GOLETA, Calif., July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Teva®, a leading action outdoor brand and division of Deckers Outdoor Corporation (NASDAQGS: DECK), announced today the launch of the TevaSphere collection designed to meet the performance needs of the outdoor athlete. With a first-of-its-kind spherical heel and pod-arch system, the TevaSphere technology delivers a more natural point of impact, efficient transition and superior stability on varied terrain. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/teva-defies-convention-by-changing-the-shoe-instead-of-the-stride-161869995.html "Teva has been providing innovative footwear for the outdoors since pioneering the sport-sandal category almost thirty years ago," said Teva Brand President Joel Heath. "We are, once again, putting our stake in the ground; with TevaSphere we are delivering a technology-based solution that addresses the shortcomings of both minimalist and over-supportive athletic shoes." Participation in non-traditional outdoor sports such as adventure racing, obstacle courses and mud runs is steadily on the rise. In an effort to meet the demands of this growing group of consumers, Teva spent more than four years developing the TevaSphere technology that solves a real problem for outdoor athletes who face a diverse range of terrain and obstacles in their outdoor pursuits. The brand's product and design team collaborated with leading sports science and human performance institute P3 (Peak Performance Project) to create the first outdoor cross-trainer offering a spherical heel and pod-based arch support system. P3 proved through extensive testing that the spherical heel lowers the user's point of contact with terrain for a more natural point of impact and more efficient transition. The pod-arch system provides specific support only where needed, offering phenomenal stability without restricting freedom of movement or adding unnecessary weight to the shoe. "We took our testing beyond the traditional flat environments of a lab and developed a way to test both uphill and downhill movements, mimicking the various terrains of the outdoors," said Geoffrey Gray, Doctor of Physical Therapy at P3. "Our extensive data showed that the TevaSphere represents the best combination of performance and stability of any hiking, walking or running shoe we tested." The TevaSphere design stands in stark contrast to bulkier, squared-off heels and over-cushioned insoles of other athletic shoes. It also addresses the poor support found in "minimalist" footwear that encourages consumers to change their stride to adapt.