Shoe cushioning and related material properties

Ravindra S. Goonetilleke, Jennifer A. Himmelsbach

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    This study investigated the effect of dynamic material properties on the Perceived Level of Cushioning (PLC) in shoes. An Impact Tester was used to characterize the material properties. Three pairs of shoes were used in the two experiments conducted. Experiment 1 was aimed at establishing the effects during standing while experiment 2 was an attempt to relate the effects during walking. A 7-point scale was used to rate PLC. The results showed that during standing, PLC may be related to stiffness of the material, compression, and the time to reach maximum deceleration. However, during walking, PLC appears to be related to the maximum deceleration as measured by the Impact Tester.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)519-522
    Number of pages4
    JournalProceedings of the Human Factors Society
    StatePublished - 1992
    EventProceedings of the Human Factors Society 36th Annual Meeting. Part 2 (f 2) - Atlanta, GA, USA
    Duration: 12 Oct 199216 Oct 1992


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