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Conceptualizing minimalist footwear: an objective definition

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by NewsBot, Jul 8, 2017.

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    Conceptualizing minimalist footwear: an objective definition
    Devon R. Coetzee, Yumna Albertus, Nicholas Tam & Ross Tucker
    Journal of Sports Sciences 07 Jul 2017
     
  2. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

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    A lot of people are going to disagree on the definition that they come up with:
    "Based on current literature, we define minimalist footwear as a shoe with a highly flexible sole and upper that weighs 200g or less, has a heel stack height of 20mm or less and a heel-toe differential of 7mm or less."

    All those design features exist on a continuum --> there really can be no definition.
    Of the 4 criteria they use in that definition, the maximalist Hoka meets one of them and a couple of their new upcoming models will meet 2 of them

    I don't know what they think is wrong with the proposed Minimalist Index which classifies shoes in their minimalist features on a continuum ... and for some reason the above authors did not even reference...

    more on Minimalist Index: https://podiatryarena.com/index.php?threads/definition-and-rating-scale-for-minimalist-shoes.103884/
     
  3. William Fowler

    William Fowler Active Member

    That is a very questionable conclusion.
    If you were to take that definition to a barefoot running or minimalist forum or Facebook group, they would laugh at it.
     
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    Construction and finite element analysis of a coupled finite element model of foot and barefoot running footwear
    Yuhua Li, KF Leong, Yaodong Gu,
    Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology
    Institution of Mechanical Engineers October 17, 2018

     
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