Boston Marathon Runner Will Be Wearing 3D-Printed Flip-Flops

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  1. rgMekanic

    rgMekanic [H]ard|News Staff Member

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    Footwear engineer Chris Bellamy will take on the Boston Marathon this Monday wearing a pair of 3D-printed flip-flops. The flip-flops are made by a company called Wiivv (pronounced weave :rolleyes: ) that is preparing to launch a full line of custom built sandals this spring. The sandals use an app for iOS or Android to measure 200 points on your feet to create a contour map to then 3D-print the sandals from.

    While this may be the strangest news I've posted this week, watching someone try to run a 26 mile marathon in a pair of $130+ 3D-printed flip-flops may be just the hilarity my Mondays usually need.

    “We spent many sleepless nights driving fairly radical innovations in design and materials, and optimizing for biomechanics and comfort. So I am not worried at all about going the full 26.2 miles,” Bellamy says in a press release announcing his Boston Marathon run. “We’ve reengineered every part of the traditional flip-flop to design the most comfortable, optimized sandal ever created, and I’ve had this marathon in the back of my mind through every decision we made,” he added.
     
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    msshammy n00b

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  3. Krazy925

    Krazy925 2[H]4U

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    I thought $50-$60 rainbows were insane.

    Thanks for the laugh.
     
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  4. WhoMe

    WhoMe Gawd

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    When they fall off he can claim he's really a bare foot runner and this was intended.
     
  5. Mega6

    Mega6 [H]ard|Gawd

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    My $50 Vans HiTops are fine thanks anyways.
     
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    DoggyDaddi Gawd

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    Shouldn't that read "Boston Marathon Runner"...? Or is my OCD setting off a false alarm?
     
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    Nukester [H]ard|Gawd

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    Good luck with those feet when you get older.
     
  8. B00nie

    B00nie [H]ardness Supreme

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    Hmm that boob VR video with the 3D printed shoes? Freudian slip? Thinking about 3D printing something else *uhum* measured for size? :D
     
  9. BHenry

    BHenry Limp Gawd

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    Hopefully they tested these out on some shorter runs first because that sounds like it is going to suck.