What is QFormยฎ Comfort?

03 October 2022

Merrell tech explained.

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Womenโ€™s feet are biomechanically different from menโ€™s feet, and surprisingly the many differences are often ignored, resulting in ill-fitting, uncomfortable shoes for women.

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So, besides being shorter and narrower, how do womenโ€™s feet differ from menโ€™s? Well, they tend to have a lower instep height, and often have a slimmer heel.

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Plus, both men and women have an area just below the hip called the Q-Angle (between the quadriceps and patellar tendon) which leans on a slightly greater angle for women than men and increases the pressure on a womanโ€™s hips, knees and back. This added pressure can result in pain and discomfort when walking.

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This is why Merrell teamed up with Sport Biomechanics, Inc., a leading sports medicine organisation, to design a midsole that would deliver stride-specific cushioning for female feet. We aptly named the new technology QFormยฎ Comfort, to acknowledge the significance of the female Q-Angle and the impact that it can have on comfort levels.

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I can hear you asking: How exactly does the QFormยฎ Comfort technology work?

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Hereโ€™s a breakdown:

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1. As you walk, Merrell Air Cushionยฎ in the heel absorbs shock and centres the heel on contact for added stability.

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2. A firm, supportive area in the midsole keeps foot centred.

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3. A second supportive area in the midsole keeps foot centred as you lift it.

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4. The soft region provides cushioning as you push off and take the next step.

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5. Cushioning in the toe area equally distributes your weight and pressure as you walk.

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Discover Merrellโ€™s QFormยฎ comfort technology and enjoy a greater, more personalised comfort. Many of our shoes feature the unique technology; explore the range below!

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By Hannah Begg

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EXPLORE THE QFORMยฎ RANGE:

Womenโ€™s Captiva Buckle-Down Waterproof

Womenโ€™s Mimosa Lace

Womenโ€™s Barrado

Womenโ€™s Micca

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