In the early 1980s, athletic footwear began to harness computer technology as a means of enhancing athletic performance. Adidas’s revolutionary Micropacer featured a microsensor in the toe of the left shoe that could record distance, running pace, and caloric consumption. This information was retrieved on a readout screen found on the tongue. The small screen was only one of the futuristic aspects of the sneaker; the silver gilt leather and unusual lace covers also heralded a new era that offered the hope of physical perfection through technology.
adidas / Micropacer, 1984 / Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum, gift of Phillip Nutt, S97.0168.AB / Photo: Ron Wood