A collection of footwear infographics

If you speak English, French, Dutch, Flemish, Indonesian, Spanish, Italian or Greek, here are my hugely popular infographics!

There is so much myth and folklore surrounding athletic footwear, particularly running shoes. So, I decided to build a series of infographics citing the very latest research to cut through all the nonsense, and to give you, Bartold Clinical members,  the very best clinical advice re running shoes!

This is all pretty pragmatic, it is based on the facts published in the current literature, so sit back and enjoy in whatever language takes your fancy!

1. The truth about running shoes

The first thing to understand about runninng shoes is that they will not influence the overall rate of injury. Will they in the future Possibly, however the key take home message is that the running footwear industry is about mass production. So, there is an hypothetical design for literally millions of people that is supposed to work for all.

This simply is NOT possible. The human organism is incredibly varied, and different runners will respond differently to all sorts of things, gender, body weight, surface, terrain, ambient temperature, biomechanics, and... footwear. 

So, if you believe there is one solution in respect to running footwear for all runners, please rethink this, and have a good look at this infographic, which outlines only the facts.

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Original, Simon Bartold



French, transduction: podo'xygene


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Dutch, transduction: Bram Van Waes


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Indonesian, transduction: Defianti Ariani


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Greek, transduction: Stelios Petroutsos


2. The truth about Minimalist shoes

One of THE great controversies in sports medicine in recent years sprung up around the claims that minimalist footwear, that is, footwear with a heel to toe gradient of 4mm or less, was a solution for all runners in relation to technique and injury.

Simon Bartold
Director of Bartold Clinical