I Don’t Need No Wah-Wah – Converse’s Distortion Pedal Sneaker

All you distortion-loving guitar players can throw your wah pedals in the trash–like you would’ve your old beat-up Chuck Taylor’s, which now contain said wah pedal.

As reported late last week, design house Critical Mass conceptualized the sneaker back in 2013. Dubbed the All Wah, all a wearer has to do is tap their foot to incorporate the sound into their guitar playing.

Still, three years is a long time in tech years, and the design has been updated by CuteCircuit–swapping out a toe-jack plugin with a wireless apparatus. The movement of pressing an actual wah pedal is achieved by a flexible sensor in the sole of the shoe. Through Bluetooth, the information is sent to a Wah Box, which gives your guitar the desired sound.

The All Wah is will also be able to connect to a Mac or iPhone instead of an amp.

No word on when the All Wah will be available to the public; so far, thirteen guitarists have taken them for a test run, and more questions have been generated than answered. Is it that hard to use a wah pedal in the first place? Will the price of the sneaker/pedal combo be cost-prohibitive compared to just buying both items separately? We suppose everything is superfluous until you try it. In the interim, salivate (or sneer) at these videos!



J. Howard Rosier

J. Howard Rosier

J. Howard Rosier has a journalism degree from Columbia College. He is currently studying writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he also serves as News Editor for FNews.

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