The Physical Performance Show: Simon Bartold & Paul Griffin; ‘Top 5 Running Shoe Innovations of the last 20yrs’

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In episode 311 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Simon Bartold and Paul Griffin from Bartold Clinical around ‘Top 5 Running Shoe Innovations of the last 20yrs’ in this Expert Edition.

Dr Paul Griffin, Sports Podiatrist has a Sports Podiatry career spanning 25 + years. Paul has provided services to the Perth Glory Football Club and the Western Australian Branch of the Australian Podiatry Council. 

Simon Bartold has also had a very impressive career. Simon has been a consultant at the Australian Institute of Sport Cricket Academy, the British Cricket Academy and the Indian Cricket Team. Simon was a Deputy Director of Podiatry Services at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 and then again for Medical Teams at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. Simon went on to attend his 4th Olympic Games in London in 2012, a Consultant Podiatrist to Port Power in the AFL, an editorial Board Member for the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport in the Australasian Physiotherapy Journal.

To listen to Episode 311:


Click the icon to listen to the interview on iTunes or listen using the Soundcloud player below


Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Challenges on footwear innovations
  • Top 5 Running Shoe Innovations
  • #1 Hylo Corn Runner
  • #2 Nike Vaporfly 4%
  • #3 Hoka One One Bondi
  • Biomechanics around the effect of Cushioning and Lower Limb Stiffness
  • #4 Under Armour Speedform Gemini
  • #5 Vibram Five Fingers (VFF)
  • Best Advice in running shoe navigation

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“The materials used in running shoes will last for 200 years plus”
“Too much cushioning can be a bad thing”
“Purchase the most sustainable running shoe and compare your performance” – Physical Challenge- Paul 
“Do something different other than running 2/5 days.” – Physical Challenge – Simon 
“Be cautious in buying your running shoe.” Best Advice – Simon
“Be open to different shoe innovations.” Best Advice – Paul

To follow Simon Bartold:

Twitter:  @bartoldbiomecha
Instagram: @bartold_clinical
Facebook:  @bartoldclinical
Linkedin: Simon Bartold

To follow Paul Griffin:

Instagram:  @momentum_sp
Website: MomentumSP
Linkedin: Paul Griffin

The Physical Performance Show Previous Episodes:

03:35 Welcome Back Simon and Paul
04:45 Challenge of Footwear Innovations
07:00 #1 Hylo Corn Runner
16:05 #2 Nike Vaporfly 4%
29:25 #3 Hoka One One Bondi
34:00 Biomechanics around the effect of Cushioning and Lower Limb Stiffness
43:35 #4 Under Armour Speedform Gemini
48:15 #5 Vibram Five Fingers (VFF)
57:33 Physical Challenge
59:10 Best Advice in running shoe navigation
1:02:29 Finish

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For questions and comments about this Episode Send to the Show Host @Brad_Beer (Twitter) or @brad_beer (Instagram)

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