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Shoes specifically designed for stair running, which encourage a better footwork and impact absorption for the runners and minimize the injuries. 

Date 

Summer 2016

Type 

Product Design

Soft Goods

RUNNERS LOVE STAIRS

Stair running is gaining its popularity.

More and more athletes are participating in tower running competitions and using stairs for high-intensity training.

DIFFERENT TERRAIN,

DIFFERENT FOOTWORK.

The footwork and impacts when running up are totally different then running on the flat ground. 

 

Using standard running shoes for stair running can cause severe ankle and knee injuries.

 

however...

 

There are NO shoes designed for stair running

 

Footwork

Analysis

Tom was able to let me video record him running up and coming down from the stairs. I used the footage to study actual footwork.

Running Up

Stepping Down

Insights

Forefoot constantly receives impact when going up

The risk to roll the ankle is high without proper support

Heel receives lots of impact when coming down the stairs

Shoes cannot be too flexible, need proper support around mid foot

Nike air technology at heel for shock absorbtion

Carbon fiber mid-sole for support 

Stair motif + forefoot spring

Forefoot spring for energy return + big heel counter support

Sole with no middle since the pressure is primarily around forefoot and heel

Upper tighten by elastic band for comfort

Forefoot sole in woodpecker skull shape+ big heel counter for heel support

Woodpecker as inspiration for shock absorbtion

Final Design

Emphasize the stair motif

The Sole

The Upper