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Running Shoes to Fit Your Cycle… No, Your Other Cycle

Posted Feb 11 2010 12:08pm

Once again proving that running shoe companies employ the most creative people on the planet except when it comes to designing a shoe that lasts longerAsics gives us – wellsome of us – the Gel-Kayano 16 for women. It’s a shoe thatuhI’ll let the London Daily Mail explain:

Designers have come up with a running shoe for women which adapts shape to suit their hormone levels.

The trainers – available in whitegold and black – capitalise on research showing that changes in levels of oestrogen affect flexibility and the height of the foot’s arch.

When oestrogen is highand a woman is at her most fertilethe arch drops. Later in the monthwhen she is menstruatinglevels of the hormone are low but her arch is raised.

To take advantage of thisAsics’ scientists created trainers with three layers of cushioning below the arch. Closest to the foot is a layer of foamfollowed by an air-filled gap and a plastic block.

When the woman’s arch is lowthe foam is compressed into the gap and when her arch is high the foam fills outensuring her feet are supported whatever the time of the month.

This could really catch on. For one thingAsics could apply the technology to its line of sports bras. I can also imagine an entire line of men’s apparel that adjusts to a woman’s cycle. What man hasn’t wished for a layer of foaman air-filled gap and a plastic block during certain times of the month? The extra cushioning would expand each time you approach her.

Even betterwe now have brand-new sexual innuendoes: “I saw him from across the room and my arches dropped” or “She said she wasn’t interested but I caught her flatfooted.”


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