CU runner develops way to measure wear and tear on shoes

ShoeSense tells you when it's time for a new pair
Posted at 1:28 PM, Sep 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-06 15:28:06-04

BOULDER, Colo. -- As a member of the University of Colorado Boulder cross country team, Connor Winter got a new pair of shoes every month. But he says he saw some fellow runners push it too hard.

"I’ve seen lots of injuries and people who missed out on chances to be on championship teams because they wore their shoes too long," says Winter.

He figured there had to be a better way.  Not just for elite runners, but for recreational runners who want to stay in shape and avoid injury. So with the help of other runners, and a CU physiologist, Winter launched ShoeSense.  It's a pod that clips onto your shoe, and measures the wear and tear.

"What [the ShoeSense pod] is actually measuring is the breakdown of the foam, because the foam gives you support, it gives you cushioning, it really absorbs all that impact that your body is feeling as you're running," says Winter.

The user links the pod to an app, then enters information like their brand of shoes and weight.  After enough miles, the sensor will tell you it's time to get a new pair of shoes.  Most shoemakers give a broad estimate of 300 to 500 miles.

Winter and the ShoeSense team applied to be part of the University of Colorado's "Catalyze" accelerator program to help develop their invention.  ShoeSense was one of seven groups chosen for this summer's session, out of 40 that applied.  A spokesperson for Catalyze says groups receive mentors, grants and space to develop their ideas on campus.

To learn more, or to find out how to test the pod on your shoes,  visit ShoeSense online.



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