Vimazi introduced its first collection of pace-tuned running shoes at the 2022 TRE show in Austin, TX last week. Each of the ten shoe models is engineered to perform within specific pace zones— a “first of its kind.”

The company uses “patent-pending technology, backed by physics, to deliver optimized cushioning on impact and maximized propulsion efficiency during push-off for every runner.”

Based in Portland, OR, Vimazi was founded by running industry veterans and lifelong marathon runners, Scott Tucker and John Zilly. The pace-tuned concept came from “Tucker’s prediction that running shoes tuned by pace would be much more efficient because vastly different forces are generated at different paces and shoes needed to react accordingly. After working for two years on the math and physics involved in their technology, Vimazi pulled a team of researchers together to test the theory of pace-tuned shoe tech. Results from their study aligned exactly with the physics-based predictions about cushioning and performance in running shoes,” said the company.

According to the research, the company said “running forces differ by pace and, importantly, between heel and forefoot. Knowing that impact forces are much different than propulsion forces, Vimazi specifically tunes each midsole with a proprietary midsole tech, a FastPod. The forefoot FastPod in each shoe has been engineered to respond to the propulsion phase of a runner’s stride. In the heel, Vimazi midsoles have been tuned to respond to the specific impact force runners generate within the designated pace zone. Vimazi found that tuning shoes by pace zone and between heel and forefoot result in ideal cushioning while simultaneously maximizing propulsion efficiency.”

“We were ecstatic to introduce Vimazi to the running industry last week during TRE. This has been years in the making, and we were blown away by the response at the show,” says Scott Tucker, Vimazi co-founder and CEO. “Our shoes change the paradigm from the one-size-fits-all super shoe to specific pace-tuned models that work best for each individual. We can’t wait to get more shoes on runners’ feet.” 

The first six models, from the Z20 (4:30-5:30 min/mile) to the Z70 (10-12:30 min/mile), will be available in early 2023. Viamzi also introduced an additional road model, two trail running shoes and a walking shoe at the show—available late 2023. 

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