Put on your thinking cap. wrote:
that's why the rules need to be changed to something along the lines of , "No one can compete in a shoes that hasn't been out on the market for XX amount of time (3 months, 6 months etc)."
Besides the bad grammar and terrible punctuation, that would be a completely ridiculous rule.
Actually, that is THE solution. That's why Rojo is in charge of Let's Run and the rest of us are not.
Let's say such a rule is instituted, a show has to be available to the general public for three months before it's legal to race in. I like it. It sounds clear at first . But it raises questions on examination.
One is how do you test prototypes? Not every new model makes it into production occasionally maybe because it did very badly in actual races. I had a prototype racing shoe from Brooks that they were thinking of producing but that many of us using it had major blister problems with. If I understand this correctly, rather than make a few dozen of these shoes and give them to a handful of people to test in races, they'd need to have produced a whole line of them and have them in shops three months before anyone the shoes worked for (and there were a few that it did) could have won a major race or set a record in. Releasing a whole line of really bad shoes that almost no one will buy is going to be a major financial hit for the company. Prototypes are useful.
Another question is what you do about customizing a shoe. Kawauchi races in the Aspics Sortie Magic. That shoe has been on the market, though not in the US, for a long time. So it should be okay. But he has them custom made. You cannot buy the exact shoe he races in anywhere. Could he no longer race in them under this proposed rule? And if he can, what prevents a company from "customizing" a shoe it markets for an individual runner or small number of runners legally to the point where it's very different from the marketed version as long as the name remains the same as the marketed version?