Very thoughtful, science-based post about running shoes. All kinds of claims are made about various types of running shoes, but there is so little science to support these claims. We definitely need better research.

Here is an article I wrote for the online magazine Performance. It’s a brief overview of the limited amount of research there actually is linking shoes to (the prevention/recovery of) injuries. Reading the (limited) research really does get you wondering how manufacturers are able to make their billions selling a unsupported story.

Shoes come in all shapes and sizes, designed for many different activities. Design may be led by market preference, fashion and/or ‘science’. Because of the marketing strategies used in sport and sport products, running shoes have attracted ample claims to support their design and effectiveness. But how much data is there…really?

The word on the street

Seemingly scientific claims determine the marketing, sale, and even clinical prescription of trainers. Manufacturers and sales assistants could probably be forgiven; after all, they are working in a commercial environment. However, many podiatrists, osteopaths, and physiotherapists also recommend specific types of…

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