Are Your Running Shoes Worthless?

Despite all their marketing suggestions to the contrary, no [running shoe] manufacturer has ever invented a shoe that is any help at all in injury prevention…If anything, the injury rates have actually ebbed up since the [invention of the modern running shoe].
— The Painful Truth About Trainers: Are Running Shoes a Waste of Money?

Casey Dukes pointed me in the direction of this fascinating article about what (if any) benefits modern running shoes offer. The research and anecdotal evidence suggest a link between the invention of the running shoe and an increase in running injuries.

I especially enjoy the bit about a new Asics shoe that cost $3 million in R&D and took three more years to create than it took to make the first atomic bomb. 

Ladies and gentlemen, that’s marketing at its best.