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    Another member of the barefoot brigade..
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    "The 62-year-old former world champion told the Sydney Morning Herald Nike's high-tech Vaporfly shoe goes against the "spirit" of athletics.

    "The concept of running with springs on your feet is just ludicrous," de Castella said. "

    Right....springs on your feet....

    And please...the 'spirit of athletics' left the room decades ago.
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    Meanwhile...

    Amby Burfoot has an article out.....

    Any day now, World Athletics (WA) is expected to release the findings of its special working group investigating running-shoe regulations. In other words, should the Nike Vaporfly family and similar shoes be outlawed or restricted?

    Anticipation is so high that 10 days ago British newspapers published stories claiming to preview the outcome. The stories contradicted each other. Yes, new rules are coming. No, they aren’t.

    The issues are clearly complex, and any new rule won’t come easily.

    https://www.podiumrunner.com/a-new-r...n-maybe_179638
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    A final note: The word “banned” is often used in discussions around the WA review of shoe rules. However, the WA cannot universally stop a shoe company from producing and selling a shoe. It can only restrict elite athlete use of the shoe. Who’s an elite athlete? That’s relatively easy to define in the Olympics and World Championships, and relatively more difficult to decide in other events.
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    I haven't been following this thread that closely, so this thought may not be new. But Conor Dary's last post got me to thinking that a WA ban for elite competition may actually help Nike sell more shoes to the non-elites, who of course are far greater in number.
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    Burfoot piece is a must-read
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    this Kinda reminds me of another equipment issue in the early 70’s.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by tandfman View Post
    I haven't been following this thread that closely, so this thought may not be new. But Conor Dary's last post got me to thinking that a WA ban for elite competition may actually help Nike sell more shoes to the non-elites, who of course are far greater in number.
    Banning the shoe and Nike thumbing their nose and continue to sell the shoe would undermine what little credibility Coe and Co. have left.

    So perhaps a compromise that leaves the Vapor fly safe.
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    I think I missed this from October...

    Yes, Those Nike Shoes Are (Too?) Fast, But Should We Ban Them?

    Before we ban super shoes, we should also be considering if they could reduce injuries.

    “A lot of our test runners have said our prototype shoes make running easier and more enjoyable, and improve their recovery the next day,” White told me. “It might be that the foam and plate work together to improve how the foot functions as a lever. If we can bring this greater enjoyment to more runners, that would be very exciting.”

    https://www.podiumrunner.com/yes-tho...an-them_178824
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