INNOVATION    Locking shank mechanism enables stiffness while cycling for efficient power transfer, but flexibility while walking for comfort. Upper left sketch is a concept for easy-in easy-out system of attaching shoes to pedals with interlocking nubs.

OPPORTUNITY    Make a cycling shoe as comfortable off the bike as on – so commuters only need one shoe for their whole day.

INSPIRATION    The increasing popularity of bike commuting, and of shoes that can go from a bike to a boardroom to a bar.