The Effect of Shoe Upper Panel Stiffness on Biomechanical Performance

Athletes are always looking for different ways to improve in their sports. Footwear choice is an important variable to consider for any athlete. The design of footwear has the ability to impact athletic performance. This project aims to determine the biomechanical differences caused by differing material properties of shoe upper panels. Using three shoes prototyped with different upper panel materials, we are looking at jumping performance differences as well as foot-specific responses. This information will help provide athletic footwear manufacturers with the knowledge of how materials properties can impact athletic performance in the shoes that they design.