $120

Lane Eight Trainer AD 1

Back in August of last year, Lane Eight launched its first training shoe built for athletes at every level. The two founders, Josh and James Shorrock, wanted to design a shoe that you can wear to the gym, for a pickup game and a short run. In January, the brand dropped two new colors: burgundy and indigo.

BUY NOW: $140

Nike Metcon 4 XD

The Metcon has been a staple in every CrossFitter’s gym kit since 2015. While not a ton has changed since the first version, each iteration has its fans. The 4 XD features a 3D upper that’s durable and reinforced all over instead of just the heavy hitting areas. The new fabric stretches from toe to heel. Nike kept the outsole, TPU heel clip and 4-mm drop all the same. You’ll still find these are best for deadlifts, sled pushes, track starts and explosive movements.

BUY NOW: $130

Adidas Alphabounce Instinct

The original Alphabounce shoes made the best gym sneakers list for mixed-use gym shoes in 2018, and this Instinct update doesn’t fall too far from the originals. The seamless upper is supportive, yet flexible for when you need to go straight from mountain climbers to lateral hops. The shoe is built to move with you on runs, as well as quickly from side to side. It’s 12-ounces, so on the heavier side of shoes and the 10-mm drop isn’t something you’ll want to lift weights in but works perfectly on any machines at the gym as well as on the track.

BUY NOW: $120

Hoka One One Cavu 2

Hoka One One is famous for its plush cushioning that will help save your knees during marathons and ultras, but the brand went minimalist with the Cavus and the second iteration is no different. Running shorter distances in the Cavu 2 is possible, but it also shines on the gym floor. A 5-mm drop and 7.2-ounce weight make this lightweight trainer ideal for a cardio or HIIT class. A breathable mesh upper means your feet are comfortable well past the duration of your workout.




Shoes for Miles accepting shoe donations in Lincoln

Image result for Shoes for Miles accepting shoe donations in LincolnA shoe drive in Lincoln hopes to help vulnerable children and raise awareness for congenital heart defects.

Shoes for Miles is an organization founded by Greg and Dana Ludvik to honor their son Miles, who was born Feb. 17, 2014, and died six days later from congenital heart defects.

The organization — which has collected more than 3,000 shoes in four years — will accept donations of new shoes at Footloose & Fancy, 4131 Pioneer Woods Drive, and Threads, 1219 P St., until Feb. 18.

Donors are asked to pair shoes — sized toddlers to teens, preferably athletic shoes and winter boots — in the original box or by tying laces together. Used shoes can’t be accepted.

The shoes will be distributed to Foster Care Closet, which gives clothing donations to children in foster care throughout Nebraska.


Verily wants to make smart shoes that track weight and falls

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Google’s sister company Verily wants to make a smart shoe that can track weight and monitor falls, according to CNBC. The company has allegedly been looking for partners to develop this shoe and bring it to market, but it’s very early in the process.

Fall detection seems to have become an increasingly popular feature for wellness gadgets, given that the newest Apple Watch has a similar feature. This makes sense due to the growing number of Baby Boomers and the very real risk of injury that falls pose. In fact, falls are the number one cause of injuries and deaths from injury for elderly Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and preventing falls truly could save lives.

The shoe fits in with other projects from Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences), which include contact lenses for farsightedness and a special spoon for people with movement disorders. That said, Verily is hardly the first company to look into smart shoes for this purpose. E-VONE makes smart shoes in 26 styles, and all of them contain sensors that will notify someone when you fall. But both E-VONE and Verily and everyone else’s smart shoes will need to contend with the same problems: few people want to wear the same shoes every day, and many people don’t wear shoes indoors. At least a smart shoe is a better fall-prevention idea than the $800 airbag belt.