When parachute jumping, I was instructed to keep the ankles pressed together and bend the knees slightly.
Easier said than done.
Many parachutists, especially in the armed forces, do damage to their legs on impact with the ground.
Today’s invention aims to lessen that effect. Parachutists would hop to the door of their aircraft in a single, tightly-fitted overboot which would encase both feet and have quick release clasps…like ski bindings.
This would help to spread the force of impact, as would the sole, a slab of springy material, such as motorcyclists use in back protectors.