Michael Jackson Patented 'anti-gravity' Shoes Following Famous Lean Dance

For the video of his 1987 single "Smooth Criminal," pop sensation Michael Jackson devised a dance routine. He leaned forward 45 degrees, apparently defying gravity, and completely blew our minds. (In reality, the effect was achieved by wires.)
But Jackson wanted to recreate the same dance move in live performances on tour. So, along with two co-inventors, Jackson developed a special shoe. In 1993, Jackson and his co-inventors were granted a U.S. patent for the shoe and its magical heel. The "magic" worked perfectly until September 1996 when, during a concert in Moscow, one of the heels came loose from its peg. Michael went flying, but not in a good way. The result was a hasty reworking of the patented design.



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