Outsole of running shoes typically do not flex in response to the feet landing on the ground. However, New Balance has designed conformal outsole that flexes in response to each stride landing on the ground. Specifically, New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2’s outsole flexes in response to the feet landing on the ground, which delivers … More Conformal outsole of New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2
There is a recent trend in running shoe design that features a one-piece integrated outsole compared to the common design of the past where the outsole is separated into two distinct segments. For example, both Adidas Vengeful Boost and New Balance Fresh Foam Zante comes with integrated one piece outsole, where the thread pattern runs … More Advantages of an integrated one piece outsole
Focus on running shoes have always been on the midsole foam technology as well as the upper mesh design and colors. But, what is less well known is the strong influence of the outsole on the performance of the midsole foam in absorbing shock and stress. Specifically, the thread pattern of the outsole affects the … More How does the outsole design affect the performance of the midsole in shock absorption?
Different outsoles and thread patterns confer differing levels of grip to a running shoe and creates different running sensations. From my experience and logical deduction, small amounts of sliding when the running shoe hits the ground helps reduce impact energy and transfer of shock waves from the ground to the knee, making the running gait … More Blown rubber may be ideally suited as outsole for performance running shoes
The outsole design of running shoes is once thought to be monolithic with slight variation from a main theme where the thread pattern is tuned either for running on synthetic track or concrete and road surface. However, in recent years, Adidas has brought forth a revolution in thread design in running shoes that upended the … More New concepts in design of outsoles for neutral, minimalist and stable runners
Runners of different pronation exerts different load and stress on the running surface. Depending on whether you are under pronation, neutral pronation or flat footed, you exert different stress levels on the concrete or synthetic track. In general, neutral or slightly under pronated runners need to wear shoes catering to the natural pronation (or … More Outsole wear out pattern of a neutral or under pronation shoe
Running shoe serves to enhance athlete’s performance by providing cushion for the massive amount of vertical impact that a feet and knee sustain during the course of running. Although most people understand the utility of the running shoe in cushioning against impact through the presence of the foam layer, relatively little is known, to the … More Structure of a running shoe