Nowadays, you can go to a specialist shop, hop on a treadmill and have your running style analyzed to figure out which shoe fits your foot best. But what if we could get running shoes custom-created specifically for our feet? Well, soon we’ll be able to do that with 3D-printed running shoes.
Nike has announced a patent for a 3D shoe-printing process, while Adidas has unveiled a prototype with a 3D-printed midsole.
“Creating a flexible carbon copy of the person’s own footprint, matching exact contours and pressure points, will set the athlete up for the best running experience,” stated Adidas.
Today, specialists look at your running style and foot shape and then put you in a category of support, so the new running shoes isn’t totally tailor-made. With 3D printing, shoes can be customized to individual pressure points – depending on whether they make the whole unit and midsole with the 3D printing or just an inner sole.
Will 3D-printed running shoes reduce injuries? Yes and no. Your shoe posing a risk is only one of the possibilities. Many injuries come from muscular imbalances and weaknesses.