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The world of prosthetics among disabled athletics has entered in interesting time as Nike announce their involvement with the development of Nike Sole. While controversy surrounded South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius‘s alleged unfair advantage due to the use of his Cheetah Flex-Foot carbon fiber blades, there exists a community of elite athletes who would benefit from Nike’s innovation.
The development of the Nike Sole was developed with world champion triathlete Sarah Reinertsen and prosthetic manufacturer Össur. According to Nike Innovation Director, “The Nike Sole is a shining example of our passion and commitment to serve athletes and provide them the solutions they need to achieve their goals – we’re always listening to the voice of every athlete.”
The construction of the Nike Sole is a three-part process including an outsole, midsole and “thermal plastic urethane called Aeroply, made of recycled Nike Air Bag units, serving as moderator between Nike Sole and the Össur Flex-Run’s carbon fiber blade.” The sole is locked down thanks to nine nylon plastic tabs for a secure fit and provide confidence in movement and performance. More information on the Nike Sole can be seen here.