Publication Details

Munro, B., Mickle, K. Julie., Menant, J. C.. & Steele, J. R. (2009). Shoes on trial: Does a safe shoe exist for older people?. XXII Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (pp. 1-1). South Africa: International Society of Biomechanics.


More than 80% of older people report foot problems and, as a result, tend to wear unstructured footwear that moulds to the shape of their deformed feet. While these unstructured shoes are deemed comfortable, it has been speculated that they contribute to home falls and hip fractures in the older population [1]. However, as walking barefoot or in socks has also been associated with an increased risk of falls in older people [2], we need to design safe but comfortable shoes for older people to wear in and around the home.