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Shear Reduction

Basketball Shoe


Li Ning (China) Sports Goods Co., Ltd., Beijing, China

In-house design

Bode Oluwa, Gilbert Lam, Jiang Yuan

Red Dot
The Shear Reduction shoe features an outsole which reduces the shear forces within the shoe. In intense sports, sudden force movements occur in combination with many fast fine-motor movements. Therefore, the footwear must react to the movements of the athlete to avoid injuries and optimise performance. The concept of the Shear Reduction shoe entails so-called copolymers, with spiralshaped lamellae, which can rotate up to 45 degrees as soon as the foot makes a rotary movement.

Statement by the jury

»With its sophisticated construction and specific material connections, the Shear Reduction shoe provides high stability and injury protection in the dynamic sport of basketball.«

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This product can be found in the
Red Dot Design Yearbook 2017/2018