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Shock-Absorbing Heels Promise the Comfort of Tennis Shoes

Shock-Absorbing Heels Promise the Comfort of Tennis Shoes
Design

Glamour without the sore feet courtesy of the spring-loaded YaCHAIKA heels

Jason Brick
  • 5 october 2015

Yasuyuki Yamada’s YaCHAIKA shoes marry the fashion of high heels with the comfort previously associated with a pair of tennis shoes by applying new mechanics to the standard design.

The shoes, still under development and which nabbed a James Dyson Award, use a pair of curved springs beneath the heels which dip up to three inches when the wearer places weight on them. Rubber shock absorbers on the bottom combine with the springs to pad the impact of each step, and to allow women to assume a more natural posture while wearing the shoes.

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