Will Cruz likes jogging against traffic at night, but wishes cars could see him better. With the help of some super bright LED strips and a couple 9V batteries, he made these LED sneakers and shows you how, too.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • NeuroPulse

    Cool. I wish they went on and off with each step.

  • Derryl Cocks

    The leds look great!

    I think it would be easier on the batteries to add a 555 timer chip in the circuit to make the leds flash. Can anyone suggest how to do this?

    For added safety I’d also like to suggest a strip at the rear as well – maybe distribute half of the leds to the front and half to the rear.

  • Silverman

    With or without lights, running in the street is often illegal. And it’s always dangerous for the runner and for cyclists, on whose legally-sanctioned strip of road runners often misappropriate. Please stop.

    • Becky Stern

      In some parts of Manhattan, specifically along the West Side Highway, there’s a shared pedestrian/skater/bike lane where these would come in super handy, as they have the cyclists/rollerbladers facing opposite the cyclists. I agree runners shouldn’t run in the bike lane, but that doesn’t make this project any less cool. =]

  • Jerry Adlersfluegel

    Put some red tail lights on there, and it’s complete!

  • MadRat

    I wonder how you could make a slip on version so you could put LEDs on any shoe and save the LEDs when the shoes get worn out. You could add an elastic band that wrapped around the back of the shoe and that might hold it on.