24 May '13, 1pm

Is Heel Striking Evil?: More Evidence that All Heel Strikes Are Not Equal: We humans like tidy little

We humans like tidy little categories. With running shoes we like to take the diversity of options out there and categorize things as neutral, stability, motion control, lightweight, minimal, etc. without considering that shoes within each category are sometimes so variable as to make the category as a whole meaningless. For example, the business world includes both the Nike Free Run+ 5.0 and the Vibram Fivefingers in the same category (minimal/barefoot), which makes little sense either structurally or functionally (it’s a marketing category if anything). The same approach is applied to the running foot strike – we classify foot strikes as forefoot, midfoot, or heel, but the reality is that there is a huge amount of variation within each of these categories. For example, some forefoot strikers bring the heel down after contact, others don’t. The distance of the foot from t...

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