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Sign up to beta test these self-lacing shoes

The first thought we had when we heard about self-lacing shoes was, “WHY??” Are we so lazy that we can’t tie or Velcro our own shoes now? Then we read a little more, and we learned that these self-lacing shoes are all about improving the running experience. If you’re a runner, you know how important the right shoes are, and you hate stopping to adjust an ill-fitting shoe.

Even if you’re not a runner, you know how important shoe fit is when you’re working out, whether you’re playing golf, walking the dog, working out at the gym or doing any kind of physical activity.

Now, Puma is looking for beta testers for its self-lacing Puma Fi shoes, and you can take part. The company is accepting applications between now and April 28, 2019, and they’ll review the applications between April 29 and May 12. Finalists will be notified if they’ve made it to the next round of interviews by May 17.

How to sign up for Puma Fi beta test

Download the PUMATRAC app from iTunes or Google Play, or sign up using the online form on Puma’s website. You’ll be asked to provide your name, email, home address, and telephone make, model and OS (and when asked, please tell them you heard about this from The Kim Komando Show!).

To qualify, you have to be 18 or older and live in one of the 11 countries named, including the U.S.


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Puma’s website doesn’t say how many beta testers they’re looking for, but it does say the beta test lasts 3 weeks, and if you’re selected to participate, you get to keep the shoes. You’ll have to provide feedback on the usability, design, engineering and wearability of the shoes. They say the shoe will be available in stores in 2020. No word on the price yet.

What you’ll have to do in the self-lacing shoe beta test

When you sign up for beta testing, you’re agreeing to provide personal information. Because we know no one likes to read terms and conditions, we read them for you. Be prepared to share with Puma your name, address, email address and shoe size, and they promise they’re not transferring it to any third-party data users.


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Beta testers may also be asked to take part in Skype interviews to provide feedback, as well as complete a survey at the end of the 3 week test.

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