As any runner knows, breaking in new shoes can be a real pain. You may think you’ve got a well-fitted, comfy pair of shoes, but that first run in the rain or extreme heat can make you think again.
But all this could be about to change, thanks to a rather nifty idea from Reebok. They are introducing the U-Form +, featuring new, heatable, mouldable technology which makes this literally the hottest running shoe on the market, designed to shrink-to-fit using heat from your hairdryer.
The unique U-Form+ material is inside the shoe, starting in the mid-foot and wrapping around the heel.
You hold a hair dryer about 10cm away from the shoes (off your feet) for two minutes to heat them up, before putting them on and lacing them up tightly. A button on the heel of the shoes turns bright red when the trainers are at the correct temperature – so there should be little room for error.
The material is secured around the foot by the lacing system, so when it’s laced it locks down around your foot and heel.
It then moulds around your foot, supposedly giving a perfect fit and improving running performance.
Exclusive to InterSport , the Reebok U-Form+ are different from the original Reebok U-Forms, which needed to be put into a preheated oven at 93 degrees Celsius for three minutes, until the ‘U-Form’ tab turned red.
You then lace them up to your preferred tightness and wear them, while seated, for eight minutes.
As they cool they shrink round your feet, and in the sitting position they should give optimal support to your feet, ankles and leg muscles.
Available in both men and women’s sizes, the U-form trainers cost £100, and while some amateurs might balk at spending that on something you might accidentally set on fire, running enthusiasts seem to be willing to go to any length to get the perfect fit.
[Via Daily Mail]