What are wave spring shoes?

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Protect and energize your feet with WaveSpring technology shoes

You have taken up running and are determined to run competitively at some point. Your running peers advised you to wear wave spring shoes. What ARE wave spring shoes?

WaveSpring technology is a mechanical cushion system helping a runner go farther, go harder and do more but with far less stress on the feet and joints than what he experiences when running other kinds of footwear. The technology is comparable to little shock absorbers, safeguarding the body while a person runs, jogs, walks and stands.

This footwear consists of a stable and lightweight spring which is in the forefoot and heel of the running shoes made by Spira. Because of the mechanical cushions the footwear maintains that 'new shoe' feeling permanently. Other running shoes depend on various compressive foams and materials that initially provide a feeling of comfort but these materials soon collapse and the shoe is no longer comfortable and supportive.

When clad in footwear absorbing shock and providing great cushioning a person performs better and lasts longer. The technology used in this shoe delivers a high depress of responsiveness as well as protection against stress and fatigue.

The mid-foot is reinforced by a molded external shank, aiding in torsional stablity. Torsion is the act of turning or twisting. If you do not wear proper shoes when running you will eventually damage your feet, knees and legs. Footwear needs to absorb twisting and shearing forces generated when running.

These shoes not only provide cushioning with every step but return nearly the same amount of energy the person expended taking the step. As much as 96 percent of the energy exerted is returned to the wearer. This is considered 'recycled energy' and it reduces trauma on the body.

Moreover, this footwear lessens topmost impact forces throughout the gait cycle by 20 percent.
Because of this, the person can run, train and walk longer and requires far less recovery time between activities.

Experienced runners can attest to the importance of the right footwear. The wrong shoes leads to injuries including plantar faciitis, posterior tibialis syndrome, stress fractures, Achilles inflammation, black toenails and knee pain.

What Kind of Foot Do You Have?

Always take into consider the type foot you have when selecting footwear. Are you flat-footed or do you have a high arch?

Those with flat feet over-pronate, meaning there is severe inward rolling of the foot after the heel hits the ground. Pronation is the rolling action absorbing the force of landing on the outside fo the heel as the foot hits the ground.

The treads on the shoes of a flat-footed person show wear andt ear on the inside and near the big toe. The best shoe for the flat-footed person provides great stability and motion control, thwarting inward rolling of the foot. Motion control shoes offer good support for over-pronators.

The runner with a high arch supniates or under-pronates. Flexible and cushioned footwear counteracts the rigid high-arched foot.If you normally wear orthotics while running you can still use them. Simply remove the foot bed from the shoe and insert the orthotic.
This shoe isn't heavy. It weighs 6.5 ounces. You are not going to be slowed down by cumbersome footwear.


Runners recommend changing your shoes after 400 miles of usage at tops. You can continue to wear them but no longer don them for running.

When buying shoes, allow for foot swelling. There should be a finger's width between the shoe box and the big toe. If your shoe is too small it is going to drive you crazy and tear up your feet and toes.

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