Friday, 16th October 2009
Running shoes 'custom built in Japan'
A recent trip to Japan in order to have running shoes custom built is about to come to fruition for one American athlete.
Marathon runner Ryan Hall was taken to Kobe, where apparel maker ASICS has its research and development centre.
A total of seven experts from the company then measured every dimension of his feet and legs - including their flexibility, strength and impact.
Over a two-day process that required Hall to run on an indoor track, they determined the unique characteristics that would make the shoes a perfect fit.
"It has been a life-long dream of Hall's to get his own custom shoes and he was amazed at the in-depth process that went into creating them," the company asserts.
Hall is now due to road-test the running shoes in their first official outing at the upcoming 2009 New York Marathon.
The event is also a chance to see some of Japan's own runners take to the New York Streets, including Yuri Kano in the women's event.
Written by Graham McPherson