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
Seven-time Boston Marathon winner Clarence Demar and others run in thin shoes that have crepe rubber soles and leather uppers.
Japan’s Shegeki Tanaki wins the Boston Marathon in a split-toe shoe with a big-toe section.
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.
First Nike Waffle Trainer released, two years after first Nike ‘Moon Shoe’ distributed to runners at Olympic Trials.
Adidas Micropacer features electronic pedometer stitched into the tongue. The first attempt to meld electronics with running shoes.
Vibram releases Fivefingers shoe, originally made for kayaking and other similar outdoor activities.
First Hoka One One maximally cushioned shoe released, a sign that the minimalist backlash isn’t far away.
And 30 years from now? One possibility: shoes made from protocells, or synthetic materials that have properties of organic matter, including self-repair.