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trending towards minimalism. Shoe manufactures are cashing in on the movement
(Fila Skeletoes) or rethinking assumptions about shoe function and building
from the ground up (New Balance Minimus). Christopher McDougall’s bestseller, Born to Run, has motivated thousands to
kick off the foot coffins and hit the streets “naturally”. Zealous minimalist
runners preach dumping shoes altogether while moderates assert less is more
when trying to run “naturally”.
following themes (1) heel striking is bad (2) less shoe = less injuries (3)
trails over road (natural over man-made). After wearing different manufactures
and comparing the wear on them when I retiring a pair I discovered I heel
strike with shoes that have a drop of 6mm or greater. While heel striking my knees hurt and my stride
over commits (read as: gets longer) and I feel more fatigued at the end. Lower drop shoes (flatter) have helped me shorten my stride, run further, and stay stronger.
traverse hundreds of kilometers on beer and Chia seeds? Si señor. I read Born to Run like everyone else and what
I gleaned from it was: GET OUTSIDE.
has been to demystify “running” by showing that there are as many ways of doing
it right as there are people. Whenever I am asked my opinion on “toe shoes” or
minimalist shoes generally say to do what works. If they feel better in a “minimal”
shoe and it keeps them injury free and smiling, do it. If you want to try it
out for possible performance gains, transition slowly. Any info beyond that
point is an experiment of one.