Ballet requires many of the same skills as basketball: balance, grace, an ability to change direction, and the strength to explode skyward. Its no surprise that strong ankles are key to success in ballet. The ballet slipper is tightly wrapped around the ankles every single time they are put on to strengthen the ankle and prevent injury.
WEST LAFAYETTE – Designed to reduce ankle injury in athletics while reducing the discomfort and bulkiness of typical ankle braces. Aesthetics and image drive the basketball shoe industry as much as performance. Grip addresses this issue. The form is minimal in amount of shoe covered (to appease the shoe fanatic), personalized through limitless color options (can fit the colors of any team), yet incredibly strong and adjustable to each user.
Loose Shoes Don’t Provide Support
Bad Support Leads to Ankle Injury
Ankle Injuries Keep You Sidelined
Braces are Bulky and Uncomfortable
Students are required to sketch in their journals and are expected to develop initial concepts for their chair designs. In their sketchbooks, students create physical and conceptual expressions of furniture seen on tour.
“My foot didn’t really feel that much more support”
Built by stitching the hard plastic inserts of a brace into a basketball shoe.
“Wow this one really locks my foot into place. I feel much more support.”
Built by stretching a soft ankle brace around the exterior of a basketball shoe.
Although Grip was originally designed from basketball shoes, it has potential to increase support in any athletic shoe with clearance under the arch. This includes all sports that use cleats.