UK: Researchers doubt the merits of expensive running shoes
A study has found that popular high-priced running provide no more cushioning than higher priced options of the same brand.
The scientific study of three brands, called "Do you get value for money when you buy an expensive pair of running shoes?", was conducted by the University of Dundee and published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine this week.
Scientists set out to find if more expensive running shoes provided better cushioning of plantar pressure and were more comfortable than low-cost alternatives from the same brand.
They purchased three pairs of running shoes from the three different manufacturers in the price ranges of GBP40-45, GBP60-65 and GBP70-75. Forty-three male subjects participated in the main study.
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