Every year we see new series of running shoes being rolled out of the assembly line. The manufacturers of these shoes promise that each new line is better than the one before it. Who are we to argue with what they say? We’re supposing that the guys who designed and came up with these shoes have spent day and night researching the best form, the most advanced cushioning system and the perfect means of protecting our feet from injury.
We just take their word for it and buy the running trainers that they offer even if the prices for these shoes are also rising. The most advanced technology should come at a steep price it only seems correct. The research to bring it all out was not cheap after all. That was my way of thinking until I came across some facts that sort of opened my eyes about the difference between cheap running trainers and expensive running trainers.
There has been some study that was conducted that showed that 65 to 80 percent of all runners are likely to suffer some form of injury in connection with running. That is kind of startling for me considering that I am aware that running shoe makers all claim that their latest products can help prevent running injury. If the number of those who suffer from some sort of running injury is really that high then does that mean that the modern running trainers are ineffective at protecting our feet?
Then I came across another fact, something that has never turned up before. There has never been research conducted that can prove that the wearing of the modern running trainers can decrease the likelihood of running injuries. If that’s the case, then what is the point of buying and wearing all of those expensive $300 running shoes, the ones that are equipped with microchips, or the ones that took years to research?
Recently shoe manufacturers are cashing in on these findings. They are starting to sell shoes that almost feel like you are not wearing any footwear at all. These barefoot running shoes are thin and offer only the most basic covering for your feet. Their prices are also a lot lower than the more expensive and modern trainers. So are cheap running trainers just as effective as the modern and high-tech ones? That seems to be the case.
If you look at some groups of people who are experienced in running with their bare feet you will find that they have lower instances of running related injuries. What does that mean? That means that we have gone soft and our feet, knees, and legs have all become weaker because of using modern running shoes. At least that is what is suggests.
It would be a little too late now to start running in your bare feet, plus in the urban jungle where most of us live there are some real dangers and health concerns to running barefooted. There is the risk of cuts, nails, glass, and plantar warts. In addition, we are not used to it like our ancestors or the people who were born to that sort of practice like the Tarahumara Indians.
If we try it our feet will be cut up in half an hour of trail running or even quick if running on asphalt roads. The lesson that we can take from this is that we need not let ourselves fall for the latest running trainer technology. We can get away with buying the most basic cheap running trainers that can offer adequate protection to our feet and know that it will provide a better running experience for us than the most expensive gizmo, plus it’ll save us money and perhaps even lessen our chance of injury. This means that cheap running trainers are just as effective if not more effective than the expensive new running shoes that they keep coming out with.