I just ordered this black pair of New Balance trail running shoes, and the gum outsole has a LONG “tab” where the sole extends out past the heel.
This is a common design in trail running and hiking shoes. New Balance tends to make them an additional “style” flair and makes them a different color so it really stands out.
Their Shando shoe really has it highlighted.
A lot of different brands have this little part that juts out the back, but some, like Hoko, make it look more unified into the midsole.
I have an older pair of Adidas hiking hightops that have a chunky one that sticks out.
Obviously this serves some purpose but the people who buy the shoes don’t seem to know (The NB Shando has negative reviews where people complain it’s a trip hazard, especially on stairs).
What’s it called, and what’s it for?