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UK Gear’s training shoes were originally designed in association with the Royal Army Physical Training Corps (RAPTC). These elite fitness professionals were closely involved in the development and tested our products in some of the most inhospitable conditions on Earth. Only when approved by the Military do we consider our products... Built to survive.

Rugby Observer - Footwear firm's shoes go distance

>>27 September 2010

A Wolston sports fotwear firm's innovative hard-wearing running shoes are a world first.

Years of research has proven UK Gear's new PT-1000 shoes can withstand 1,000 miles of running - equivalent to 38 marathons - before wearing out.
The shoes are the first in the world to be able to manage 1,000 miles, with experts recommending runners usually change footwear after around 350 miles. They have already been snapped up by the Army who will now use the £95 shoes as part of troops' rigorous fitness training regimes.
UK Gear, based in Wolston since 1993, developed the PT-1000 after eight years of research alongside the Army Physical Training Corps (APTC). The company has even described the technology behind the shoes as classified.

Company owner David Hinde said: "The PT-1000 is the result of our long-term strategy to build the world's most durable and sustainable running shoe - without compromising on performance or comfort. Our unique and long lasting relationship with the British Army has been our inspiration and has allowed us to test our products to withstand some of the harshest conditions in the world by some of the most demanding athletes in the country."

APTC head LT. Col. Nick Challinor said: "Our instructors are responsible for the physical development of all our soldiers so are serious about their fitness and uncompromising on the standard of equipment they use. The PT-1000 as rigorously tested by 40 of our instructors who ran thousands of miles in prototypes. The PT-1000 has earned the right to bear the British Army's famous crossed swords insignia."

The PT-1000 is now available for members of the public to buy for £95. A pair can be bought online at www.ukgear.com.