Check Out These Running Shoes With A Crazy Built-In Shock-Absorbing Spring System
Heck, I've spent a lot of time thinking seriously about those toed-shoes ever since I read Christopher McDougall's Born to Run a few years back.
At first glance, I assumed the Enko's Inspector Gadget-looking shoes were some sort of crazy scheme to help the wearer run faster or jump higher. In reality, the purpose of the the metal suspension system is slightly more mundane, but ultimately a lot more useful for regular runners
Designed by marathoner Christian Freschi and his team, the structure is designed to serve as an extension of the sole, absorbing shock, stabilizing the runner, and adding a little spring to their step using the momentum of impact. The rep I spoke with assured me that the shoes would also help correct my tendency to pronate while runningThe shoes are available now for a pricey $390. Interestingly, buyers are asked to specify their weight upon purchase, so the company can outfit the shoes with the proper shock system. You guys promise not to laugh if you see me running down the street in a pair of these, right? Right