Running shoe tests

As part of our investigation, Marketplace bought three pairs of popular conventional running shoes, costing at least $150 each and took them to the Spaulding National Running Center associated with Harvard University. Director Irene Davis ran tests to measure how each pair of shoes affect the running mechanics of the body and how the shoes compare to both minimal footwear and barefoot running.

Based on the tests, Davis says, "as long has you have a cushion under your feet, you will tend to land on your heels and your impacts and load rates will increase."

Click the links below to very specific test results.

Barefoot running



Barefoot and conventional shoes



Saucony shoe compared to barefoot running



ASICS shoe compared to barefoot running



Mininal shoe



Conventional shoe


Minimal and conventional shoe