Wednesday, July 4, 2007

The Shoe Construction 6: Shoe Last III

  • Straight last:
    • are the least flexible and the most stable.

    • They are intended for people with flat feet.

The Shoe Construction 5: Shoe Last II

  • Semi-curved last:

    • Is more flexible than the straight last, yet more stable than the curved last.
    • It has a wider strip connecting the heel and ball of the foot.
    • It is intended for people with normal arches.

The Shoe Construction 4: Shoe Last

Shoe last

Look at the bottom of the shoe to see which last the shoe was formed on.
And there were three types of shoe last.

Curved last:
    • A thin strip connects the heel and ball of the foot.
    • Makes the shoe light and flexible
    • It is intended for people with a high arch.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Shoe Construction 3: Combination Lasted Shoes

  • Combination lasted shoes:

      • Cardboard in the rear half, and a seam up the front half.
      • More flexible than board lasted shoes
      • More stable than slip lasted shoes.

The Shoe Construction 2: Board Lasted Shoes

The Board Explanation

  • Board lasted shoes:
    • A cardboard board runs the length of the shoe.
    • Very stable.
    • Less flexible.
    • Good construction for flatter feet.

The Shoe Construction 1: Slip Lasted Shoes

The Lasted Explanation

  • Slip lasted shoes:
    • A sewn seam runs the length of the shoe.
    • Most flexible.
    • Less stable.
    • Good construction for feet with high arches.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Type of Shoe 6: Lightweight Hiking and Trail Shoes

  • Designed for day hiking and short trips
  • often with rugged-looking soles and outdoorsy colors.
  • Designed to be breathable, comfortable, and cushioned, sacrificing support and durability compared to boots.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Type of shoe 5: Race Walking Shoe

  • These shoes are built to accommodate the motion of race walking and are similar to racing flats shoes below.
  • They tend to not have a thick mid sole nor knobs or lugs on the out sole.

Type of shoe 4: Racing Flats Shoe

  • This time, the shoe itself have a very simple explanation.
  • Otherwise u do not want to wear these kind of shoes.
  • These shoes tend to have verylittle stability, cushioning, or durability. However, this also means that they have a low heel, are flexible, and are very light.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Type of shoe 3: Cushioned Shoe

  • Cushioned Shoes generally have the softest midsoles, the least support, but are very flexible.
  • Usually they are built upon a semi- curved or curved last.
  • These shoes are for people who do not overpronate or need extra support.
  • Often people with high arches do well in these shoes.
  • A thick heel makes it the same as walking uphill with every step.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Type of shoe 2: Stability Shoes

A compromise type of shoe
  • More flexible than a motion control shoe while providing good support and durability.
  • Built upon a semi-curved last and may have a dual density midsole for support.
  • For people who do not have severe motion control problems and midweight people.
  • Have a thick heel as well, though not as thick as a motion control shoe which makes walking in them the same as walking uphill with every step.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Type of shoe 1: Motion Control Shoes (MC)

Motion control shoes are the most rigid shoes. They are designed to be inflexible because they are meant to limit over pronation. They are generally heavy, but durable. Many are built upon a straight last, and may have a dual density mid sole, with the denser material on the inside of the foot to help correct for pronation. Primarily, motion control shoes are for over-pronators and heavier people. Often people with flat feet do well in these shoes. The PROBLEM with most motion control shoes is that they tend to have a thick heel which makes walking in them the same as walking uphill with every step.

Stick with me for more information about SHOEs!!!

Walk or Run

Shoe manufacturers
are putting the best design and technology into running shoe styles, while walking shoe styles are being designed primarily for market appeal rather than performance.

Follow the tips on the upcoming post to see whether that walking shoe you are interested really meets your needs, or if you should go with a running shoe design.

The Best Shoe For Your Foot

Actually there is no one best shoe. But the best shoe for your foot is the the one that fits you best, the one that gives you the proper support, flexibility, cushioning, and compensates for any stride problems you may have, such as over pronation. Each person's feet are different and unlike. Take all advice with a grain of salt and find a shoe fitting expert to help you find the shoe that is best for your walking distance, speed, style, and surface as well as your weight and stride.