Running without shoes had been all the rage not long ago however interest in it and the number doing it have dropped of considerably. It was a craze that continued for several years and was mostly influenced by social media commentary. It was a short lived trend towards barefoot running that took off around 2009 with a lot more interest in running free of running shoes. It was touted in numerous books, blogs and magazine articles and Youtube Videos thhtbarefoot running was more natural, that it was a more economical method to run and that you got significantly less injuries running that way. Many runners tried barefoot running as an alternative to using running shoes and interest in it peaked about 2013. The sales of minimal or barefoot running shoes furthermore peaked at around that time, getting to nearly 10% of the running shoe market.
After that original attention and peak interest in barefoot running and minimalist running shoes have been steadily decreasing. Runners lost interest in running barefoot. The sales of the minimalist running shoes have been dropping steadily since around mid- to late 2013. The believed advantages for it failed to eventuate to many runners who tried barefoot running but, needless to say, those who touted barefoot running simply claim that those runners were doing it incorrectly. When the scientific data accumulated, the advantages weren’t just there. All of the injury rate reports were showing that the risk of injury was the same had you been running in footwear versus running without shoes and the majority of of the running economy investigations were also showing that generally there weren’t any systematic advantages.
While some runners, who’re rather vocal, still do their running without footwear the big market shift has now been towards the maximalist running shoes with the Hoka One One running shoe being the innovator in that group of running shoes. It has now reached the stage where the Hoka’s now outsells the entire group of minimalist running shoes giving an obvious sign of the popularity of cushioned running shoes compared to barefoot running.
The most recent entrant in to the running shoe marketplace is a unique shoe from Enko. These unique athletic shoes from France were initially promoted in late 2014 and created via a crowd financing project at Indiegogo at the beginning of 2015.
This footwear features mechanical spring loaded pieces which are included in the sole. This particular design provides the shoe with additional shock absorption and energy return. This is believed to help increase comfort along with running economy. The springs are interchangeable and are calculated depending on the weight of the athlete. Data supplied by Enko report that the gains provided by the shock absorbers when it comes to mechanical energy is somewhere between 6% and 14% according to the pace of the athlete.
It is not apparent if the Enko footwear will likely be broadly used at this point, however, some issues have been expressed concerning the structure and how it may affect the running biomechanics.
The ASICs Corporation is one of the most well-known and widely used athletic shoes available on the market. Like every running shoe brand they always innovate to maintain that market leading position. Asics currently have a variety of athletic shoes with different versions in an attempt to meet the requirements of a wide range of athletes. Each of those models is often updated. Asics recently created a different model to the range, the Metarun. Very little was at first known about the footwear, simply a taster online video on the Asics website and a countdown clock ticking down to a unveiling on November 12 2015. When the clock arrived at zero a tweet was dispatched by the company to a video that revealed further information and the website was refreshed with more on the Metarun. Asics certainly claiming that this is their best ever athletic shoe.
The running shoe goes against the current tendencies of less gadgets and features in running shoes, adding several designs which have patents attached to them. The midsole, termed FlyteFoam, is their lightest and most sturdy midsole material. They discuss “organic fibers” for the highest level of cushioning. The shoe gets its stability from the patented AdaptTruss which is a carbon reinforced adaptive stability system. The “Sloped DUOMAX” is a dual density midsole which is expected to change easily to dynamic motion of the runner. The upper features a glove-like, one-layer Jacquard Mesh as well as MetaClutch exoskeleton external heel counter with a built-in memory foam. There is also a X-GEL hybrid high-tech gel in the midsole to assist shock absorption.
Is it their finest running shoe ever? Time will tell. Runners will vote with their feet once they test the Metarun. There was a little bit of hype in social media before the launch. The Metarun won’t be available until late November and they are going to be expensive and just available in restricted release.
The Adidas Springblade running footwear is a very unique and unusual running shoe. It has only been in the market for approximately 12 months to varying evaluations. The main feature of the Springblade are, as the brand implies, individual blades that create a spring effect for both shock absorption as well as energy return to propel the runner forward when running. The running shoe was created over the 6 years and had been put through significant testing for the durability, comfort, as well as power in order that the various variations could match runners of all types. They don’t match all runners and were not actually made for running long distance which is what some of the critics of the shoes have attempted to use the shoe for. They’re probably more suited to runs on the track or trails, with reduced runs on the road.
There are several models of the Springblade available on the market. You have the Adidas Springblade Drive that is created to be there all-rounder running shoe form this range. It has got the ESM-mesh technology which is supposed to enhance the breathability as well as comfort while at the same time being very conforming to the shape of the foot. The Drive is recommended as being most suitable for runners wanting a more general cross-training shoe and just want one shoe that addresses all their requirements. Another shoe in the line-up is the Adidas Springblade Razor which is more firm compared to the Drive in order that it supports the foot better in place. It is suitable for runners using the track more for speedier runs as opposed to the road. The final shoe in the selection is just called the Springblade. It is viewed as the workhorse of the range. The shoe has a tech-fit upper structure that does trade-off some degrees of breathability for more flexibility as well as comfort. A different unique feature of this range is when you get the running shoe through the online site, you are able to customize it with a few personal reaches.