Since the introduction of LED Leuchtschuhe in 1990s where they were but simple blinking shoes that were worn by kids in those day, they have come a long way to become what they are today. Originally, only when pressure is applied on the foot the light will start to turn up in the soles. During the 1990s, these shoes were some of the most sought after but they slowly vanished as time passed by. There slow perish was mostly due to the changing fashion in 1990s as well as the health hazard due to the use of mercury which was used during that time.
Since then, the Light Up Shoes have made their way through the years and have started becoming popular again. They still remain shoes that are very fond of by kids. They are especially popular among parents who are looking to buy light up shoes for their kids who just started to walk. They were revoked into fashion in the year 2013 when Samuel Yang and Yifand Wan started the Simulation shoe brand which featured LED lights in the soles. This triggered the craze for LED shoes and, Simulation, the original light up shoes cost about $700 before they were taken over by the Chinese manufacturers. They were manufactured by China’s largest electronics manufacturing hub, Shenzhen.
A comparative study on then and now
When compared to the LED shoes made in the 1990’s, the ones made today are a lot brighter. Moreover, they were available only with red lights and now you can choose between a variety of colours. It has LED light that is fixed inside the show with six wires that go all the way to the heel’s edge. These lights are said to be vibration sensitive and will light up every time the foot steps down. The LEDs are said to last a little under 6 million steps which is three to four years of lifespan. Also, the new light up shoes has many features like the facility for LED lights to light up in various patterns, change colour and stay on by pressing a small switch.
Technology behind it
The technology that makes the light up shoes possible is simple and effective. It comprises of a control circuit, rechargeable battery, switch, USB port charging wire and LED light strip that fit perfectly into the rubble sole of the shoe. The light up shoes are being upgraded on a regular bases and are quite popular among old and young people alike.
The LED shoes were initially seen as a disturbing sign where older people often detested its presence in the 1990s. But not the 1990s kids have grown to become adults and their attraction towards these shoes remains the same. This is why the companies are now producing them not only for the kids but also for adults who still enjoy them. In fact, these shoes are seen as a fashion icon and their demand has seen a good increase over the past few years.