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Shoes That Don't Hurt

Shoes That Don't Hurt

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Shoes That Don't Hurt

109 pages
50 minutes
Oct 26, 2006


Many people suffer from the effects of wearing shoes. It is easy to point out things that are wrong with a particular pair of shoes, but until now, no one has given the public a scientific analysis of how shoes should be made. Shoes That Don't Hurt sets out to fill the gap. It begins with a review of some of the basic science involved in the process of walking. It then develops a set of criteria for general purpose walking shoes and describes a shoe design (in the engineering sense of the word) that satisfies the criteria. The ultimate goal is to create shoes that are as close as possible to the experience of barefoot walking while protecting the feet from the impacts of modern walking environments.

The book is technical, but not difficult. It is intended for a general audience, particularly, readers with an interest in science or health. It may be of interest to anyone who feels relief when taking off a pair of shoes.

Oct 26, 2006

À propos de l'auteur

Daniel A. Fried lives in New York City. He divides his time between shoemaking and practicing law. Readers may reach him at shoebook@dfried.com.

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Shoes That Don't Hurt - Daniel A. Fried




Disclaimer: The contents of this book, such as text, graphics, images, and other material are

for informational purposes only and are not intended to offer medical advice.

© Copyright 2006 Daniel A. Fried

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval

system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying,

recording, or otherwise, without the written prior permission of the author.

Note for Librarians: A cataloguing record for this book is available from Library and Archives

Canada at www.collectionscanada.ca/amicus/index-e.html

ISBN 978-1-4120-9706-2

ISBN 978-1-4122-0980-9 (ebk)

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Part 1

Science of Human Movement

Chapter 1

Newton’s Laws of Motion

Chapter 2

Biomechanics of Walking

Chapter 3

Kinesthetic Sense

Part 2


Chapter 4


Chapter 5

Anatomy of Shoes

Chapter 6

Functions of a Shoe

Chapter 7

Walking Surfaces

Chapter 8


Chapter 9

Flat Shoes

Part 3

The Shoes in Action

Chapter 10

Flatness and Flexibility

Chapter 11

Shock Absorption

Chapter 12

Internal Traction

Chapter 13


Chapter 14

External Traction

Chapter 15


Chapter 16

Protection From the Elements

Chapter 17


Chapter 18

Comfort and Fit

Chapter 19


Chapter 20

How Isodynamic Shoes Work

Part 4

Some Parts of the Shoe

Chapter 21

Toe Shape

Chapter 22

Toe Box

Chapter 23

Heel Shape

Chapter 24

Eyelet Tabs

Chapter 25

Top Line

Chapter 26



To my mother, Blanche Fried

and the memory of my father, Emanuel Fried

I’m having a good time tonight. If nobody objects, I’m going to take off my shoes.

Joan Baez


This book is written for a particular reader: one who knows that wearing shoes can be a problem and is willing to read through some technical (but not difficult) material to gain an understanding of the problem and its solutions. Many books have been written treating shoes as an item of fashion, that is to say, an object to be looked at. I offer another perspective: shoes as a medium through which forces are exchanged between a human being and the Earth. The forces are the ones described in Newton’s laws of motion. The exchange of forces is what enables us to move across the Earth’s surface through the activities of walking and running. One of the premises of this book is that if we understand the Newtonian forces that pass through shoes when we walk, we will have a foundation for understanding how to make shoes that do not create problems for the human body.

This book is a product of my experience in wearing, thinking about, and making shoes. I had a long struggle with the shoe industry in trying to find shoes that were comfortable to walk in. I could not wear ready-made shoes because my feet were just a little too wide in the front. I could jam my toes into the shoes, but it was painful. I therefore turned to custom shoemakers. There was a small community of them in New York a few decades ago, most, if not all European-trained. Their craftsmanship was impeccable, but I was still not comfortable walking in their shoes. Since I had no problems when walking barefoot, I had to conclude that there was a flaw in the basic design or structure of conventional shoes. It’s obvious when you look at a man’s shoe, and even more so at a woman’s shoe, that any heeled shoe sets the foot in an unnatural position, and thereby restricts the movement of the foot to some extent. This might not be a problem for some people, but it was evidently a problem for me.

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