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Running shoe company to sue over shoe ban

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by NewsBot, Jun 4, 2007.

  1. NewsBot

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    North Jersey.com are reporting:
    Sneaker maker files suit over ban on its shoes
    Sunday, April 29, 2007
     
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    This was posted on the BIOMECH-L list by James Carruthers:
     
  4. mahtay2000

    mahtay2000 Banya Bagus Makan Man

    I was thinking that this is the same result (more expensive/expansive) as putting in a simple 100% memory cushioning plain insole, a la PPT or something firmer.
    Does anyone think my teacup is showing signs of a hurricane?
    Cheers
    Mahtay
     
  5. Cameron

    Cameron Well-Known Member

    This is a very interesting case. Springs in shoes are not new by any means and have cropped up in history over the centuries. Shoes or sandals were considered by the ancients as an unfare advantage in the original Olympic Games, so banning footwear in not new, either.

    However if the runners' testimonials, that Spira shoes effectively dampen shock during extreme events such as marathion running on hard surfaces, (and this is supported by invitro tests), then should it ever be shown the spring shoes have the potential to reduce the effects of osteoarthosis on the weightbearing joints, governing bodies which prevent athletes from taking all reasonable precautions against risk of damage could open themself to greater liabilites.

    Meantime the action of the International Association of Athletic Federations(IAAF) and USA Track and Field (USATF) by banning their runners from competing in shoes with springs, sends a clear message to runners there is an advantage in wearing these shoes. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot?

    However I would say, as I caution all athletes, the benefits from foot orthoses accumulate with the lead up to individual competition events. Not always necessary therefore to wear the foot orthoses on the day. Hence training in spring shoes would seems perfectly sensible to me.

    What say you?


    toeslayer
     
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    Update

    Press Release:
    "Banned" Running Shoe Spira Gaining Strides Among Elite Runners
    "Banned" Running Shoe Spira Is Gaining Popularity Among Elite Runners As Athletes Wearing The Shoes With Springs Sweep Top Five Men's and Top Two Women's Spots In Sunday's Detroit Free Press Marathon
     
  7. Boots n all

    Boots n all Well-Known Member

    "Still, without elite athletes, it's tougher to market the shoe..."

    Who needs the elite athletes to market your product with marketing like this, a law suit, as it is seeming the product gives an unfair advantage to the wearer, l think we will see more of this product.
     
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    Press Release:
    Spira Footwear Scores at Detroit Marathon
     
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    Press release:
    World Record Breaks at Spira "Defy the Ban" 10K
     
  10. I don't like the idea of allowing springs in shoes for competitive races, since it could give an unfair advantage to the runner. However, if people want to train in the shoe to prevent injury, or run farther/faster during training without injury, then there should be no problem with that. If we allow springs in shoes, then what is next, compressed C02 cannisters embedded in shoes to boost the runner forward during propulsion??
     
  11. admin

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    LetsRun.com have been following the controversy:
    Spira Shoes Update: The Unbanned Banned Shoe
    by: Weldon Johnson
    March 6, 2008
    Full story
     
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2008
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    The above was from 2007; Spira now have a new range of spring loaded casual shoes:
    Spira unveils new shoe with spring technology
     
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