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General Electric invents futuristic astronaut sneakers

These silver 'The Mission' sneakers by General Electric will have you over the moon

By Andrea Tim | Published: 18 Jul 2014

Astronaut sneakers
Photo: General Electric/Twitter

To commemorate the 45th anniversary of the first moon walk by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, General Electric made high top sneakers with "super materials" not unlike ones used in jet engines.

The American infrastructure behemoth designed some of the material that made up the astronaut suits worn by Neil and his fellow spacewalkers. Their extreme-weatherproof boots and helmet visors were made from revolutionary GE tech material.

Extending its innovative material to limited edition footwear, GE designed its Mission sneakers with Android Homme. It would have been like any other design collaboration, except this one had space exploration-worthy materials, including lightweight stabilised carbon fiber, which can apparently withstand the extreme conditions of a jet engine's belly.

With only a hundred available, the sneakers can be purchased on Jack Threads this 20 July. They've even installed a countdown so you don't miss a beat. Meanwhile, enjoy this photo of Apollo 11 veteran Buzz Aldrin himself, kicking back in his own GE Mission sneakers.


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