Why Modern Running Shoes Are Terrible?
Running shoes are a very personal choice. They have been around since ancient times. However, modern running shoes were not invented until the 20th century. Before then, runners wore sandals or other types of footwear that did not protect their feet from injury during long runs (1).
The first shoe was made out of leather and it had holes in them so the foot could breathe. After that, they started using soles with rubber or plastic inserts. These shoes were comfortable but they did not provide any protection against injuries such as blisters, cuts, bruises, sprains and strains (2).
In the early 1900’s a man named George Balch created a new type of shoe called “Balmoral” which consisted of two pieces of leather sewn together. It provided better support than previous models and allowed the runner to run faster (3).
During World War II, military personnel used these shoes because they were light weight and they helped them to keep up with their training (4). During the 1950’s, runners began wearing them again when they wanted to improve their performance in races. Since then, running shoes have become popular among everyone who wants to feel more comfortable while running.
However, it is important to know that running in lightweight shoes can cause damage to your feet and ankles. This is because wearing them encourages people to change their natural running style (5). Nowadays, serious runners opt for more protective types of footwear such as boots or cross trainers.
These shoes offer more ankle support than the lightweight running shoes and they are better for the body if you plan on doing a lot of running.
Should You Wear Running Shoes?
Nowadays, running shoes come with many extra additions such as special support for your legs and feet, cushioned sole inserts, extra padding for the heel, air pockets for extra cushioning and even GPS systems to track your distance. As a result, some people believe that these shoes will help to prevent them from getting injured. However, this is not the case because no type of shoe can prevent you from getting injured while running (6).
Wearing running shoes can actually increase your chance of getting injured because they change the way you walk and run. Over-shoe running encourages people to land on their feet instead of their mid or front-foot. When this occurs, the impact is directed to the heel which causes a lot of stress on that area (7).
Not only that, but these types of shoes also make you less aware of your surroundings.
Sources & references used in this article:
‘The bad Baniani sports good shoes’:’Asian’stereotypes and the problem of modernity in East Africa by DO Ojwang – Africa insight, 2005 – journals.co.za
The painful truth about trainers: Are running shoes a waste of money by C McDOUGALL – The Daily Mail, 2009 – learningmethods.net
When good companies do bad things by P Schwartz – Strategy & Leadership, 2000 – emerald.com