Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratories

Shoe Design and Testing Research

The OBL is involved in research that deals with footwear design and product evaluation. A description of a number of significant project accomplishments can be found below.



The OBL has worked with Wolverine Boots and Shoes to develop Wolverine Durashocks Footwear, a sock liner designed to absorb impacts and dissipate impact forces, while providing the wearer with comfort and durability. Because of this research and test evaluations done at the OBL, this cutting-edge footwear technology has become the cornerstone of many current Wolverine products.

Figs. 1 and 2 are parts of a brochure that highlights the OBL's work on Wolverine boots and shoes. Figs. 3 and 4 were produced by Wolverine to describe how the Durashock Technology has been implemented into current products. Click on each picture to view a larger image.

The OBL also works with Merrell® and Hush Puppies® brand shoes, two divisions of Wolverine Boots and Shoes, to produce durable and reliable trail and casual shoes for consumers worldwide. Merrell's Air Cushion® Midsole and other technologies have brought the company to the forefront of the outdoor footwear market. Hush Puppies are the premier casual shoe producer, creating comfortable and stylish shoes for the global market for the last fifty years.

Balance and pressure analysis at the OBL using an AMTI Force Plate and the VICON Motion Capture System

Related Links and Information

WLNS TV-6, a television station based in Lansing, Michigan, presented a comprehensive news report on various aspects of shoe research at the OBL. Click here to view this broadcast.

Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratories
Attn: Dr. Roger Haut
East Fee Hall
965 Fee Road, Room A-407
East Lansing, MI 48824
phone:(517) 355-0320
email: haut@msu.edu

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