This Cool App Lets You Try on Sneakers Using Your Phone

Augmented reality app Wanna Kicks will make shopping for shoes online easier.

PHOTO BY Wanna Kicks App Store page

We've all bought something online because it looked really good in the pictures, only to get disappointed about how it actually looked when it arrived. This is especially true with sneakers. Top-of-the-line product shots can convince you that they're exactly the color you're looking for or that the design is much more detailed. But as soon as you open that package, you almost instantaneously ask for a return—either it doesn't perfectly fit or the color from the picture doesn't really match what it looks like in real life, among other online shopping problems.

To help solve that, the people at WANNABY thought of an ingenious idea: an augmented reality app that allows you to "try on" sneakers through your phone, which they've dubbed Wanna Kicks.

WANNABY uses original 3D design models provided by manufacturers supplemented with photogrammetry, or making measurements based on photographs, to give the models a more realistic texture. The company uses as many as 300 images of the shoes at various angles and lighting conditions and combines photo imagery with the 3D model via specialized software.

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PHOTO Screenshot from WANNABY's WEBSITE

Just like trying on actual shoes, the app works better if you aren't wearing any. For the most part, the virtual shoes look like they are actually on your feet. Although, at times, your toes or the side of your feet may stick out, which is understandable considering that the app is still in its early stages.

PHOTO Screenshot from WANNABY's WEBSITE
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The brands in the app are still very limited, but we hope to get more and more models to try on virtually very soon. 

The app is currently in its beta phase for iOS users. So if you're using an Android phone, you're going to have to wait a little longer.

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