With their wide, springy gait, ostriches can reach speeds of 40mph (70 km/h), covering up to 16ft (5 metres) in a single stride.
As a child, Keahi Seymour was fascinated by what appeared to be the effortless speed and agility of these creatures, making them the fastest running birds on the planet.
Now the San Francisco-based inventor has created a prototype gadget that he claims will allow humans to experience what it’s like to reach these incredible speeds.
Dubbed the ‘Bionic Boot’, the shoes have springs on the back designed to imitate the Achilles tendon of an ostrich or kangaroo, giving the wearer more down force when running.
Mr Seymour has been working on the boots for several years, and has already produced dozens of prototypes.
Last month, he took his Bionic Boots to the Maker Faire in New York to demonstrate its capabilities.
In its current form, the device can reach speeds of up to 25 mph (40 km/h) – or the same speed as a slow-moving car.