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A Look at High-Tech Shoes

Newly developed technologies are changing the capabilities of sneakers and athletic shoes. Sneakers these days are not only more comfortable, but they’re better engineered to fit specific needs. There’s also smart shoe technology capable of measuring your workouts, your body’s heart rate and much more from inside your shoe. In a few more years, it may be standard for all sneakers and athletic shoes to have chips inside to record and analyze all of your physical data. Here are a few of the newest and top buzzed about high-tech shoes to take a look at.

  1. Under Armour – UA’s Gemini 2 sneaker is the first of their line to contain smart technology. The sneakers are able to store data about your workout and send it to your smartphone or your computer. They market it as “Connected Fitness” and sell a more traditional wristband and smart scale to go with their shoes. Everything is interconnected and is supposed to keep you on track for your fitness goals.
  2. Enko (Running Shoes) – This shoe may not have smart technology embedded inside the sole, but it’s one of the most technologically advanced shoes available on the market. You choose your sneaker by size but also by body weight range. This means that someone who is lighter will be wearing a different size than someone who is heavier. The amount of shock the springs in the shoe absorbs change based on your weight. (You can also interchange springs if your weight shifts or you want more or less shock absorbed.) This technology is supposed to make running smoother due to the optimal absorption per stride.
  3. Digitsole – Digitsole is a company that exclusively makes smart shoes. They have applied their technology to loafers and high heels, but the capabilities are very limited. Their sneakers however, can light your path, tie its own laces, warm your feet, measure shock absorption, and track your steps.

If you have any questions about whether or not smart shoes are appropriate for your needs, ask Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center. Dr. Wilhelm has been treating patients for over eighteen years in the Centreville, VA area and has a wide variety of expertise on how to best treat and care for your feet and ankles. Call us at 703-996-3000 or make an appointment here.

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