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(Pocket-lint) – Gait-Tech might not be a company you’ve heard of until now, but if you’re someone who likes to walk in high heels, it’s definitely a company to check out on your radar .
At CES 2023, the Italian company unveiled what it claims is the first integrated insole solution for high heels to detect discomfort and prevent injury.
Interested? We were too, so we checked out heels with this technology at the Las Vegas show. Here’s what we learned and how the sole is designed to perform.
How does the Gait-Tech insole solution work?
The Gait-Tech biomechanical device is built into the insole of high heels at the manufacturing stage and is designed to “increase the comfort of high-heeled shoes”.
According to the company, the solution is based on 30 years of research and works by “redistributing pressure to the foot’s metatarsal bladder to provide a healthier, more stable gait when the foot is vertical in plantar flexion.”
By cushioning the impact, the heels using this solution should be more comfortable without compromising the design thanks to its hidden in the sole.
What shoes is the Gait-Tech Integrated Insole Solution used in?
The Gait-Tech integrated sole made its debut at CES 2023 in shoes designed by Italian shoe designer Diego Dolcini, who has previously worked with brands including Gucci, Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana and Ermenegildo Zegna.
There was a pump with the technology inside, as well as a strappy shoe in a patent black and a patent blush. Hopefully this is just the start of this potentially game-changing device.
Gait-Tech’s technology could, in theory, be placed in any shoe, whether it’s from Zara or Christian Louboutin, we were told. But since it is implemented at the manufacturing stage, the company must of course be involved from the design stage, because it is not a solution that can be adapted.
So that means if you already own a pair of Louboutins that you love, adding Gait-Tech’s solution to them won’t make them any more comfortable. The only way to experience this technology at the moment is in heels designed by Diego Dolcini.
Does the Gait-Tech insole solution work?
We tried a pair of Diego Dolcini gaiters equipped with the Gait-Tech solution at CES 2023, and we won’t lie, we were pleasantly surprised by how comfortable they were.
This solution could really be a game-changer for heel lovers. Looking at the finished pair of heels, you might not know they are equipped with insole technology, but when you put them on, you feel the comfort and cushioning.
The feeling is a bit like wearing Scholl’s Party Feet, but because the technology is built into the sole, it doesn’t move at all and reacts better to your foot as you walk.
While you may still experience some discomfort after wearing pairs of shoes with straps for a long time, where the straps cross the foot, we definitely noticed a noticeable difference as soon as we put the shoe on compared to other heels that we have. When we walked, nothing twisted us and there was very little pressure on the soles of our feet.
We’d love to see how we felt after an hour or two to really measure the impact of Gait-Tech’s solution, but perhaps more importantly, we’d have been more than happy to continue wearing those strappy shoes in the meantime to find out.
We’ll have to wait and see how Gait-Tech’s technology is adopted to find out what impact it might have on heel enthusiasts, but this is a very promising step in finding a solution to make great shoes just as great to wear as they look.
Written by Britta O’Boyle.