THE EVO­LU­TION OF THE RUN­NING SHOE

We’ve come a long way from crepe rub­ber soles. With fast-mov­ing tech­nol­ogy, the run­ning shoe con­tin­ues to evolve

Runner's World (UK) - - RW Shoe Guide -

1920

Seven-time Bos­ton Marathon win­ner Clarence Demar and oth­ers run in thin shoes that have crepe rub­ber soles and leather up­pers.

1951

Ja­pan’s Shegeki Tanaki wins the Bos­ton Marathon in a split-toe shoe with a big-toe sec­tion.

1960

New Bal­ance Track­ster is one of the first mass-pro­duced run­ning shoes, if not the first. Deep rip­ples in the sole are de­signed to help pre­vent shin splints.

1974

First Nike Waf­fle Trainer re­leased, two years after first Nike ‘Moon Shoe’ dis­trib­uted to run­ners at Olympic Tri­als.

1986

Adi­das Mi­cropacer fea­tures elec­tronic pe­dome­ter stitched into the tongue. The first at­tempt to meld elec­tron­ics with run­ning shoes.

2005

Vi­bram re­leases Fivefingers shoe, orig­i­nally made for kayak­ing and other sim­i­lar out­door ac­tiv­i­ties.

2009

First Hoka One One max­i­mally cush­ioned shoe re­leased, a sign that the min­i­mal­ist back­lash isn’t far away.

2046

And 30 years from now? One pos­si­bil­ity: shoes made from pro­to­cells, or syn­thetic ma­te­ri­als that have prop­er­ties of or­ganic mat­ter, in­clud­ing self-re­pair.

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