When it comes to running and track shoes, you could be forgiven for thinking that the only innovations left to be carried out have to do with increasing comfort and decreasing weight, but the Speed EVO R shows that there are still plenty of functional improvements that can be implemented.
Developed by high-end track shoe company HOKA, the Speed EVO R is a shoe that takes into account the fact that running tracks loop round and require athletes to turn left as they run around the track. This shoe's spikes feature an asymmetrical orientation that takes into account the fact that runners spend more than half of a race turning left, and this is something that is reflected in the placement and shape of the spikes.
Considering that track runners who run distances greater than 100 meters spend a good chunk of any given race turning left, the Speed EVO R is a shoe that quite literally represents a turning point in running shoe science.
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