Smart shoes might seem like a recent technology, however they’re really not – Puma’s RS-Computer sneakers were tracking running stats and numbers way back in 1986, a long time before wearable technology was a popular trend. Puma is now rereleasing a limited run of its 1986 RS-Computer running shoe, which had a computer chip built into its clunky back heel module to record distance, time, and calories.
Although the technology is undoubtedly outdated, the design itself holds a particular retro charm and the model enjoys quite a few fans. Puma’s modern version keeps the same classic design. Long gone is the requirement for a 16-pin cable, because RS-Computer shoes will be charged via USB. They are fitted with bluetooth technology in order to connect to an android or iOS smartphone and a dedicated RS-Computer shoe app that saves all of the relevant data within a suitably retro-inspired interface that uses 8-bit graphics as seen on original computer screens. They include advanced features, including a mini 3-axis accelerometer, an abundance of memory to record up to 30 days of data, a rechargeable lithium battery, and LED indicators.
Releasing in an original colorway, PUMA’s RS-Computer reissue arrives on December 13th in limited numbers of 86 pairs (each is individually numbered on the back of the tongue) at PUMA stores in Berlin Mitte, Harajuku, Tokyo, and London, as well as at KITH.