I am a MD and a physiatrist, age 62, weight 78 kg, height 185 cm and have practiced long distance running for some 10 years and I’ve run in the average one marathon and a few half marathons a year.
I discovered Feelmax shoes first this fall, 2010 and have so far run some 500 km using Panka’s. Having no previous experience with barefoot-running my calves become sore for the first week, but after that there has been no problems due to the shoes. I have observed a change in gait, instead of landing on the heel I now land on the whole foot, which I think is the original running gait of man.
There has also been a remarkable activation of the small muscles of the feet. That has also been apparent though the fact that my feet have not been freezing when running in snow up to -19 centigrades. In colder weather I’ve used an extra pair of wool socks. In wet conditions a pair of watertight socks have proven to be very convenient. The soles of the shoes have not been slippery and contact on the running surface is enormously closer than with normal running shoes. It is an inspiring experience for the soles to feel the changing characteristics of the road. The ability to balance oneself seems also to increase. Now after experiencing the clear benefits of Feelmax shoes in running I hesitate to use any other shoes for running. So far I have competed in a 10 km road-run and look forward (first) to the next half marathon and then to the marathon.
My wife – age 62, weight 67 kg, height 168 cm – with whom I always run together also got used to Panka’s after two weeks of accommodation and is very satisfied with them.
Knowing the importance of proper shoes for the growing feet we have purchased children’s Feelmax shoes for six of our 12 grandchildren as Christmas presents.
In my practice I treat quite a few athletes with pain problems in lower extremities and have recommended Feelmax shoes for a most of them and quite a few seem to be familiar with them already.
In most cases the ideology behind the use of insoles is totally contrary to the strengthening of feet’s musculature and the same applies to the vast machinery in marketing of the running shoes. First of all they seem to be concerned in mending the very problems they create. The human foot already possesses the needed damping for running, which only needs to be activated. I am convinced that the existing models of Feelmax shoes present a “missing link” in the development of shoes for the benefit on mankind and that there is thus an enormous economical potential connected.