Athlete-Specific Performance Sprint Shoes

'Designed to win' is an exploration of materials, technologies and processes to design specific equipment that could potentially enhance sprinting performance. Scientific investigations have shown that tuning the mechanical properties of a sprint shoe to the physical abilities of an athlete can improve performance by up to 3.5%, when an improvement of 0.7% can already make a significant difference in a sprinter's chance of winning a particular race.Wearing custom-made shoes has thus a significant impact on performance, but it is still a privilege exclusively reserved to world class elite athletes. The current mass-manufacturing process only allows to produce shoes with standard mechanical properties and geometries. Using the opportunities offered by additive manufacturing and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) in particular, a project by Royal College of Art student Luc Fusaro opens up the possibility of whole new generation of athlete-specific footwear, proposing new models of production and consumption of sport equipment.