30 Jun '16, 7pm

Michael Johnson told us about his forgotten Nike sneaker and those gold spikes:

Michael Johnson told us about his forgotten Nike sneaker and those gold spikes:

When you did the gold track spike, did you know it was going to be that color? No, it wasn’t gold at all in the beginning. It wasn’t about the color, it was about the actual shoe. I had been wearing a spike plate—and this was almost 1996—that was made back in 1984. Shoes had advanced, but I was wearing it because I liked it so much because it was lighter. It worked with my foot a lot better than what Nike was currently making. So they came to me and were like, “Look, we want to make what you want, so tell us what you want. We’ll just start from scratch.” That was music to my ears. We started on the process about a year and a half before the 1996 Olympics. The idea was to make a shoe that was revolutionary, because I wanted something really lightweight and something with amazing support. I wanted it to work with my foot and the way my foot interacts with the track. I wanted...

Full article: http://uk.complex.com/sneakers/2016/06/michael-johnson-ni...

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