Sometimes, it's hard to part ways with those beat up Chucks. Apple may be able to help you with your dilemma. That's because the company has filed for a patent which will let you know when you should go out and buy a new pair. In the above image, you can see that these "smart shoes" come with embedded sensors, located in the heel, that track your activity. 

Below, you can see a rundown of the patent:

Shoes (including sneakers or boots, for example) provide comfort and protection for feet. More importantly, shoes provide physical support for feet to reduce risk of foot injuries. A shoe is often necessary to provide support during intense physical activity, such as running, soccer and American football. As a shoe wears, physical support provided by the shoe decreases, thereby reducing associated protection from injury. When a critical wear level is reached, even if the shoe looks like it is not particularly worn, the shoe may not provide adequate support and may, in fact, cause damage to feet.

Engadget also points out that the attached sensor could be connected to your iOS device which will alert you when it's time for a change. Will you be copping?  

[via Mashable


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