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Footwear Classification for Research Purposes

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by nicola selhuber, Mar 15, 2009.


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    Is anyone aware of a classification for footwear, (non orthopaedic) for the purposes of research?
     
  2. Boots n all

    Boots n all Well-Known Member

    Can you explain a bit more as to what you mean by "classification" please
    ...safety boots? the type of research you are wanting to carry out might help also?
     
  3. I can't go into too much detail about the research project but the kind of classification I am looking for would be in relation to e.g. toe box shape, heel height, fastening, rigidity of upper/sole, that kind of thing. Thanks for taking the time to reply.
     
  4. efuller

    efuller MVP

    The old shoe fitters handbook had a classification system that included boot, oxford, pump, mule, sandal, moccasin and one other that I can't recall off the top of my head. Things like toe box shape are hard to categorize as there are many shades of gray. You will probably have to come up with your own classification system.

    Regards,

    Eric
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2009
  5. Freddy

    Freddy Member

    Menz & Sherringham (2000) developed a footwear assessment form in terms of falls risk that assessed: shoe type, heel height, fixation, heel counter stiffness, longitudinal sole rigidity, sole flexion point, tread pattern and sole hardness.

    Koepsell (2004) also classified footwear in terms of falls.

    Menz et al (2006), too, described footwear characteristics in terms of falls risk.

    There are others, such as Hourihan et al (2000) and Kerse et al (2004) who also classify footwear in terms of falls and fracture risk.

    I don't know if this has any relevance to the information you required for your research purposes?

    All the best

    Freddy.
     
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