Best Running Shoes

There is no such thing as the best running shoes. Each runners has individual needs and individual response to running shoes, so there will be a best running shoe for each runner and it will not be the same running shoes.

Most Useful Resources:
Best Running Shoes (PodiaPaedia)
Best Running Shoes (Foot Health Forum)
The ‘Best Running Shoe’? (Podiatry Ninja)
The Best Running Shoe (The Best Running Shoe Blog)

Barefoot Running Shoes

Barefoot running shoes are those shoes with such minimal construction that they do not interfere with what would be considered barefoot function. At there simplest, they are simply fabric coverings of the foot.

Most Useful Resources:
Barefoot Running Shoes (PodiaPaedia)
Barefoot Running Shoes (Barefoot Running Shoes Store)

Arthur Lydiard

Arthur Lydiard who was a well known running coach, coaching athlete to many world records and Olympic gold medals. He was the originator of the 100 miles a week training regime.

Most Useful Resources:
Arthur Lydiard (Running Heroes)
Arthur Lydiard (PodiaPaedia)

Asics Running Shoes

Asics Running Shoes
ASICS is an an acronym that is derived from the Latin phrase, Anima Sana In Corpore Sano which translates to a sound mind in a sound body. They are the most popular running shoes on the market.

Most Useful Resources:
Asics Running Shoes (Podiatry Arena)
Asics (PodiaPaedia)
Asics Running Shoes (Foot Health Forum)

Enko Running Shoes

Enko Running Shoes

The Enko Running Shoes are a new entry into the running shoe market that have cantilevered spring in the rearfoot. The ‘hardness’ of the spring is based on the body weight of the runner.

Most Useful Resources:
Enko Running Shoes (PodiaPaedia)
Another new ‘spring loaded’ running shoe – Enko (Podiatry Arena)
Enko (Foot Health Forum)

The Ampla Running Shoe

ampla running shoes

Ampla running shoes are designed with a cantilever under the forefoot, designed to encourage a forefoot strike when running as opposed to a heel strike.

Most Useful Resources:
Ampla (PodiaPaedia)
New ‘innovative’ running shoe from Ampla (Foot Health Forum)
New ‘innovative’ running shoe from Ampla (Podiatry Arena)
New ‘innovative’ running shoe from Ampla (iPodiatry)

The Airia Running Shoe

The Airia one running shoes are a different type of running shoe in that they are zero drop and have a lateral slant (forefoot valgus wedge) under the forefoot. This will have different biomehcanical affects in different runners. The company that makes them claims that you can get a performance advantage using the shoe.

Most Useful Resources:
Airia (PodiaPaedia)
New “Biomechanically Perfect” Shoe (Foot Health Forum)
Airia Running shoes: the new “Biomechanically Perfect” Shoe (Podiatry Arena)
The new ‘biomechanically perfect’ running shoe from Airia? (Running Research Junkie)
Another look at the performance claims by the Airia One running shoe; a theoretical context (Running Research Junkie)
Airia Running Shoes (Podiatry TV)
AIRIA ONE : cette chaussure fait-elle vraiment courir plus vite ? (

Adidas Running Shoes

The Adidas running shoes have been around since the beginning of the running shoes being more widely used. they are innovators and leaders in the market.

Most Useful Resources:
Adidas (PodiaPaedia)
Adidas Springblade running shoe (Podiatry Arena)
Adidas Running Shoes (Podiatry TV)
Adidas Boost Technology (Running Research Junkie)
Adidas (Foot Health Forum)

Abebe Bikila – the Barefoot Marathoner

Abebe Bikila won the 1960 Rome Olympic marathon running barefoot. He is often held up as a poster boy by the barefoot running community. He went on to win the 1964 Toyko Olympic marathon in world record time, this time wearing shoes.

Most Useful Resources:
Abebe Bikila (Podiatry FAQ’s)
Abebe Bikila (Running Hero’s)
10 September 1960 (Today in History)
Abebe Bikila as a poster boy (Podiatry Ninja)

Foot Strike Pattern and Injury Rates in Runners

There is a lot of debate online about which is the best running technique for a runner to use. One of the more common debates is about the foot strike pattern and if it should be forefoot, midfoot or heel striking the ground first. The bulk of the evidence does not support one over the other.

Most Useful Resources:
Foot Strike Pattern and Running Injury (PodiaPaedia)
Foot Strike Pattern and Injury Rates (Running Research Junkie)
Its six of one and half a dozen of the other: Rearfoot vs Forefoot striking when running (Running Research Junkie)
Emerging Evidence on Footstrike Patterns in Running (Podiatry Arena)
Running Footstrike: Rearfoot, Midfoot or Forefoot, Which is Best? (Podiatry Arena)
New studies on injury rates between forefoot and rearfoot striking (Podiatry Arena)