Carbon fibre plated shoes help minimise energy loss during the toe bend phase of the gait cycle and reduce the work done by muscles, ligaments and tendons. Foam compresses and expands faster, therefore returning more energy, with a carbon plate. A carbon plate can also help stabilise the ankle and reduce rotational forces. The load on calf muscles is reduced and that helps reduce fatigue during running and may help improve recovery time. Carbon plated shoes can be beneficial for training runs and races.