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The Controversy Behind Nike’s Vaporfly Running Shoe, Explained | WSJ

Nike’s Vaporfly shoes have become a popular choice for both elite and amateur runners. But the shoes may soon be banned in professional competitions if World Athletics, the world governing body of track and field, decides they offer an unfair advantage. Photo/Video: Alexander Hotz/The Wall Street Journal

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    It's not about the shoes.. it's about how hard you train..

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    well the answer seems to be simple just put everyone in the vapor flies it would be fair also be really good for my hometown shoe company Nike

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    8:10 the man can wear a Nike on the right and Adidas on the left for proper testing

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    this isnt even the shoe they want to ban smh, the "banned" ones had the zoom air units in the forefoot.

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    Lol 😂

    Why don’t you allow all the athletes to use the shoes to see whether it’s True or not!!

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    Do they make a basketball version of this shoe? Need some extra bounce for my 12 inch vertical…

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    Instead of complaining about it, just get a pair lol

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    Then just have everyone run barefoot

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    anyone can buy these shoes tho? sounds like a pretty level playing field to me. saying it is patented doesn't mean much, another manufacturer could design a similar shoe without breaking the patent, the materials are run of the mill foams and carbon fiber.

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    What did both runners have in common? They are black.

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    So Nike is truly being turned haram

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    Lets be honest who cares about running?

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    Athletes should run barefooted then, or if you cannot beat them, join them.

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    Just ban shoes in sports, problem solved! And to really push equality, ban clothes! 😉

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    Cars are faster because tires are built better and last for many miles

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    I bought them for my morning runs. They fell like they push you forward. Worth 150.00 if you ask me

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    Shoes are just a tool, like a tennis racket, they fit each person differently and the materials and design allows for better performance in the sport. To compare it to doping is stupid.
    Every shoe is different, every shoe has advantages and disadvantages, but it isn't the shoe doing the running, it's the person, the only way to make the sport a 'level playing field' would be for everyone to run barefooted removing shoes from the equation. But that'll never happen.

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    We can’t stop innovation…. just wear the new shoes

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    So its just an advanced shoe? There's literally no advantage other than it being lightweight and having good cushion haha

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    Give Kipchoge the normal shoes and give the other dude on a treadmill the Nike shoes and see who arrives at the finish line faster.

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    Nike did not patent the technology to my knowledge. Other shoe makers are able to and have put carbon fiber plates in their shoes (ex. Hoka Carbon X). In addition, Rhonex Kipruto just smashed the world 10k world record in Adidas.

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    As a runner, I love the idea of this shoe and other innovations in the industry! If the carbon fiber plate helps prevent my knees from falling apart when I get older, I’m on board. Let the market dictate it and allow them into running competitions, which will force other manufacturers to think outside the box to continue taking shoe technology to the next level. Running is hard work and it’s hard on the body long term, maybe better designs will make it easier for non-runners to give the sport a shot.

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    These should just be the standard shoe

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    Runners taking themselves too seriously. LOL just put on the shoes and run baby!!

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    If you want fair and aware race just give them the same shoes

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    gente insegura, todo es publicidad para que las masas quieran comprar ese tenis

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    it's just the advancement of technology, just look at the exercise machines, gear and technology athletes use nowadays. Sports will always be subject to change.

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    Brilliant marketing by Nike

    Now I want a vapor fly even though I'm not an athlete
    Who else wants one after this video

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    How about make everyone wear the same shoes on Olympic?

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    This may be an odd opinion but I think it would be hilarious and amazing to have a league where they just allow all types of performance enhancement technology and drugs.

    Could you imagine how entertaining that would be!? Just a bunch of steroid-up runners in shark skin shoes breaking records 😂

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    So stupid, other companies need to stop bitching and step up, and runners who feel that its an unfair advantage need to find better gear “ shoes “.

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