Friday, February 11, 2011

Recommended Shoe List

The Running Clinic has a nice list of recommended shoes...that protect the feet, but don't interfere with their natural movement.  In addition to suggested shoes, they have shoes to avoid.  Here is their introduction to the lists:

A perfect shoe is one that should protect the skin from lacerations and cold, while minimizing the interface between the foot and the ground. The better the shoe is at replicating a bare foot situation, the greater its neurophysiological response: an essential protective mechanism in the human body. In other words, the less the shoe interferes with the foot's natural mechanism, the more the foot will solidify and the greater it will perform to attenuate the forces of impact brought on by racing dynamics. Moreover, the majority of stability and absorption technology are redundant; they are without scientific basis and are especially ineffective in reducing the impact on the skeleton, natural pronation and the incidence of injuries!

Pretty reasonable rationale.  Here is their web site with recommended shoes:

The Running Clinic Shoe List

For the shoes I own, their ratings seem on target.  Check 'em out.

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