Monday is the Boston Marathon, where 30,000+ runners will attempt to finish the grueling 26.2 miles. During the 2018 Boston Marathon, one man will attempt to run all of the 26.2 miles in flip-flops. This is not a misprint. One runner will attempt to finish the grueling feat of endurance in 3D-printed flip-flops. My feet hurt just typing that sentence.
Runner Chris Bellamy will attempt to complete the 2018 Boston Marathon in Wiivv flip-flops that are 3D-printed for his epic race. At first notion, you would imagine that Mr. Bellamy will suffer a myriad of callouses because he’ll be running in flip-flops. However, Wiivv will 3D-print flip-flops that fit Bellamy’s exact foot specifications through the company’s specific foot measurements on their smartphone app.
Bellamy attests that the flip-flops are “as comfortable and supportive as just about any athletic shoe.” This is a trial period for Wiivv and Bellamy, and a wider release will happen later this Spring.
“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 said. “We’ve re-engineered 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.” Good luck to Chris and we hope that he toes don’t get shredded over the 26 miles.