Published Jun 22, 2016Three years in the making, eternally cool shoe empire Converse has unveiled its especially musical "Converse All Wah," a sneaker that doubles as a wah-wah pedal.
Plans for the shoe began in 2013, when a prototype was designed by Critical Mass, but fashion brand Cute Circuit has now completed the guitar pedal-sporting sneakers for retail.
Using micro-sensor technology built into the sole of the shoe and a Bluetooth connection to a wah box, the All Wah can create the same treble-amping sounds of the original guitar pedal. In the original video from 2013, which you can see below, this is proved with a guy flexing his foot to create a reasonably funky version of Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," the famously wah-abusing bane of music store employees' existence.
A newly revealed promo video also finds Dinosaur Jr. guitar god J Mascis slapping on a black pair of All Wah high-tops, plugging a few power cables into the shoe, and creating some equally awesome and wobbly sounds. After explaining a few specs of the tone controller, he notes, "I have to write some new songs with this."
You'll find that video below as well.
According to a press release, the shoes will work with a traditional guitar rig but are also compatible with Macs and iPhones. An ETA for the retail launch has not yet been revealed.