Imagine running 26.2 miles in flip flops. Then imagine running this year’s rainy, windy Boston Marathon in the same flimsy shoes most of us reserve for the beach. Yet this is what Cambridge graduate Chris Bellamy did this year, crossing the line in 2:59:36.
Despite being the worst weather in Boston Marathon’s 121 year history, Bellamy decided to swap the cushioned long distance shoes many runners prefer for flip flops he designed and made himself.
As the Lead Engineer at Canadian Wiivv Wearables, that designs custom-fit sandals and insoles using technology you send them from your phone, Bellamy put the shoes through their paces over 26.2 miles as a test.
Telling ITV news: “During our Kickstarter campaign, I made the bet that if we raised over $500,000, I would run a marathon in the sandal. Much to my surprise we blew through that target, and during the last year of design and engineering I knew that every decision I made would be under my feet during the marathon!
“For a lot of footwear engineers it is a dream to design a shoe and run a marathon in them. I seem to have stumbled into this dream, just in a rather unconventional way!”
He added that the shoes definitely passed his rigorous product testing, although we think we’ll take his word for it.