Renowned long-distance runners, Kara Goucher and Des Linden, recently discussed the impact of carbon-plated sneakers, also known as “super shoes,” on the sport of running. The duo hosts a podcast called Nobody Asked Us, where they delve into various topics related to running. In a recent episode, they shared their thoughts on youth athletes using these high-tech shoes.
According to Goucher, her child is keen on getting a pair of super shoes, as many other young runners already have them. However, she’s cautious, stating that training with these shoes too early may prevent lower body development. She points out that most research on super shoes has focused on elite athletes and not recreational or youth runners. Moreover, there are increasing reports of pain and injury when these shoes aren’t used mindfully.
Linden concurs that developing runners should focus on building strength without relying on high-tech gear. However, she believes that it’s acceptable to use super shoes occasionally if they keep young athletes engaged in the sport. Both runners agree that super shoes have brought a new level of excitement to the sport and have helped attract more interest in it.
The debate over super shoes continues to divide the running community, with some believing that the technology provides an unfair advantage, while others argue that it spurs innovation. As the popularity of these shoes grows, it’s essential to understand the potential risks and benefits, especially for young athletes who are still developing.