But many more people may get to experience the sensation of lunar walking thanks to a new sneaker that launched on Indiegogo. The 20:16 MoonWalker sneaker has two layers of powerful magnets under the sockliner. The north poles of the magnets are strategically positioned so that they face each other and create a repellant force so that it feels as if you are levitating over the ground.
The sockliner of the MoonWalkers is memory foam which molds to a wearer’s foot and the upper is a soft and breathable bootie that is lined with the same polyethelene material that NASA uses on its space station modules. There is an even an e-ink option that allows custom messages to appear on the sneakers midsole.
In order for the shoes to work best, the company behind the MoonWalkers reccommends that users are under 286 pounds. That allows for the magnets to ideally create the floating feel.
The whole thing feels a little bit gimmicky to be honest, but compared to similar shoes these are significantly less ugly than, say, Heelys or those Strength shoes that improve your vertical jump. And there does appear to be a market for them. The shoes had raised more than $98,000 from over 1,000 backers through January 10, far exceeding its $20,000 fundraising goal. We’ll have to wait until the shoes ship in September to see if they live up the promise.