Christian Freschi, a precision mechanical engineer and a running enthusiast, was not able to run anymore, due to back problems (a degenerative disc disease associated to an herniated disk).
Since 1987, Christian Freschi was leading an aeronautical company.
Thus, he had an industrial tool for the design of mechanical parts thanks to his job.
As he could not find a pair of shoes with enough cushioning to limit his pain, he decided to use his engineering skills to create a shoe that will allow him to get back into running.
Before allowing the greatest number to enjoy the shoe of his dreams, it took Christian Freschi 12 years of researches and tests, to develop a product that works properly and provides all the guarantees to users.
The challenge was to find a way to put all the mechanical components into the sole of the shoe, while making sure it was still a comfortable shoe respecting runner's natural stride.
Christian Freschi started his work inside the barn of his south of France farm, based near Toulouse.
All his free time was dedicated to his project.
In 2008, Christian Freschi got good results and he filed a first patent in France, to try his cushioning system on other people than himself. In addition, he worked with health professionals.
In 2014, he filed a second international patent.
No other manufacturer did what he did. Some tried to develop a mechanical cushioning system without succeeding .
Christian Freschi continued his researches until the Enko G4.1 (the 4th product generation) was born. These shoes allowed his designer to run again without pain.
Due to its innovative and highly technological characteristics, the ENKO running shoe has been awarded several times since its launch.
In January 2016, ENKO got an award at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronic Show, in the "Fitness, Sports and Biotech" category. This event is the world's most popular tradeshow for technological innovation in consumer electronics. The ENKO running shoe was one of the 200 best innovations of the year 2016.
A few months earlier, it got an "Observeur du design" award.
Since December 2017, ENKO is "French Fab" approuved.