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Man Will Run The Boston Marathon In 3D Printed Flip Flops

3D printing promises to bring a lot of great things to the masses, but 3D printed flip-flops for the Boston Marathon is not something you’d expect to see.

Yet, Chris Bellamy, an engineer from Wiivv, will demo the company’s extremely customizable flip-flops by running 26.2 miles in them at the upcoming Boston Marathon.

This sping, Wiiv will launch a series of custom-built sandals, ones that are 3D printed exactly to the wearer’s foot.

To get your own pair, you will have to pick your favorite model, then use the Wiivv app (on iOS and Android) to measure your feet precisely. The app scans more than 200 points of your feet to create a perfect map, then sends that to 3D printing.

“We’ve reengineered every part of the traditional flip-flop to design the most comfortable, optimized sandal ever created, and I’ve had this marathon in the back of my mind through every decision we made,”  said the engineer who wants to walk more than a mile in these shoes.

How well they hold up and how much comfort they provide remains to be seen. Fortunately, you won’t have to wait too long. The Boston Marathon will be held the followin Monday, April 16, and the results will be shared with the #marathong hashtag.

If Chris Bellamy successfully demo-es the Wiiv sandals, this summer you could finally have a reason to stray from your old and reliable Birkenstocks or Chacos.

It would have been great to also see the Intel-powered smart shoes from Xiaomi but with summer just around the corner, 3D printed sandals it is!

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