The developments and designs in the modern trainer shoe have actually changed the way we run.
Modern shoes cushion the foot and provide exceptional support meaning that we can land much harder on our heels as opposed to the way in which running evolved, running on tiptoes.
Barefoot runners suffer less injuries from impact than those runners using trainers who land on their heels rather than the ball of their foot.
Has shoe design, pandering to the perceived needs of the runner missed the bigger picture and created problems by solving issues that were not there in the first place?
Of course, it’s easy to be critical from the outside and the addition of technical features is as much a marketing tool as it is a user benefit from a product like this but when the features of a product allow us to push physical boundaries in a way we have not evolved to – be this due to consumer or market led reasons, we need to ask some questions about where it is all leading.
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