|In 1913 the New York Times hinted that shoewatches|
could be the next big thing.
But a little marketing here, a little advertising there, some important newspaper stories or radio broadcasts, or a celebrity endorsement and who knows -- we might all be wearing shoewatches.
Fortunately, a marketing campaign for shoewatches never emerged. Instead, watch companies touted the day to day practical benefits of wristwatches, benefits that had been proven in war.
But when you think about it, shoewatches might not have been a bad idea. Shoewatches would have given us decades to practice walking with our heads down -- far in advance of the time when smartphones made us do that.