I recently listened to a podcast talking in part about footwear in these terms, and postulating what might or might not work. There was also a discussion about the effect of cushioning, and energy returning midsoles. It seems to me this is missing the point somewhat, and maybe not in step with the direction the footwear research world is taking. So.. if not cushioning, what should we be looking at?
Nike has finally completed the circle by releasing its new React foam to the world, promising high cushioning and great rebound. Is this then end game.. have we finally cracked the nut? Nope.. not even close, and I have some real concerns with this trend which seems very market driven..
and more importantly, what should we be looking at, and what can we do about it?
Sometimes, just occasionally, I am still shocked by elements of the running community and how they absolutely will NOT accept science over their own opinion.
With the NBL finals coming up soon, much attention has been paid to what the stars will be wearing. And what they will be wearing is very different to past years, because the sole contour is rounded. I bet 5 years ago you would have told your clients this would be a problem, but that was NEVER the case!
There is always a lot of chatter about when a shoe should be exchanged for new, but does anyone really know when, and if you don't change, what are the implications?
On February 14th, 2013, adidas announced a new and apparently revolutionary midsole material called 'BOOST", comprising a new process developed by chemical giant BASF, in which thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is encapsulated to form thousands of tiny "energy capsules. It claimed massive improvements in "energy return" and rebound, but, do we really care?
It might not be exactly as you think.. or maybe even hope!! Read on...
In Part 2, Cregg tackles Hoka, NB, ON and Saucony..read on!
Cregg Weinmann is a running shoe journalist and expert, and here he runs (haha!) us through his thoughts on some brand new product, in 2 parts!
Many people hang their hat on the concept that loading rate of vertical ground reaction force peaks should define how you run or whether you will get injured. They don't and they won't! read on..
I know this seems a little out of character for me, but I think you need to be considering how you can use minimalist footwear to treat your patient!