Why did the shoe break up with the sock? Because it was tired of being walked all over!


As the old saying goes, "If the shoe fits, wear it." But what if the shoe doesn't fit? Or worse, what if the shoe you're wearing is causing you more harm than good? Don't worry, folks, because we've got some scientific studies that will help guide you to the perfect pair of running shoes.

First up, we have "Footwear Matters: Influence of Footwear and Foot Strike on Loadrates During Running" by Rami Hashish, et al. published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise in 2018. Now, I don't know about you, but when I'm running, the last thing I want is extra loadrates. This study found that running shoes with increased cushioning can reduce loadrates, so you can keep on running without feeling like you're carrying the weight of the world on your feet.

But wait, there's more! "Effect of shoe cushioning on joint contact forces in rearfoot and forefoot running" by A. M. Boyer and J. R. Nigg, published in the same journal in 2004, found that shoes with increased cushioning also reduce joint contact forces. So not only will your feet feel lighter, but your joints will thank you for it too.

Now, if you're a serious runner, you'll want to take a look at "Impact of Footwear on Running Performance and Injuries" by Stacey Meardon, et al., published in Current Sports Medicine Reports in 2012. This study found that wearing shoes with appropriate cushioning, stability, and motion control can improve running performance and reduce the risk of injury. So not only will you be able to run faster and longer, but you'll also be less likely to end up with a sprained ankle or other running-related injury.

In conclusion, folks, don't let your footwear hold you back. Do your research, take a look at these studies, and find the perfect pair of running shoes for you. Your feet, your joints, and your running times will thank you for it. Happy running!





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