When shopping for athletic shoes, it’s easy to assume that the most expensive ones are the best ones. But a recent study asks fitness fans to think twice before purchasing the priciest sneakers.
British researchers tested sneakers ranging from $80 to $150 using pressure sensors to assess shock absorption and asking 43 participants for their opinions on comfort (without them knowing which shoes were more expensive). No differences were found. In fact, there was actually less plantar pressure in the low-end sneakers.
The lead researcher questioned if the higher-end shoes were priced for advertising and not protection. But the director of scientific affairs at the American Podiatric Medical Association made a valid point in response to the study, noting that it would be interesting to test the sneakers after months or years of use to see if there is still no difference in support quality.
Both researchers and responders agree, however, that regardless of price, a shopper’s top priority when it comes to running shoes should be fit.
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