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When a shoe that looks like this enters your eyesight, you cannot help but be intrigued by it. I may be no shoe expert, but I have seen enough in my life to confidently say I have never seen a shoe like this before.
Before I get into how the shoes impacted my running, let me have the Ampla Sport company explain their shoes first.
The first thing you’ll notice about these shoes is they look broken. Is that a piece of tread hanging from the shoe? Did it fall off during the run? While those are a few questions I had, let’s clear it up. That is a carbon fiber plate with tread surrounding it. Here is an explanation from their website on why these shoes are designed the way they are.
The principle that force can be reapplied and moved back into the direction you are running – that is the basis on which the AMPLAFly was created. The form and structure of the AMPLAFly allows for strike force to be dispersed through the cushion of the shoe, gathered in the carbon fiber plate, then capitalizing on that force, propels you forward into your next step. Force is your friend.
While the design may look odd and like a company is trying to reinvent the wheel, this is not the case. This shoe was designed by a Harvard trained sports scientist named Dr. Marcus Elliott. Dr. Elliott has utilized advanced technologies to capture more than 30,000 hours of athlete data over the last eight years. So when it comes to the design of these shoes, you can be assured that they have been designed by someone who has put in the time to know how to build a successful shoe.
As you run, you will notice landing on the carbon fiber plate provides you with a bit of a bounce as you move forward. At least that was my experience. Don’t mistake these for the famous shoes in Seinfeld, they will not allow you to jump any higher than you normally would. Just give a slight push off the ground.
It should be noted that there is very little cushion on the front of the shoe however a good amount of cushion towards the heel. Again the lack of cushion towards the front of the shoe is as a result of the plate. The back of the shoe felt like it had a normal amount of cushion that any traditional shoe would have.
The shoe is a bit heavier than most shoes, and that is due to the carbon fiber plate. They aren’t so heavy where it feels like you a running slower, but understand that it was my experience that with the addition of the plate means an addition of a little more weight.
Trying new shoes like this can be tricky. With the change in design it could potentially impact how your legs feel during and after runs. And I can say that in total I had little to no effects in these shoes. No pains or different soreness that I wouldn’t normally feel during running. At the same time I did feel these shoes were propelling me forward a bit more than my traditional shoe, a welcomed change.
I will admit these shoes are not for everyone. If I was a newer runner I probably would not go out and buy these. And the primary reason is you should get comfortable with your running style before you mess around with changes to the traditional shoe design. However these shoes are perfect for that runner who is looking to make a change to their running routine.
Overall I did enjoy running in these shoes and would recommend them to anyone looking to make a change in their running performance. They have been designed by people who are well educated and experienced in this field, as a result any runner will benefit from the knowledge that has been put into these shoes. I would suggest you give these shoes try. You can find a pair for yourself on their website. Not sure you want to make that commitment? The Ampla company offers a 30 day, no questions asked, return policy. Showing they are truly committed to their customers.