iShuu Tech's Volvorii Timeless shoes aim to continue the trend of bringing E Ink technology to fashion, integrating a user-customizable, flexible panel into a pair of high heels. The product is currently seeking support through a crowdfunding campaign.
While you'd be right to associate E Ink screens with e-readers, we've recently seen the technology used in a variety of different ways, from phone cases that provide the user with a second display, to shelf tags and beyond. iShuu's product isn't the first time we've seen the technology in a fashion product, with another crowdfunding effort – the Tago Arc – integrating an E Ink panel into a bracelet.
The Volvorii shoes connect to iOS and Android smartphones, with customization handled via a dedicated app. Users can pick between solid black and white designs, as well as intricate monochrome patterns. Aside from the E Ink panel, the rest of the shoes are constructed from a mixture of rubber and leather.
There's a built-in Bluetooth LE module for communication, alongside a wireless charging-enabled 200-mAh battery. According to the company, it takes around two hours to fully charge the shoes, after which they'll be good for between two to six months.
If customizing the shoes' E Ink panels isn't enough for you, the wearables also feature accessory fasteners on the front and back, allowing for users to add extra flare to their shoes.
As this is an Indiegogo project, you can't buy Volvorii Timeless smart shoes just yet, but an early bird pledge of US$249 will secure you a pair, assuming everything goes to plan. The products are available in a choice of black and white, and shipping is estimated to begin in December.