Is one of your New Years Resolutions
… to get into shape?
… start running?
… walk more?
|The WaveSpring® Technology
We are convinced that the WaveSpring® technology has the potential to revolutionize the footwear industry, and in the process, forever change the purpose and function of footwear. Unlike traditional coil or conical springs, the WaveSpring is laterally stable, compact and lightweight. As a result, we have developed a remarkable energy return technology for footwear. According to a biomechanical study conducted by the Shoe Lab at Michigan State University in 2001, our springs return an astounding 87-96% of energy otherwise lost to the ground. The highest energy return score of any shoe every tested. Accordingly, our shoes allow people to participate in physical activity for longer periods of time with far less stress on the body. Recovery time following vigorous activity is greatly reduced. What’s more, because our midsole system is mechanical, it never breaks down. As Popular Mechanics concluded in a recent footwear technology review, “Unlike rubber and polymers, the springs have an almost infinite fatigue life. The shoe will fall apart before the spring performance degrades.” Perhaps most exciting is the fact that we can put the technology in almost any type of footwear. While we presently produce lines of walking and running shoes, we have plans to introduce casual men’s dress, basketball, and sandals in the near future.
My husband has always enjoyed running, but it does a number on his knees and back. As my 13 year old has become interested in running, my husband decided to pick up his running shoes and give it a try again. Fortunately for us, Spira Footwear had recently contacted me to review a pair of their shoes.
We were sent a pair of Odyssey Running shoes. Here is some information on them from the website:
A well cushioned training shoe that provides excellent forefoot and heel cushioning. The patented WaveSpring® technology is located in both the heel and forefoot for maximum impact absorption and energy return that will not break down over the life of the shoe. The mid-foot is supported by a molded external shank support structure to aid in torsional stability.
A mid to high mileage training shoe for the serious runner looking for a performance shoe that provides excellent long term cushioning front and rear combined with a high level of responsiveness.
For runners who are looking for maximum full length cushioning that provides exceptional protection against impact shock and fatigue.
The WaveSpring® cushioning system in the forefoot and heel provide maximum energy efficiency in conjunction with a high level of cushioning that is very responsive for running. The WaveSprings are low profile, light-weight, and are made of stainless steel to resist rust.
New semi-curved training last with proven fit characteristics.
Strobel lasted construction with EVA sock for additional comfort and durability.
Breathable air mesh top vamp combined with a non-stretch support mesh in the lower vamp provides maximum comfort and fit. A molded TPU heel counter offers increased fit and support. The Spira® logo and heel accents are made of reflected material for safety.
The 5mm molded EVA foot-bed/insole can be removed to accommodate orthotics.
High abrasion rubber at heel strike increases durability. A 3-pod construction process in the forefoot includes flex grooves for quick transition and flexibility through the gait cycle.
A single WaveSpring® in the heel and a dual WaveSpring® configuration in the forefoot, are surrounded by compression molded EVA for superior shock absorption and fatigue reduction. A built in arch shank offers added torsional stability and support.
After unboxing them be both remarked that they were a nice looking shoe. It was lightweight with breathable material to help keep his feet cool. He put them on and mentioned that they felt nice and he couldn’t wait to try them out.
So… on to the test. You see, my husband and son decided to go ahead and sign up for a 10k here at the end of January. This is a very brave action for my husband, as he usually didn’t run much over 2 miles because of pain. He developed a training program online and has been following it for the past several weeks while wearing the Spira Odyssey running shoes.
His first run with the new shoes had him a little confused. His right foot was sore after his run which was completely unexpected. After talking we decided he had that particular shoe tied a bit too tight. His next run he decided to adjust the tightness and give them another shot. He was very pleased with this particular run and found the shoes to be very comfortable, light, breathable and he commented that he really couldn’t feel that they are on his feet.
I am pleased and proud to say that he has worked his way up to 5 miles while wearing these shoes and he even commented after that run that he felt like he could have kept going! He has been relatively pain free (only the expected soreness etc. from a new workout) since wearing his Odysseys while training and is now talking about working his way up to a half marathon and then a marathon! We both thank Spira Footwear for giving this element of his life back to him.
You can purchase a pair of mens Spira Odyssey running shoes for $114.95
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