View Full Version : Segway meets Z-Coil Shoes

Florida Ever-Glides
07-28-2004, 08:59 AM
This morning on the front page of the business section in the Sarasota Herald Tribune is an article entitled "Spring Comes To Town". The first four paragraphs are as follows:

'If you happen to see Tom and Janey Jacobson scooting around downtown Sarasota, you'll notice two unusual things about them.

The first is that they're traveling on Segway Human Transporters- those 21st century, gyroscopic people movers that allow pedistrians to breeze along sweltering sidewalks without breaking a sweat.

The second is that they're probably wearing space-age, high-heeled sneakers or clogs made by an Alburquerque, N.M. based company called Z-Coil.

"We're often on our feet six hours a day," said Janey Jacobson, co-owner of Florida Ever-Glides Inc., which offers Segway tours of the city. "We were looking for something to make our feet more comfortable."'

The rest of the article went on to talk about the benefits of the Z-Coil shoes. We thought it was great that they tied the furtistic shoes together with futuristic transportation. Showing how they can work together for a more efficient,safe, and comfortable way to get around is the kind of cooperation that LLC should be looking for to bring a wider legitimacy to this 'new' idea of a more efficient pedistrian... Segway LLC are you seeing this great marketing opportunity? Go for it...

Tom Jacobson

07-28-2004, 04:10 PM
One of our other members swears by his, and I recently bought a pair. I like them, and wear them most of the time, not just when gliding. When going over bumps I just lean back and let the springs absorb the shock.

The shoes were originally designed for running, so the springs should last a long time. I was quoted $36 to replace both heels (& springs) when they do wear out - and I'd guess the rubber will wear out before the springs break.

Practicing safe Segs in Seattle

Florida Ever-Glides
07-28-2004, 05:25 PM
After over 6 months of daily use, I see no wear of the springs...

Tom Jacobson

07-28-2004, 09:43 PM
quote:Originally posted by X-man

I have heard that the springs need replacing up to 4 times a year...Not on my pair. Over a year and a half without replacing the heels. They are fantastic.

Now you do have to use a bit of super glue between the spring and rubber for a distance of about an inch every 3 or 4 months when it comes loose, but that's not the same as replacing the heels (at $35 a pair.)


07-28-2004, 10:09 PM
I've had a pair for four months now and I think my feet get more tired using the Z-Coil. After 4 hours of riding the Seg my feet are shot. I think my regular New Balance shoes tire my feet less.

They are a conversation piece as is the Seg but I'm not sure I am sold on the benefit of a $150 pair of shoes.

07-28-2004, 10:32 PM
I use a common foam fatigue pad and have no problems. Trimed to fit, I could get several pads for just a few bucks.

Are $ 150.00 spring loaded shoes really doing somethng special?

Karl Ian Sagal

07-28-2004, 11:06 PM
I have lower back and leg problems and I have been told to check out z-coil and today to try new balance. I have seen a pair of z-coil's and they look cool, but do they elevate you sorta more towards your toes? Back in 80-81 I had a pair of shoes that looked like rows of lincoln logs that were made of gum rubber. Man, were they comfortable. Just don't see anything like that anymore. They may have been some kind of Earth Brand shoe.

Seems like the New Balance fits better with the self balance theme of the Segway, tho. But yes, I do see a possible marketing nitch there.

"Wouldn't it be cool, if?...is like Folgers in my cup"

11-18-2004, 08:17 PM
I am a Z-CoiL consumer evangelist that helps independent dealers set-up blogs and online promotional activites.


Those of you that are Z-CoiL owners - can you write up a couple of paragraphs about your springy footwear experience for the dealer blog network? Please include photos (400X300), videos or audio clips.



11-22-2004, 03:23 PM
I bet if I had those shoes I could dunk. This reminds me of that Seinfeld episode.


11-22-2004, 03:53 PM
When I helped the Seattle dealer out at the Puyallup Fair in September, I heard alot about the "Jimmy Seinfeld episode".

So, I found it on the net and Blogged it.

I also blogged the new Blue Men Intel commerical where one of the blue headed guys puts oversized springs on his shoes.

11-23-2004, 01:27 AM
quote:Originally posted by digitalreporter

When I helped the Seattle dealer out at the Puyallup Fair in September, I heard alot about the "Jimmy Seinfeld episode".

I also blogged the new Blue Men Intel commerical where one of the blue headed guys puts oversized springs on his shoes.

Hugh thinks Jimmy is way cooler than the Blue dudes.