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Interview with Thomas Lange

We talked to the rowing legend Dr. Thomas Lange on 02/23/2021 about the background story of the rowing shoes "Thomas Lange".

WITH BLACK TO GOLD.

THE STORY OF THE "THOMAS LANGE" ROWING SHOES.

Hello Dr. Lange, how is rowing these days?
 
Well, it's still in a bit of a winter sleep, but hopefully next week it will get going again.
 

We hope so too. So let's get straight to the first question:
 
How did the cooperation between you and JLSPORT come to be?


In 2017, I was looking for partners to improve the equipment of the Ratzerburger Rowing Club. At the regatta in Werder, I met Kerstin Schilling from rudershop.de (back then JLSPORT.DE). She approached me with a prototype of the JLSPORT rowing shoes, asking if I could make any suggestions for improvement.

And so that is how co-working started.
What did you think, when you heard about working on the development of a rowing shoe?
 

I thought it was a good idea, because I've always enjoyed testing new things in rowing. Also, I felt obliged to pass on my knowledge and experience to rowers through these shoes.

After a quick test, one of the things I detected was that the heels were too high, the strap was too deep, and the entry was still too tight. Then I suggested these changes, so that, for example, you don't bump into the tab when rolling forward.

Furthermore, I liked the idea of developing a high-quality shoe that more rowers and rowing clubs can afford. In the professional sector, this is certainly not a problem. Top athletes always have the best material and don't have to row in shoes that are extremely used. But that comes with a price. And that's why you see a lot more shoe models in popular sport that are too big, worn out or broken.

So I saw this shoe as an opportunity to help to improve the quality of rowing shoes in general.

We share the same goal. Do you row with the "Thomas Lange" rowing shoes yourself?

Yes, in some boats.


What do you particularly like about the shoes?

The fact that they turned out exactly as I had imagined them to. A rowing shoe for all rowers and requirements. Excellent fit. They are comfortable, do not pinch or chafe. They are wearable in the winter and don't get too hot in the summer. They give stability, but have the right flex in the right places. And they give you the boat control you need when rowing. Especially the last point is important in my opinion. You feel connected to the boat and quickly get a feeling for it.
 

Do you wish these shoes had been around when you started your rowing career?
 
Sura! I started out when there were no shoes in the boats. And if there were, they were too soft, perforated, or out of place. I also remember racing with broken soles. There simply was no comfort and optimal control. Therefore, I would have welcomed such rowing shoes with pleasure.


We are glad to hear that! One last question:
 To
which rowers and rowing clubs would you recommend the "Thomas Lange" shoes to?

All of them. Young to old. Big-footed and small-footed. From beginners to professionals. Especially if you attach importance to rowing with high-quality and suitable rowing shoes.
 

We totally agree. Thank you for this interview.

My pleasure.

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Interview with Thomas Lange

On 23.02.2021 we spoke with rowing legend Dr. Thomas Lange about the background story about the rowing shoes "Thomas Lange".

WITH BLACK TO GOLD.

THE HISTORY OF THE RUDERSCHUHE "THOMAS LANGE".

Hello Dr. Long, what does rowing do?
 
Hello. Well, it's still a bit in the winter stiffness, but next week it will hopefully start again.
 
We hope so, too. Then we also start directly with the first question:
How did the cooperation between you and JLSPORT come about?
 
In 2017, I was looking for partners in the rowing industry to improve the equipment of the Ratzerburg Rowing Club. At the regatta in Werder I met Kerstin Schilling from rudershop.de (at that time still JLSPORT.DE). She was also the one who approached me with a prototype of her JLSPORT rowing shoe, asking if I could record any suggestions for improvement with a felt-tip pen.

And that's how it happened.
What did you think when you heard about working on the development of a rowing shoe?

 

I thought that was good because I've always enjoyed trying things out when it comes to rowing. In addition, I simply felt called to pass on my knowledge and experience to rowers through the shoes.

After a short test, I notice, among other things, that the heels were too high, the tab too deep and the entry was still too narrow. Then I drew it in such a way that, for example, you don't hit the tab when rolling forward.  
 
 
Furthermore, I liked the idea of developing a high-quality shoe that more rowers and rowing clubs can afford. In the professional sector, this is certainly not a problem. Top athletes always have the best material and do not have to row in shoes that are extremely used. But that comes at a price. And that's why in popular sports you will encounter models that are too big, worn out or broken.
So I saw in this shoe the opportunity to do my part to improve the quality of rowing shoes in the boats in general.

That is also our goal. Do you row yourself with the "Thomas Lange" rowing shoes?

Yes, in some boats.

What do you particularly like about the shoes?
 
That they have become about exactly as I had imagined them. A rowing shoe for all rowers and requirements. Excellent fit. They are comfortable, do not press and scrub. They are drivable in winter and do not get too hot in summer. They give stability, but have the right flex in the right places. And they give you the boat control you need when rowing. In my opinion, the last point in particular is particularly important. You just feel directly connected to the boat and quickly get a feel for the thing.
 

 Would you wish this shoe had been around at the beginning of your rowing career?  
 
 
Sure! I started, there were no shoes in the boats. And if they were, they were too soft, perforated or out of place. I can also remember that I was already on regatta with broken soles. There could be no question of comfort and optimal control. Therefore, I would of course have accepted such Ruderschuhe with joy.

We are happy to hear that! Finally, the question: 
To which rowers and rowing clubs would you recommend the TL shoes?
 
All. Young to old. Large and small feet. From beginner to professional. Especially if you attach importance to rowing with high-quality and suitable rowing shoes.
 
Of course, we would sign that immediately. Thank you for the interview.
 
Again and again.

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Interview with Thomas Lange

On 23.02.2021 we spoke with rowing legend Dr. Thomas Lange about the background story about the rowing shoes "Thomas Lange".

WITH BLACK TO GOLD.

THE HISTORY OF THE RUDERSCHUHE "THOMAS LANGE".

Hello Dr. Long, what does rowing do?
 
Hello. Well, it's still a bit in the winter stiffness, but next week it will hopefully start again.
 
We hope so, too. Then we also start directly with the first question:
How did the cooperation between you and JLSPORT come about?
 
In 2017, I was looking for partners in the rowing industry to improve the equipment of the Ratzerburg Rowing Club. At the regatta in Werder I met Kerstin Schilling from rudershop.de (at that time still JLSPORT.DE). She was also the one who approached me with a prototype of her JLSPORT rowing shoe, asking if I could record any suggestions for improvement with a felt-tip pen.

And that's how it happened.
What did you think when you heard about working on the development of a rowing shoe?

 

I thought that was good because I've always enjoyed trying things out when it comes to rowing. In addition, I simply felt called to pass on my knowledge and experience to rowers through the shoes.

After a short test, I notice, among other things, that the heels were too high, the tab too deep and the entry was still too narrow. Then I drew it in such a way that, for example, you don't hit the tab when rolling forward.  
 
 
Furthermore, I liked the idea of developing a high-quality shoe that more rowers and rowing clubs can afford. In the professional sector, this is certainly not a problem. Top athletes always have the best material and do not have to row in shoes that are extremely used. But that comes at a price. And that's why in popular sports you will encounter models that are too big, worn out or broken.
So I saw in this shoe the opportunity to do my part to improve the quality of rowing shoes in the boats in general.

That is also our goal. Do you row yourself with the "Thomas Lange" rowing shoes?

Yes, in some boats.

What do you particularly like about the shoes?
 
That they have become about exactly as I had imagined them. A rowing shoe for all rowers and requirements. Excellent fit. They are comfortable, do not press and scrub. They are drivable in winter and do not get too hot in summer. They give stability, but have the right flex in the right places. And they give you the boat control you need when rowing. In my opinion, the last point in particular is particularly important. You just feel directly connected to the boat and quickly get a feel for the thing.
 

 Would you wish this shoe had been around at the beginning of your rowing career?  
 
 
Sure! I started, there were no shoes in the boats. And if they were, they were too soft, perforated or out of place. I can also remember that I was already on regatta with broken soles. There could be no question of comfort and optimal control. Therefore, I would of course have accepted such Ruderschuhe with joy.

We are happy to hear that! Finally, the question: 
To which rowers and rowing clubs would you recommend the TL shoes?
 
All. Young to old. Large and small feet. From beginner to professional. Especially if you attach importance to rowing with high-quality and suitable rowing shoes.
 
Of course, we would sign that immediately. Thank you for the interview.
 
Again and again.

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