Taisto Maki was the first man to set a World Record by cracking the 30 minute barrier in the 10,000 meter run. Though difficult to see, if you look closely you’ll notice the shoes he is wearing are typical of spikes from the first half of the twentieth century - and even earlier, back to the mid 19th century. In that era, the shoes were made from chromed leather and featured 4 to 6 permanent spikes, which could be up to 3/4" (nearly 20 millimeters!).
You know that some things are a pretty good idea. Light, stable, fast, what’s not to like? If Puma had stayed this course, things could have been different.
Here is a blast from the past as we enter the Invitational portion of the 2015 track season. For your consideration we present the 2000 version of the Puma Harambee.
The history of the spiked track shoes, stretches back to the latter half of the nineteenth century. Several brands featured shoes with spikes through their soles to give traction on the dirt and cinder running tracks that dotted the stadia and schools of Europe and North America, and to a lesser extent, other regions which they influenced.