In a very interesting article in today’s NZZ about the “shoe revolution in athletics” and the progress being made in developing custom shoes for world-class athletes, we find some statements confirming that high-tech shoe development leads to drastic improvements in performance:

  • “The exchange with the athletes made it clear to the footwear developers that it does not make sense to offer a standard model for everyone. In designing the new shoes, it became clear that not everyone reacts in the same way. Some want a very hard sole, others a soft one, and athletes are always trying out new things.”
  • “The idea is to imitate the human foot, which consists of bones and tendons that create tension.”
  • “The shoe is another tool to train in a balanced way and avoid injuries.”

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(partially translated from original article in German in Neue Zürcher Zeitung Nr. 163, 243. Jg., 15.07.2022, page 12; https://www.nzz.ch/sport/karsten-warholm-an-der-leichtathletik-wm-in-neuem-high-tech-schuh-ld.1693155)