Shoes specifically designed for stair running, which encourage a better footwork and impact absorption for the runners and minimize the injuries.
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.
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.
There are NO shoes designed for stair running
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.
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
Emphasize the stair motif