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    Here is a summary of the responses I received to my posting about sandals
    for gait analysis.

    Many thanks to everyone that took the time to share their experiences with


    Clare Milner


    Original posting:

    Does anyone have any recommendations regarding sports sandals that are
    suitable for use in gait analysis? I like the idea of putting markers
    directly on the skin, but I realize that a sandal-type shoe would need to be
    close fitting and not slide around to work well in this context. If you have
    used a sandal for gait analysis and had either a good or bad experience, I’d
    appreciate your comments and advice.


    Dr. Milner,

    I do a lot of hiking in my Chaco Z/2s and they're great for support and
    don't slip over level ground. We used them when we were getting aquainted to
    our VICON system, but haven't published anything. They're a bit heavy and
    stiff (they have hiking boot soles) but might be a good option.



    Hey Clare,

    I had a very good experience with Rockport sandals, our subjects ran in them
    just fine.

    Best of luck,

    Anne Mündermann


    Anne Mündermann, Ph.D.

    Department of Mechanical Engineering

    Stanford University, CA

    Tel. (650) 724-9684

    Fax. (650) 725-1587




    I have used the Bite Sandals for rearfoot motion studies. Specifally, here
    at UMASS we have a size range for the Xtendor, and the Xtension 2 OS.

    The strap design allows for a snug fit. Also, they have removable footbeds
    for foot orthoses.

    They work quite well. I collected data on 52 subjects and all worked out
    well, without any complaints. Trials were approximately 1 minute long at
    3.3 - 8.9 mph (pretty fast). I think MacLean had some problems for very long
    running trials.

    Feel free to contact me for any other questions.



    Ryan Chang MSc

    Biomechanics Laboratory - University of Massachusetts


    Dear Clare Milner,

    We have used a light and flexible shoe - a gym shoe used in gymnastics. It
    works fine and you can easily point out the anatomical landmarks. The
    attached photo resembles more or less the type we use in our lab (we use the
    black color).


    Tine Alkjær

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++
    Tine Alkjær Eriksen, M.Sc., Ph.D, Assistant professor
    Institute of Medical Anatomy, The Panum Institute
    Laboratory for Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics and Motor Control
    University of Copenhagen
    Blegdamsvej 3, DK-2200 Copenhagen N

    Tel: +45 35 32 72 16
    Fax:+45 35 32 72 17
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++

    I'd look into using sandals by Chaco. I've not used Chacos in the lab but
    have walked hundreds of miles in my pair and can attest to their snugness,
    as well as their comfort. I'm not wearing them right now ("business casual"
    is not yet that casual) but one potential problem with Chacos is the
    location of the strap near the 5th metatarsal.

    Good luck.


    __________________________________________________ ____

    David J. Gutekunst, M.S.

    Research Physiologist

    Military Performance Division

    U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine Natick, MA 01760-5007

    Phone: 508.233.5892

    Fax: 508.233.4195



    Hi Dear,

    Do you mind to send me responses to your email about sport sandals?i am
    working on foot ortotics for my thesis and i would like to try them inserted
    into the sandals as well.

    Thank you in advance



    Clare E. Milner PhD

    Assistant Professor, Biomechanics

    Dept of Exercise, Sport & Leisure Studies

    University of Tennessee

    1914 Andy Holt Avenue, 337 HPER


    TN 37996-2700

    Phone: 865-974-7667

    Fax: 865-974-8981