Wondering about the best shoes to wear for spring running?
Neutral? Minimalist? Stability? Motion control? Cushioned heel?
Confused? Of course you are. Well, sports medicine specialists have good news. Stop worrying about fallen arches, overpronation, and putting your feet on a paleolithic regimen.
The latest thinking about how to choose the best running shoe is to let comfort be your guide.
"Assigning shoes based on the shape of the plantar foot surface had little influence on injuries."
Since the 1970s, running shoes have evolved from puny slabs of rubber sewn to canvas shells into engineering feats rivaling 3-D-printed surveillance drones.
In the somewhat-less-distant future are Google Bluetooth-enabled shoes that talk to you and tell you how your run is going.
For now, runners have a hard enough time picking from hundreds of mute, inorganic options.
"Historically, the push has always been to look at foot pronation," says Bryan Heiderscheit, a professor in the department of biomedical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Runners were told to wear shoes that would correct for the foot's tendency to roll inward or outward, on the theory that this would correct biomechanical flaws and prevent injuries to the knees and lower back.
"But the best studies that have been done in the last 10 years," says Heiderscheit, "have not substantiated that claim."
In 2010, the American Journal of Sports Medicine published a study of 1,400 Marine Corps recruits. Half the group was given shoes based on a careful evaluation of the shape of their feet. The control group's shoes were chosen randomly.
"Assigning shoes based on the shape of the plantar foot surface," the authors concluded, "had little influence on injuries."
When Heiderscheit tries to explain this to members of the running-shoe industry, he gets "pushback."
Not surprising, he says, considering that the $20 billion athletic-shoe market sustains itself on innovation. Most companies release new models twice a year, offering features designed to improve performance and prevent injury.
The idea that almost any shoe is fine if it's comfortable is also apt to meet resistance from runners for whom theory has become dogma. Believers in barefoot running or minimalist shoes, for instance, are unlikely to be convinced.
Both are fine, says Heiderscheit, as long as recent converts do not make the switch too abruptly.
Speaking from personal experience, Heiderscheit says, it is easy to get injured if you decide to toss your cushiony sneakers and immediately start racking up miles in a pair of barely-theres.
It can take months to adapt, he says. He recommends exercises to strengthen muscles in the calf and foot and using the minimalist shoes for short, easy runs at first.
"You should feel so comfortable in a shoe that you could sleep in them," says Jon Woo, a sports medicine specialist at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Experts say that just as everyone's feet are unique, so are their running styles. "There is no absolute biomechanical ideal," says Heiderscheit.
One of the world's fastest marathoners, Pescah Jeptoo, has a knock-kneed gait that has carried her through 26.2 miles in a blazing two hours, 20 minutes, and 14 seconds.
"You don't want to bounce too much. You don't want to overstride. And the one thing we absolutely don't want people to do is a hard heel strike — truly coming down on your heel with your foot pointed high in air."
A lightweight, breathable shoe with some support and cushioning. Online reviews of the shoe range from "I got huge blisters" to "Perfect!"
If this proves anything, experts says, it is that the one true authority on which shoes are best is the runner who wears them.
"That sounds about right," Danielle Tolbert says.
Nine days before her first time tackling Philadelphia's Broad Street Run, Tolbert, a 37-year-old trade specialist, went to Philadelphia Runner to buy a new pair of running shoes.
Before pulling out shoes for Tolbert to try on, the saleswoman, Liz Foster, asked her to take a walk so she could evaluate her gait.
Foster, who is a serious runner herself, agrees that comfort is the overriding factor. But she rejects the notion that shoes do not prevent injuries.
"Anecdotally, I've seen a lot of injuries from bad shoes," she says. Runners who come to her complaining of knee and ankle pain get the proper shoes and return six months later feeling better.
For 10 weeks, Tolbert had been training for the race Energy Boosts, which she'd bought online after getting recommendations from fellow members of her running group, Black Girls Run.
But then her ankles started hurting.
After trying on half a dozen brands and styles and testing them on the store's treadmill, Tolbert chose a pair of MBT Shoes Sneaker White.
"I bought them," Tolbert says, "because they felt the most comfortable."
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On a recent Monday morning in Portland, Oregon—that walkable mecca routinely voted one of the country's most livable cities, and also home of the North American headquarters for Nike and Adidas—I found myself mesmerized by the feet of passersby. We look to our shoes not just to bring us from place to place but also to telegraph our identity. They're a little like cars in that sense, except we can buy a whole lot more of them, so we can change that identity from one day to the next. But despite the varying looks of shoes, the basics of making them haven't changed much. Until now.
Since pretty much the dawn of the Industrial Age, shoes have been made like this: pieces of leather and other materials cut and sewn together in what's called the "upper," then glued to a hard sole. Despite the machine element, much is still done by hand, with skilled workers needed to put the shoes together; materials are often sourced from different places, with shoes shipped back and forth several times before completion. But two years ago, in the lead-up to the London Olympics, Nike and Adidas released their first knitted running shoes: Flyknit for Nike, Primeknit for Adidas. Each sneaker's upper is machine-woven from a single piece of fused yarn. Less waste, less labor, and a cool new look.
"We felt that the industry was moving in a certain direction, and we wanted to be at the forefront of that," says co-founder Ryan Goldston, explaining the decision to commit research and development to a knitted upper. "With other materials, you're forced into a position where it's dictating what you can do. With this, you can efficiently create something all from one material, on one machine, and you can be much more creative with it—it's definitely lifestyle, and it works for basketball, training, tennis, soccer, running. It can hold up performance-wise across different disciplines. That's the most exciting part about it." And all of APL's shoes, he adds, are stylish enough to be carried at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Though it began with a patent war, the technology of the knitted shoe is quickly going mainstream. It's the story of innovation: any time something can be done better—and better and cheaper, with less waste—others will pick up on it. "In the very beginning phases, we had knitting as something that was on the forefront, but it has to be something that is eventually universal," Carnes of says. "It will be the best way to make shoes for our planet, because it has to be."
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The Goldilocks running shoe—not too big, not too small—is gaining ground.
For four decades, the shoes worn by the vast majority of recreational runners shared the same silhouette: a chunky, cushioned heel tapering to a low, narrow toe. Five years ago, the best-selling book "Born to Run" jolted the running world by questioning whether runners should be wearing shoes at all. That spurred a wave of barefoot and barely-shod runners.
Now, many runners and running experts are moving to a middle ground between the two extremes with an aim to reduce injuries. They are choosing shoes with more leveled-off soles and flexibility to foster a more natural running stride, but that also have enough cushioning to cope with the reality of hard pavement.
More than 54 million Americans went running at least once last year, an increase of 32% in five years, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. Nearly 30 million people ran 50 times or more. Research shows about half of runners will suffer some sort of injury in a given year, says Reed Ferber, director of the Running Injury Clinic at University of Calgary, in Canada.
Every design innovation to try to reduce injury rates can have a big impact in the $3.1 billion running-shoe industry.
The American College of Sports Medicine, an organization of 20,000 sports-medicine and exercise-science professionals world-wide, this spring released its most comprehensive consumer guide to selecting running shoes. It recommends shoes with a heel-to-toe height differential, or drop, of no more than 6 millimeters, or about a quarter of an inch. Traditional running shoes typically have a heel 12 to 16 millimeters higher than the toe.
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Suffering from panic attacks and finding out she was obese was enough to make Nadia Levi take the steps to tackle her lifelong battle with her weight and, after losing almost 3 stones, she's now confident enough to help others do the same.
Nadia, 30, a beauty therapy lecturer from Burgess Hill was devastated when she stepped onto a computer fitness game and it told her she was obese.
She said:"I'd always battled with my weight and been the larger one of my friends but I never realised I could be classed as obese.
"I was mortified and knew I had to make a change."
Driving to work with a colleague one day, Nadia spotted a banner for her local Slimming World group and together they decided to join that week.
Slimming World holds weekly meetings in which over 500000 members attend weekly to support one another in the company's unique Food Optimising plan in their mission to lose weight.
Taking the step to join the group was a scary prospect for Nadia and really didn't know what to expect, but once she was there she realised her fears were irrational and says she couldn't have lost the weight without the support from her fellow members.
Attending group helped Nadia pick up some healthy recipe ideas and for the first time in her life, she was able to cook up her meals from scratch rather than having ready meals or take-away's.
She said: "I love having my friends round for dinner and cooking them meals like spaghetti bolognese, curries or my personal favourite, cheese and bacon burgers with chips and coleslaw.
"They are always so surprised with the amount of food I put on their plates and can't quite understand how I managed to lose so much weight eating foods like these, alongside my daily treat of chocolate!"
Now almost three stones lighter, full of confidence and after even appearing on the cover of the Slimming World Magazine in 2012, Nadia has decided that she would like to help others shed the pounds by becoming a Slimming World consultant.
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