As a reputable wholesale footwear distributor for decades, we know shoes and we keep up with shoe news – and we’re aware that when it comes to sneakers (or sports shoes, whichever you prefer to call them) you can pay anywhere from $50 to $300 or more. The question is, do those fancy innovations or claims that you can jump higher, or even tone your body simply by walking, make these “high-tech” shoes worth the cost?
According to John Mercer, a biomechanics professor at the University of Nevada who studies athletic shoes, how a shoe performs and price are likely not related. When asked if a $150 athletic shoe is any better than one that cost $50, Mercer said it depends because everyone needs a shoe that’s slightly different.
Mercer analyzes various shoe brands and styles in his Las Vegas lab, from the best-known brands to those some of us have never heard of such as shoes designed with gills for running underwater. He claims that in his studies of all the various sports shoes, whether the claim made by the manufacturer (such as reducing impact) was legitimate depended a great deal on the individual wearing the shoes. Ultimately, he said that if 10 different people put on the same pair of shoes, each person would experience the shoes a little differently – for instance, no two people would run alike in those shoes.
It all boils down to the fact that high-tech athletic shoes may be amazing for one person, but not for someone else. Mercer recommends that people not be brand or model loyal when it comes to sneakers, but instead try various shoes regardless of price point to determine what works best, whether you’re a casual runner or serious athlete.
At The Jay Group Ltd. we work with domestic discount chains, flea markets, online vendors, and international customers in search of quality wholesale shoes from various brands for every member of the family. From sneakers and boots to dress, casual, heels, sandals, and more, we invite you to learn more about our bulk wholesale footwear distribution services.