2022 GFD 🏆 Awards

Gold Winner | 160X3.0 | Xtep (China) Co., Ltd.

Xtep 160X3.0, a pair of professional racing shoes for marathon, is dedicated to Asian marathoners, which is designed based on their exercise habits and preferences, thereby boasting the main properties required by marathoners, such as light weight, the functions of releasing more kinetic energy and improving stability.

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Gold 🏆 Winner
Global Future Design Awards 2022

Product Design (Built)

Xtep (China) Co., Ltd.


Design Team
Zlong, Daniel, Jiansheng Luo



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Taking ergonomics as a premise, the design team analyzed the footwork during a marathon racing, and devised a propulsive-structured bionic carbon plate in the sole to facilitate the starting, which helps to store and release more kinetic energy especially at the start of the run or when the sole is under the pressure. Thereby, it fully utilizes the muscle energy when consumers exercise.

The insole of 160X3.0 is specially shaped according to marathoners’ feet, which gains full contact with the foot sole and reduces the angle of motion of the metatarsal-phalangeal joint, thereby improving the muscle strength effect. In order to reduce the physical burden for consumers during exercise, the insole is made of lightweight material – X-Dynamic FOAM PB, which minimizes the weight of shoes and maximizes the stability and comfort. The heel utilizes thickened foam with a fully wrapping effect, protecting the ankle in many ways.

Made of wear-resistant and non-slip CPU material, the sole can fully withstand the intensity of a marathon racing featured by long distance and duration, and also conquer the wet road, mud and other harsh conditions. The sole is decorated with the main visual pattern “X”, which is the initial of the brand name running throughout the series of products, thereby endowing the shoes with higher recognition. Additionally, the streamlined lines of the upper brim with senses of technology and dynamic, visualizing the integration of sports functions and technology.