JAPAN SPACE SNEAKERS ARE ULTRA-HIGH HEELS
Asics Corp. has teamed up with the Japanese space agency to create the sneakers and plans to donate a pair to Japanese astronaut Takao Doi, who will join a US space shuttle mission in late 2007.
The first samples, with a soft heel and flexible sole, weigh only 130 grams (4.6 ounces) each and incline slightly upward toward the toes.
They also include a gap dividing the big toe from the others, similar to traditional Japanese socks known as tabi which are often worn with sandals.
Asics launched the project with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency after a Russian cosmonaut visited Asics Chairman Kihachiro Onitsuka and complained that conventional sports shoes hurt his feet in space.
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