In a sport like luge, shoes play an important role. This piece of equipment is also known as the bootie. These are lightweight and have aerodynamic features. The ideal weight of the shoes is 3.9 ounces (each). The outer portion has a smooth layering, whereas the bottom has an anti-slip rubber coating. These are designed to be light in weight as the slider has to hold his / her leg up in the air while sliding.
The tracks built for luge have several turns. Athletes must cross all these turns combating the 'G' forces without any support for the legs. The sliders often wear training booties with a treaded surface in the bottom to manoeuvre easily on slippery surfaces.
The governing body of luge, the International Luge Federation, has stated the below-mentioned specifications for the shoes:
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