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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of runners and walkers and their shoes (n = 208)

From: Is consumer behaviour towards footwear predisposing for lower extremity injuries in runners and walkers? A prospective study

Characteristic N (%) Mean (SD)
Age (years)   49.97 (11.6)
Sex (female) 98 (47.1%)  
BMI (kg/m2)   21.84 (2.5)
Level of running/walking
 Recreational 199 (95.7%)  
 Competitive 9 (4.3%)  
 Professional 0  
Place of acquisition
 Sports shop 165 (79.3%)  
 Shoe shop 24 (11.5%)  
 Shop not specialized in selling shoes 7 (3.4%)  
 Via internet 2 (1.0%)  
 Via sports club 1 (0.5%)  
 Other 9 (4.3%)  
Undergoing a gait analysis and buying prescribed shoes adapted to the results
 No gait analysis, no prescribed shoes 133 (63.9%)  
 No gait analysis, prescribed shoes 6 (2.9%)  
 Gait analysis, no prescribed shoes 12 (5.8%)  
 Gait analysis, prescribed shoes 57 (27.4%)  
 Second-hand buy 0 (0%)  
 Average price of shoes (euro)   125.75 (43.0)
 Influenced by advice of others 134 (64.4%)