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11 Geeky Engagement Ring Boxes

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While the most important part of an engagement proposal is the love shared between the couple, the ring is also pretty important, and if you’re going to give someone something that special, you might as well put it in a great box. These engagement ring boxes are perfect for anyone ready to settle down with the geeky person of his or her dreams.

1. TARDIS

Practically all Whovians fantasize about either being the Doctor or getting to be one of his companions. When Offbeat Bride reader Anthropolywog’s boyfriend hid an engagement ring in a TARDIS box and then asked her, “Will you be my companion?” the only way she could possibly answer was by saying, "With all my heart through all of time!"

2. Wall-E

Most geek girls would be touched just to receive such an incredible-looking replica of the world’s most romantic robot, Wall-E, but when they discovered that his center console opens up to reveal an engagement ring, that’s when the sparks would really fly. This was The Model Maker’s first attempt at making an engagement ring box, and I would say he pretty much nailed it.

3. Toy Story

What better way to tell your future fiancé, “You’ve got a friend in me,” than proposing to her with a Toy Story engagement ring box? Once again, The Model Maker presumably made a geek girl very happy.

4. The Mad Hatter

It’s hard to decide on a favorite engagement ring box by The Model Maker when he has so many amazing custom creations. In this one, for example, the Mad Hatter is bent down, seemingly offering a cup of tea, but when you remove his big green hat, there’s a smaller green hat underneath with an engagement ring in it.

5. Up!

The Model Maker also made an engagement ring box based on the house from Up! and while it is indeed impressive, it lacks the balloons and the whole "up" aspect. Paul Pape was later commissioned to make a ring box based on The Model Maker’s and his decision to take things one step further by showing the house floating through the air made the entire thing really pop—though fortunately, not the balloons holding the house up.

6. The Muppets

Paul Pape didn’t stop with the Up! house, though. He also created an amazing engagement box designed to look like The Muppet Show theater. While everything about the design is pretty impressive, perhaps the most amazing feature of the box is the fact that the tiny stage’s footlights actually light up.

7. Gearing Up

If you’re ready to be with someone for the rest of your life, then it seems appropriate to give them the key to your heart—or to a lovely jewelry box that hides a mechanical device that can only be opened with said key. Of course, when the key does open the box, an engagement ring is revealed. Reddit user Curtisabrina spent more than 200 hours to prepare this for his girlfriend.

8. Iron Man

Eddie Zarick’s girlfriend is a huge comic book fan and is particularly big on Iron Man. So Eddie made her a special light-up arc reactor knowing she’d be thrilled with the gift—especially when she discovered the engagement ring inside.

9. Portal

Everyone loves a good companion cube, particularly this one by DeviantArt user risusan with an engagement ring inside, offering a lifetime of companionship.

10. Mario Question Block

In the Mario universe, you never know what you’ll get when you hit a question block (until you’ve already played the level that is), but it’s almost always something good. That’s why this is such a great engagement ring box. If your girl is a gamer, then she’ll automatically know something good is going to happen when you give her this Question Block box by Etsy seller emmadreamstar.

11. Death Star

When Rock N’ Roll Bride featured Jane and Neil’s wedding, the photos of Jane’s purple dress, the Mario-themed wedding cake, and the arcade cabinet used to hold the seating chart all went viral fast. One thing most people overlooked, though, was the adorable Death Star ring box the couple used to hold their wedding bands before the ceremony. Technically this was a wedding ring box, not an engagement ring box, but it’s certainly close enough to count.

Have any of you Flossers ever had a particularly cool ring box (whether or not it was for an engagement ring)?

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11 Classic Facts About Converse Chucks
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Converse’s Chuck Taylor sneakers have been around since the early 20th century, but they haven’t changed much—until recently. In 2015, The Chuck II—a new line of Converse that looks much the same as the original shoe but with a little more padding and arch support—hit stores. In honor of the kicks' staying power, here are 11 facts about Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars.  

1. They were originally athletic shoes. 

The Converse All-Star debuted in 1917 as an athletic sneaker. It quickly became the number one shoe for basketball, then a relatively new sport (basketball was invented by James Naismith in 1891, but the NBA wasn't founded until 1946). By the late 1940s, most of the NBA sported Chucks. They remain the best-selling basketball shoes of all time, even though very few people wear them for basketball anymore. (Many teams switched to leather Adidas in the late ‘60s.)

2. Converse previously made rain boots.

The company started in 1908 as a rubber shoe company that produced galoshes.  

3. The All-Star design hasn’t really changed since 1917.

The updated Chuck II is Converse’s first real attempt to update its flagship product since the early 20th century. The company is understandably reticent to shake things up: All-Stars make up the majority of the company’s revenue, and like any classic design, its fans can be die-hards. In the 1990s, when the company tried to introduce All-Stars that were more comfortable and had slightly fewer design inconsistencies, hardcore aficionados rebelled. “They missed the imperfections in the rubber tape that lines the base of the shoe,” according to the Washington Post. The company went back to making a slightly imperfect shoe.

4. Chuck Taylor was a basketball player and trainer ...

Chuck Taylor in 1921. Image Credit: North Carolina State University via Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

Taylor was a Converse salesman and former professional basketball player who traveled around the country teaching basketball clinics (and selling shoes) starting in the 1920s. His name was added onto an ankle patch on the sneaker in 1932

5. ... And though he sold a lot of Chucks, he wasn't always a great coach.

Taylor is in large part responsible for the shoe’s popularity with athletes (the company rewarded him with an unlimited expense account), but his training advice wasn’t always the best. As former University of North Carolina player Larry Brown told Spin in an oral history of the shoe:

My greatest memory of Chuck Taylor—probably ’61 or ’62—is that he told Coach [Dean] Smith that he’d make us special weighted shoes in Carolina blue. The idea was that we’d wear the weighted shoes in practice, and then during the games, we’d run faster and jump higher. Well, we tried them for one practice and everyone pulled a hamstring.

6. Converse didn’t intend for their shoes to be punk.

“We always thought of ourselves as an athletic shoe company,” John O’Neil, who oversaw Converse’s marketing from 1983 to 1997, told Spin. “We wanted to sell a wholesome shoe.” The company was still touting its shoes as basketball sneakers as late as 2012, and some of its non-Chucks sneakers still have pro endorsers.

7. The company owns a recording studio.

Finally embracing its role in the music scene, the company launched Rubber Tracks, a Brooklyn-based recording studio where bands can record for free, in 2011.

8. Not all the Ramones were fans. 

Chuck Taylors are associated with punk rockers, especially the Ramones, but not everyone in the band wore them. “Dee Dee and I switched over to the Chuck Taylors because they stopped making [the style of] U.S. Keds and Pro-Keds [that we liked],” Marky Ramone told Spin. “Joey never wore them. He needed a lot of arch support and Chuck Taylors are bad for that.”

9. Chucks were initially only high tops. 

In 1962, Converse rolled out its first oxford Chuck Taylor All-Stars. Previously, it had just been a high-top shoe. Four years later, the company would introduce the first colors other than black and white.

10. Rocky ran in them.

In 1976, All-Stars were still considered a viable athletic shoe. If you look closely at the training montage from Rocky, you’ll see the boxer is wearing Chucks. 

11. Wiz Khalifa loves them. 

The rapper named his record label Taylor Ganag Records, in part due to his appreciation for Chuck Taylors. In 2013, he launched a shoe collection with Converse featuring 12 styles. 

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Adidas Collaborates With Artists to Create Sneakers for All 50 States
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For a recent project from Adidas and Refinery29, artists were given a women’s running shoe to use as their blank canvas. Their only prompt: Design the sneaker to represent one of the American states. The results are as varied and colorful as the nation itself.

As Adweek reports, the initiative, dubbed BOOST the Nation, takes an all-American look at Adidas’s UltraBOOST X footwear line. Refinery29 selected several artists—all women—to put their regional stamp on the plain white shoe. Some have been decorated with state flora. For instance, the Florida sneaker sports a tropical frond and the shoe for North Carolina is embellished with Venus flytraps. Food is also a popular theme: Wisconsin cheese, Maine lobster, and Tennessee barbecue have all been incorporated into sneaker designs.

Each sneaker is one-of-a kind and only available through auction. All proceeds raised will go directly to Women Win, an organization dedicated to bringing sports to adolescent girls around the world. The auction runs through Tuesday, July 11, with current bids ranging from $110 to $2000. Check out the artists’ handiwork that's for sale below.

Sneaker designed to look like a peach.
Georgia

Checkered running shoe.
Indiana

Adidas, Jen Mussari

Yellow running shoe with cracker tag.
Wisconsin

Sneaker designed to look like a mountain.
South Dakota
Adidas, Mari Orr

Sneaker decorated with wheat.
Oklahoma

Adidas, Jen Mussari

Sneaker embellished with fake roses and leaves.
Kentucky

Pink running shoe with lobster claw.
Maine

[h/t Adweek]

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