Athletic footwear: Design, performance and selection issues

  • McPoil T
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to assist the practitioner in understanding the various advantages and disadvantages associated with the use of athletic footwear. In addition, the various components of a typical athletic shoe are described including the upper, the midsole/outsole, the last, as well as the lasting process. Since the various models of athletic shoes that are available to the consumer can change in a very rapid and unpredictable manner, it is extremely difficult for the clinician to maintain a database of current shoe models and features. This paper stresses the importance of the clinician providing the athlete a list of footwear features and components based on their particular foot classification or problem, rather than attempting to recommend a specific model of athletic shoe. A detailed explanation of these features is provided to assist the practitioner in helping the athlete select the most appropriate shoe.

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  • Thomas G. McPoil

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