Industrial Design Project
2 weeks long
How might we re-design the notoriously uncomfortable ski boot while keeping its performance good enough for racing?
It takes real strength to get back into those boots after lunch break...
When my Human Factors teacher asked us to re-design a shoe, I knew immediately what I was going to focus on. As part of the SU Ski Racing Club, I know too well the struggles of my fellow skiers.
Three main pain points emerged after some interviews and surveys with racers: It's a struggle getting boots on, walking is ski boots is always uncomfortable, and racers want performance over comfort and warmth.
Part of my inspiration came from the Apex 2-Part Boot, and especially the reviews of that boot from professional skiers.
Please find my full research on my pdf portfolio (link below).
Problems arise around the heel and the ankle when trying to fit a foot inside a ski boot
Heel gets stuck here. This is painful and also create a sense of claustrophobia.
The idea of the two-part boot invites a completely different movement. The foot slides in the front, and the calf slips into the leg of the boot by opening up the plastic flaps. Not forcing and no pain
The Two-Part Racing Ski Boot
Soft Case Boot with hard sole acts as a comfortable, separate shoe when removed from the hard case. Thus makes it easier to walk when not skiing. The laces make sure the boot is a snug fit.
The Hard Shell has the characteristics of a racing ski book, but opens up on the top of the foot for easier and quicker release.