Monday, August 20, 2012
On Running Shoes
Back in 2008, I wrote a post, A New Type of Running Shoe: Glide'n Lock about an innovative idea for a running shoe based on a system called the Glide'n Lock running system. Like a lot of new and creative ideas, I thought it might disappear or die-off due to lack of interest, financing, or simply that it just might not work. It seems that this glide'n lock idea has persisted and that the shoe is not being sold world-wide under the name of On Running Shoes.
It seems like On Running Shoes sponsors a lot of triathletes as opposed to runners. If you watched the London Olympic men's' triathlon maybe you were blown away by the speeds of the top 3 finishers (first and third were the Brownlee brothers from England). Lurking in the background behind the top three were a couple of other runners trying to run themselves onto the Olympic podium. The eventual fourth place finisher, David Hauss from France, ran the 10k portion of the race in a time of 29:53 wearing a pair of On shoes. There are a lot of other sponsored triathletes, probably the most interesting to me is that one of the big-four triathletes from the 1980s, Scott Molina, says he is back running and enjoying the shoes. The only pure runner mentioned is marathoner Tegla Loroupe, the two time New York City Marathon champion.
It will be interesting hearing reports on how this shoe works for runners as it uses an unique technology on the sole. There is a lot of information on their website for those who are interested.