The Adidas Micropacer was one of the first running shoes to feature a microprocessor and sensor. The technology was capable of providing performance statistics for athletes: time, distance, speed and calorie consumption. The Adidas Micropacer was a forerunner to the Adidas miCoach; the miCoach provides: workout intensity coaching; fitness stats; trajectory stats for footballers; heart rate tracking; and average speed tracking.
The Adidas Micropacer placed the microprocessor (computer) on the tongue of the left shoe and the sensor - which feeds the microprocessor with information - placed on the toes. The microprocessor unit on the left shoe has a small LCD display - similar to a digital 80's wristwatch - that provides distance, calorie, and speed data. The Adidas Micropacer was released in 1984; therefore, the microprocessor was large and heavy when compared to present day technology.
The Micropacer sneaker was released with a: metallic silver-tone kangaroo leather upper; EVA injection molded midsole; rubber outsole; and a kangaroo leather lining. The micropacer computer can be viewed below:
The Adidas Micropacer was built for long distance and marathon training; it was not suitable for sprinting, ball games and other athletic disciplines. The original Adidas Micropacer sneaker was released in 1984, and it was developed to tie-in with the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. The Adidas Micropacer was one of the first sneakers to be released in silver, and for it's day, it was a futuristic shoe that grabbed attention.
The Adidas Micropacer has been released as part of the Adidas Originals range of heritage sneakers; the last batch of Micropacer shoes were released in 2014. The shoe is sold on web portals, like eBay, for over £75. The Adidas Mircropacer has also been released in a selection of limited editions; such as: Gore-tex and Snakeskin Grey.