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What do you consider when buying running shoes? Research shows that most runners think getting the “correct shoe” is important for avoiding injuries. But how do you know if you’re in the “correct shoes”?
Dr Codi Ramsey is an expert on running shoes and has been investigating the relationship between shoes and running injuries. Dr Ramsey is the Academic Lead for the Masters of Applied Science program at Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand. She joins me on the show today to discuss the problems we face when trying to use the evidence to make informed decisions about our running shoes.
We discussed the difficulty in making strong recommendations based on the current evidence, as well as the problems that have arisen from shoe companies putting the marketing-cart before the research-horse. She also shares some practical tips that runners can use to evaluate shoes right there in the store, before making a purchase.
Discussed in this episode…
- Motion control shoes are 100% a marketing scheme
- Motion control vs stability vs minimalist running shoes
- Should you choose your running shoes by comfort?
- When are your running shoes worn out?
- How to analyze your running shoes
- Physical tests you can do in the store to check you have the correct shoes
- Why is running shoe classification so confusing?