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Christian and Jacqueline Freschi :
The passion of Running and Innovation

In 2014, Christian Freschi and Jacqueline Pommier-Freschi founded the ENKO company. However, the Enko running shoes story began ten years before that.

A taste for innovation

Since 1987, Christian Freschi was leading an aeronautical company. This precision mechanical engineer was also a running enthusiast.
He had an industrial tool for the design of mechanical parts thanks to his job.
"I worked with all these technical tools to conceive a mechanical cushioning system able to go beyond what other running brands were offering, in terms of shock absorption. From the start, I kept secret my desire to make other runners enjoy the result of my work." says Christian Freschi.

"I wanted to conceive a mechanical cushioning system able to go beyond what other running brands were offering in terms of shock absorption..."

Creative and persistent

Before stating to sell his "dream shoes", Christian Freschi spent 10 years developing a product that works properly.
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 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.

Christian Freschi spent 10 years developing a product that works properly.

A Recognized and rewarded know-how

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.

ENKO was awarded at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronic Show, and its shoes are part of the 200 innovations of the year.
  • 2004 Christian Freschi starts his researches and tests
  • 2008 Creation of the first ENKO running shoes prototype
  • Janvier 2014 Christian and Jacqueline Freschi create the ENKO company (SAS ENKO)
  • Janvier 2015 Start of the commercialization of the ENKO running Shoes
  • Février-mars 2015 Indiegogo crowd funding operation
  • Novembre 2015 ENKO gets a « Coup de Pousse » award
  • Décembre 2015 ENKO is awarded at the "Etoiles de l'Observeur du Design"
  • Janvier 2016 ENKO is awarded a CES award in the "Fitness, Sports and Biotech" category
  • Décembre 2017 ENKO gets the "French Fab" label