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Has footwear changed how we run?

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Wearing cushioned running shoes may have changed the way humans run, new research suggests.

Using high-speed footage, scientists have discovered that experienced barefoot runners land very differently from runners who wear shoes.

The researchers showed that runners who have trained barefoot tend to strike the ground with their fore-foot or mid-foot, rather than their heel.

They described their findings in the journal Nature.

Footage courtesy of Daniel Lieberman

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