Carbon-Plated Running Shoes: Plate Positioning Research

Debate has raged about how the new pack of “Super Shoes’ achieve their stunning results. Is it the foam? Is it the Carbon-plate? Is it the goemetry? Just about every major player in the world of running footwear has now joined the “Carbon Plate” club and entered the world of “Super Shoes”. Some smaller ones…

Simon Bartold
Director of Bartold Clinical

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3 responses to “Carbon-Plated Running Shoes: Plate Positioning Research”

  1. How on earth can you get accurate data on LBS (particularly) when the weight of the runner is never properly analysed , except to be mentioned erroneously as a “possible” factor:


    An extra 2 kg contributes (even without gravity / run mechanics at least) significant considerably different forces and resulting outcomes.

    These article types often focus the discussIon so heavily on “the shoe” . Here, referring to what is proving to be potentially considerable variation in shock attenuation will be massively different for many.
    Let’s see some non shoe company real research on these shoes. Sacral /pelvic stress reactions are starting to appear with considerably more frequency than before (anecdotally anyway)… bored with Nike esque research – corrupt companies everywhere that really dont have a human interest at their core

    Comparing stiffness

    • Having worked with several major manufacturers, i reject the concept that research by them is “corrupt”, just becasue they are a shoe company. The research teams often work completely independently of the company, often through an external institution. I know becasue I was there and I took all ASICS research to Melbourne University where it was impossible to cook any research outcome. Often, the outcomes were not what the company hoped for, but, a research question was asked, and a correctly researched answer was given. This new paper is just one piece to a jigsaw

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