NIKE Freeknit+

Abstract

About 70% of all runners get hurt within a twelve month period due to bad running technique, wrong equipment or anatomical anomalies. This leads to too much stress being put on their bodies which in turn results in injuries. To combat this I'm proposing a running shoe with a non-Newtonian clay that actively adapts to the athlete’s feet to correct for biomechanical issues, and a foot pod that actively analyses the athlete during running and provides live feedback on how to improve the running experience.

Inspiration and Method

The NIKE Freeknit+ utilises a non-Newtonian fluid in it's inner sole that actively adapts to the athlete’s feet to correct for biomechanical and anatomical issues. Non-Newtonian fluids are materials that are soft and formable in their resting condition, but hardens instantly upon impact in high acceleration. The shoes also take advantage of available sensor technology to actively analyse the athlete during running.

Result

The NIKE Freeknit+ measures the athlete’s biomechanics, making attractive lab quality data understandable and the trackable actionable, while offering a healthier stride with an actively adapting sole.

Thank you for making this possible:

Stefan Olander, NIKE
Peter Wedman, HelGjutet orthopaedic clinic
IFK Umeå's running club
Paco Lindoro
Johan Gustafsson
Jenny Holmsten
BFA13