When I visited SOREAL in the past days, I already got a sneak peak at the upcoming sneaker design. I remember I was quite impressed at first sight already, even if they were still not finished. Now that they’ve been released I’m even more impressed.
The sneakers share both characteristics that already made me fall in love with the jackets and sunglasses. The first is the exquisite use of sculpted prims to make the shape look as realistic as possible. The second is the scripting that’s been added to make the sneakers as easy to use as is possible.
The basic pairs contain one script, the simple resize script you’ll find in every prim used in SOREAL designs. The shoes are no-modify so you can’t resize them in edit mode. Instead they pop up a menu when you click on them that allows you to resize them by 1, 5 or 10 %, up or down. To make it even easier you get two pairs, one pre-set for a standard man, the other pre-set for a standard woman.
You can also buy the extended pair, which you could compare to fatpacks in other stores. This pair includes a HUD which allows you to switch the texture on the shoes on the fly, and lets you use all of the 13 colours (of which 1 bonus colour that isn’t sold separately). I personally prefer this way of working, since it means your inventory isn’t cluttered by 13 pairs of shoes. However, they’re copy enabled. So even if you do prefer to have each pair separately saved, you could still do so by setting the colour on one pair, then copying it to a new folder.
The HUD used for the colouring is designed in the same style as the jacket’s HUD. No cheap, ugly, square looking buttons for SOREAL. This HUD fits snugly in the upper right corner of your screen, and comes with two buttons. The first pops up a colour choosing menu, the second pops up the help notecard, just in case you can’t figure out how the shoes work. And if you still don’t like the HUD, you can detach it once your changes are made. All changes are saved whether the HUD is active or not.
The textures share the love of detail which is visible in the shoe shape. The fabric changes just as the colour changes, but each of them has a realistic look. The Iguana colour (bright green) for example has a slightly glossier look on top, creating at least in my mind an impression of reptilian leather, while the standard black and white look more like regular fabrics.
For 395 L$ you can get a pair of sneakers in one colour in a men’s and women’s size, for 695 L$ you can get a pre-set pack of 3 colours and for 2395 L$ you can get the extended pair which includes the HUD and all 13 patterns. Compared to other shoes in Second Life these prices are very reasonable, and if you take note of the quality in this work it becomes even more impressive.
Before I finish though, I should mention with one negative point. There is no demo version available to test the shoes out. There are however two rezzed shoes being showcased near the vendor if you want a peek at them before deciding. If you’re one of those people that never buys without having tried a demo however, this could be a problem.
You can reach the store through this SLUrl.