1968

What happened with running shoes in 1968?
Just prior to the 1968 Mexico Olympics, Puma release a new spiked running shoe (the ‘Brush Spikes’) that threatened Adidas’s dominance. Adidas paid a lot of money to get them banned.
A pair of the shoes were featured on the TV show, Pawn Stars

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The Puma ‘brush spikes’ with 68 spikes

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The Tiger Corsair was released. In 1972, it became the Nike Cortez after the partnership between Nike and Onitsuka Tiger finished.

Amy Burfoot wins the 1968 Boston Marathon in 2:22:17 wearing the Onitsuka Tiger Marathon,

What else happened in 1968?
The Vietnam War continues.
The 1968 Winter Olympics are held from February 6–18 in Grenoble, France.
On April 4 Martin Luther King Jr. is shot dead at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
On July 13 Influenza A virus subtype H3N2 first recorded in Hong Kong at the beginning of the 1968 flu pandemic.
The BBC television sitcom Dad’s Army is broadcast for the first time in the UK on July 31.
The Mexico Olympic Games are held October 12–27 in Mexico City.

The Nobel Prize in Medicine is awarded to Robert W. Holley, Har Gobind Khorana and Marshall W. Nirenberg for their work on describing the structure of transfer RNA, linking DNA and protein synthesis.

Books on Running Shoes:

Athletic Footwear and Orthoses in Sports MedicineThe Science of FootwearBiomechanics of Sports ShoesTread LightlyShoe Dog
Athletic Footwear and Orthoses in Sports MedicineThe Science of FootwearBiomechanics of Sports ShoesTread LightlyShoe Dog
kicksologyAthletic Footwear The Comprehensive GuideWhich running shoes are for me?: A 10-step guide to evaluating any shoeThe Complete Handbook of Athletic FootwearThe Running Shoe Book
Kicksology: The Hype, Science, Culture & Cool of Running ShoesAthletic Footwear: The Comprehensive GuideWhich running shoes are for me?: A 10-step guide to evaluating any shoeThe Complete Handbook of Athletic FootwearThe Running Shoe Book
All about distance running shoesFaster Stronger Higher! How shoe brands create innovative footwear technology: Sport Science for the next Super AthletesSneaker Wars: The Enemy Brothers Who Founded Adidas and Puma and the Family Feud That Forever Changed the Business of Sportsbiomechanics of running shoessecond edition of footwear manufacture
All About Distance Running ShoesFaster Stronger Higher! How shoe brands create innovative footwear technology: Sport Science for the next Super AthletesSneaker Wars: The Enemy Brothers Who Founded Adidas and Puma and the Family Feud That Forever Changed the Business of SportsBiomechanics of Running ShoesHandbook of Footwear Design and Manufacture
Running shoe design for runners with overpronation of footNike: Better is TemporaryHow to Spot Fake SneakersRunning with Purpose: How Brooks Outpaced Goliath Competitors to Lead the Pac
Running shoe design for runners with overpronation of footNike: Better is TemporaryHow to Spot Fake SneakersSoled OutRunning with Purpose: How Brooks Outpaced Goliath Competitors to Lead the Pack

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