Clarks ‘Wave’ shoes

Clarks have just released a brand new style of footwear to make walking that little bit easier. These follow on from the more hardcore research driven ‘MBT’, ‘Fit-flop’ fitness styles of footwear – see fitness footwear.  Thankfully all of these shoes bringing a welcome breath of new technology into the footwear market, but benefits are invariably far too hyped up and exaggerated beyond proportion.  NB Sketchers ‘shape uprange  of fitness shoes are cheaper copies of the original MBT patent and lack some of the rigidity of the original MBT design but are still a very comfortable shoe.

Named ‘Wave‘ shoes they claim to reduce the load over your toes, increasing comfort and ease of Gait.  Most of this is actually quite true.. the discretely designed fore-foot rocker will be a delight for anyone with painful feet especially at the joints and toes.  Good news as well that the pre-moulded insole inside the footwear can easily be removed to allow custom orthotic insoles to be fitted.  At a much more reasonable price (£50-70 ) than MBT’s, and without all the marketing twaddle these are a really good option to consider.

These are not fussy shoes for looking good at the gym, but reasonably appealing shoes suitable for everyday working environments.

At last someone has been listening!

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2 Responses to Clarks ‘Wave’ shoes

  1. mørch says:

    No more pain – I can walk futher, longer ….
    I really like the wave shoes. The rounded bottom of the shoe – the wave – forces me to round off my step properly. Most people walk, rolling along from heel to toe naturally, ending the roll with a tiny kick or swing backwards as they lift.
    I walk placing the whole foot down at once, without rolling, forget the swing. These shoes are heaven sent for my flat way of walking, since they gently force me to roll AND swing. I get less tired in my calf, and can walk futher without getting tired. Of course other muscle groups are activatet instead, but is less tirering. So if your step is slighty on the heavy side I highly recommend to give wave clarks a try.

  2. Martin Bell says:

    Clarks wavewalk are still around and great to consider – also try Sketch air from sketcher, HOKA (they are a bit mad but very effective) or Newton running shoes. Search online for ‘shoes with rocker’ its a really popular construction design now – thankfully!
    MBT’s have always been a bit loopy and thankfully their design has become much more normal in later shoe design. Avoid the crazy ones – I don’t personally think they are safe or worth the price.

    Here is more info – there are loads to consider
    Shoes with rocker
    Walking options are more tricky but every shoe with a vibram sole will have a stiff sole and rocker.  They do however tend to be quite stiff and lack bounce in the sole so it is always a compromise
    Try Meindl comfort (wide fit) as a starter but you will need to try on loads – I send most folk to Taunton Leisure for hill walking kit as they are the best locally

    Many manufacturers do wide fitting which is best suited for you
    Don’t forget to take your walking socks and try them enthusiastically on the decline ramp to ensure your toes aren’t squashed

    Sport Options are much easier – for normal walking and general sport
    Ascics Fujitrabuco
    Ascics glide ride 
    New balance 1080(fresh foam) diff to get hold of but can come in 4 width fittings which is fab – other options avail on NB website with v similar sole.
    Brooks cascadia – softer version
    Newton gravity
    Nike react
    Nike zoom
    Nike fly (vapour fly has wings 🙂
    Hoka one one
    Ascics met ride

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