A new type of shoe, called Walk Wings, could make your daily commute a lot more interesting.
The shoes are similar to retro strap-on roller skates, but are designed for adults with retractable wheels.
Each Walk Wing attaches to the user’s existing footwear using a heel strap, toe cover, and an ankle strap to transform an ordinary stroll into a roller disco.
The shoes are similar to the retro strap-on roller skates, but are designed for adults, with retractable wheels. Each Walk Wing attaches to the user’s existing footwear using a heel strap, toe cover, and a ankle strap (Click Image To Enlarge)
The four rubber wheels fall into place by sliding a lever at the back of the shoe.
A heel brake, found below the lever to release the wheels, allows the user to stop in a similar way to braking while wearing roller blades.
When you get to stairs or uneven surfaces, users pull the wheels back up by moving the lever into its starting position.
For those who don't fancy walking with the brackets on, Walk Wings also come with a custom backpack for carrying them between commutes.
The sole is made from the same material as sports shows and the four wheels are designed with low centers of gravity for easy balance.
The Walk Wing's California-based inventor YJ Lee said.
"Five years ago, I had a dream that I was walking, running and skating around in the city with only one pair of shoes. I felt so light and free, and that was the start of Walk Wings."
Lee is currently raising funds to commercialise the system and has so far raised $3,464 towards his $50,000 goal with 46 days left on the Indiegogo campaign.
A pledge of $90 (£57) will get you a pair if they reach production, with the skates having an eventual retail price of around $200 (£128).
If the campaign takes off, shipping will begin in February 2016.
'Five years ago, I had a dream that I was walking, running and skating around in the city with only one pair of shoes,' said the shoes' inventor YJ Lee. 'I felt so light and free, and that was the start of Walk Wings' (Click Image To Enlarge)
COMMENTARY: I just checked Indiegogo and the creators of the Walk Wing have only raised $6,269 of the $50,000 they need to fund production. There are only 30 days left to go. I hope this posts helps get them over the hump.
Courtesy of an article dated August 18, 2015 appearing in the Daily Mail