Building on the last episode of ‘the fix’, this time I set my sights on a concept that is geared to create the most secure fit imaginable. Instead of the conventional way that laces tighten against the shoe’s upper to create lockdown, this design uses cables (not just a knock-off of Nike’s “dynamic flywire”) attached to the sides of the tongue. The laces tighten the cords, which feed through channels in the upper, pulling the tongue back around the foot.
The goal of these mechanics are to bring the foot tightly to the back of the shoe and create enough downward tension to reduce slippage. In theory, this will improve fit and maximize responsiveness. …Simple enough, right? It’s still a work in progress, but you gotta start somewhere.