Biomechanical Effects of Men's Dress Shoes Made with Eco-Friendly Materials

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2018-01-01
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Nam, Changhyun
Lee, Young-A
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The purpose of this study was to evaluate wearers' performance in men's leather shoes comparing with sustainable shoes using an experimental research design. It was hypothesized that there were no differences in kinetic and kinematic parameters of gait within lower extremity of participants wearing the leather shoes and sustainable shoes while performing the following three conditions: walking on flat ground, ascending, and descending stairs. A total of 37 human subjects were used for the data analyses. For kinetics, no statistically significant mean differences between the two shoes during descending stairs was identified. For kinematics, no statistically significant differences for peak angles of hips, knees, and ankles were found between the two shoes during ascending and descending stairs. The findings of this study confirm the possibility for multi-layered cellulosic material to use as an alternative leather when making sustainable men’s dress shoes in terms of kinematics and kinetics.

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