Year Released: 1984

Today, the notion of integrating technology in footwear is hardly eyebrow raising … but in 1984 it might have been considered, well, almost Orwellian. adidas took charge with the Micropacer, which carried a small computer capable of calculating distance, pace, and even calories burned. The computer ran off a microchip in the forefoot, which was effectively triggered with each stride. adidas produced the original computing running through 1987, then recognizing its iconic stature brought it out the vaults in 2001. Since then, we've seen a neat selection of collaborative efforts never failing to remind us of the initial pioneering effort.