Charles Palmer

Charles Palmer

Product Design Engineering BSc

Adaptable Running Shoe

Bridging the gap between barefoot and traditional running

The emergence of minimal and barefoot running has highlighted the importance biomechanical performance and harnessing our natural ability to run. For years the market was stagnant with traditional shoes but recent changes in the market and growing wellbeing trends have revealed a space for a new dynamic, biomimetic running shoe that can reinvigorate the experience of running. The project aims to bridge the gap between barefoot running and the comfort of traditional running allowing runners and other sports to benefit from the biomechanics of the human body and the protection of the traditional shoe from modern day hazards. By using materials and design, the project has made it possible to create a shoe which will deform in a similar way to the human foot when load is applied through the gait cycle.