The primary aim of the Footwear Biomechanics Group is to provide a forum for those interested in biomechanical aspects of clinical, athletic and other kinds of functional footwear. The group was informally established as a Working Group on Functional Footwear in July 1993 during the XIV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in Paris. In August 1997, the ISB Council granted the group formal status as the ISB Technical Group on Footwear Biomechanics. The group adopted the current logo and the name in 2005.

The group aims to encourage research and promote discussion of biomechanical issues related to functional footwear, including sports shoes, clinical and prescription footwear and footwear designed for special purposes. For this purpose, the FBG decided to organize biennial meetings parallel to the meeting of the ISB.

Past meetings include:

  • 2011 Tübingen, Germany
  • 2009 Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 2007 Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2005 Cleveland, USA