980 TATOU - sport shoe for Le Parkour

Gold
2010

980 TATOU is a shoe for the urban sport Le Parkour, an activity with the aim of moving from one point to another as efficiently and quickly as possible by using only the abilities of your body to overcome obstacles, like concrete walls, balustrades and rocks.  In most cases, people who do Le Parkour often have to use shoes designed for other purposes like running, skating, etc., but when used for Le Parkour, those shoes have to face quite different circumstances, resulting in the shoes wearing out very quickly.    The structure of the 980 TATOU responds to the unique movements performed in the sport, and its several detachable parts as well as its new lacing system allow for easy exchange, washing and customization of the shoe itself.

"A novel, practical and poetic solution to the specific needs of this exciting, balletic, sport. We were impressed by the level of research and the way in which it was beautifully applied. It made me want to jump off buildings!"  --Hugo Eccles, Studio Conran

Contact: Annika Lüber: a.lueber@googlemail.com

Credit: Annika Lüber of University of Applied Science - Schwäbisch Gmünd (Germany)

 

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