Many folks who suffer from lower back pain are told – “buy New Balance sneakers”.
The mistake comes in where folks follow the hype and buy what is a terrific running sneaker – New Balance’s 992s.
I can understand why. I’ve seen Steve Jobs wearing them for goodness sakes.
And yeah, I actually bought a pair.
But here’s the thing, that particular sneaker does not help back pain sufferers. In fact, I believe can trigger low back pain when they are mis-worn. Which is wearing them for a purpose other than running. 992s are running sneakers with additional cushioning in the heal for the hammering they take during jogging or running. This additional cushioning elevates your heal, adding pressure to your legs and encouraging your back into a posture that isn’t helpful while walking.
And if you are suffering low back pain, like me, you’re not running all that much.
After following some advice found in this message forum I went out and bought some Clarks and Pumas. There is a notable difference when standing or walking. Richelle’s mom has sung the praises of Clarks for her knee pain for a while.
So it was great to read in New York Magazine that this approach made sense.
Related: Boing Boing thread on the previously mentioned article and subject.