You shall go to the Olympics with these 3D-printed super shoes
I see the Duchess of Cambridge has selected her footwear for the London 2012 opening ceremony
She wishes. Not even Cinderella had pumps this fancy. These shoes are designed for athletes of the future, and because they’re 3D printed to fit exactly, they’re super light (96g).
Nah, gold’s heavier than that
They’re made of sintered nylon polymide powder, actually. And that means they’re light enough to improve the speed and accuracy of the wearer. The shoes’ designer, Luc Fusaro of the Royal College of Art, reckons they could increase a runner’s efficiency by up to 3.5 per cent.
That’ll make the Olympics exciting
Not this year, it won’t. The shoes are still very much at prototype stage. They’re being tested though, so keep your eyes peeled for a pair soon. Hopefully they’ll come in blue or something as well.