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I know someone who ran a marathon in those last fall.
Running is only bad for your joints if you have previous joint damage
I went to watch my wife finish a half marathon a couple of months ago. I saw one guy finishing barefoot, carrying his glove shoes. His feet looked pretty blistered up. That's all I got, I've never tried them.
I saw a guy running the Chicago marathon barefoot. No glove shoes or anything. Just skin and pavement.
He said he does all his runs barefoot. In Chicago... on concrete. His feet were probably pretty nasty.
I'm signing in to agree with the zero drop concept and recommending Born to Run. It does appear that traditional running shoes change your natural running posture, and that can have negative effects on your feet, knees, etc.
I'm not a big time runner, but I am running my first half next weekend in Newtons.
Very interested to hear about your thoughts on the Newtons. Did you get the ones with the big lugs on the bottom? I tried some out at Fleet Feet a few weeks ago and they are pretty weird. It lets you know right away if you're heel striking.
I am interested in trying them out, but they are also very expensive. (Supposedly they last longer... which sounds like marketing BS)
The price tag has kept me away from Newton's since they came out . $150-$175 for a running shoe that needs to be replaced in 3-6 months depending on mileage?? No thanks but I am interested in mid strike instead of heal
My regular running shoes are Asics, but I have a pair of Vibram 5 fingers that I've been using to mix it up...I usually wear them about 20% of my runs. No ill effects, a good change of pace. Perhaps they "teach" me to run with better posture when I'm wearing regular shoes, but I'm not smart enough to know the difference.
They make you look like a complete dork, so be prepared to swallow your pride if you plan on using them.
How stupid they look is reason enough to not wear them no matter how great for you they are.
I know, because the first thing I think about when purchasing shoes or clothing is how other dudes think I look in them.
if I'm not mistaken, in the born to run book they put tire treads on the mexican's feet when they came to run in the u.s. and they used leather at home.
i bought my first pair in 2008, but i don't run in them any longer. i've run plenty of long distances in them, most notably a half marathon in 2010. i've since switched to other minimal shoes in which i've run another half marathon and the 25k in GR, along with a few triathlons.
the key for me is that i run with way better form and prefer the flexibility and feel of minimal shoes to traditional shoes. after i made the switch i put my old asics gel nimbus on and felt like i was fighting the shoe with every step. it took me two years of focus and effort to really get my form where it needs to be for every step of every run. but now i do not have any hip tightness or soreness, which was something that plagued me during my training for the 2008 detroit (full) marathon i did in conventional shoes.
they're not the only way to run properly, but i'm always amazed when people can run properly in more conventional shoes. i don't get much into the thousands of years without shoes stuff. that's noise.
i run in skora shoes, and i wear vivobarefoot for my every day shoe.
Aqua Lite Mens from VIVOBAREFOOT. With our original 3mm sole for maximum proprioception and protection, the Aqua Lite proves that less is more
I've said it before but when I see professional distance runners in these I will start to pay attention.
This country was built by people who worked hard then went home and had just a few too many every night. Then went back to work.
I really like the Newtons. Mine do have lugs, though not as big as other styles.
I've probably put about 50+ miles on them so far with about 75% of those miles on easy trail, and my feet and knees are much happier already. With my other shoes, I developed significant arch soreness and was developing regular knee pain after running. Those pains are now gone as of a week or two ago.
My wife, who has pelvic instability, swears by her Newtons. She can not run long in any other shoe before problems develop for her.
Yeah, the price tag sucks (we've been paying about $110–125 for ours), but they sure seem to work for us. My wife isn't a huge runner, but even then she is replacing them at least every six months.
They told me at Fleet Feet that Newtons last 500-700 miles vs. 300-400 miles for conventional shoes.
I think they were reacting to my look of shock when they told me they cost $175.
As a dentist, I see them having no ill effects on periodontal disease.
hoke- to alter or manipulate so as to give a deceptively or superficially improved quality or value.
Depends on what kind of pros you're talking about. Track/speed runners all wear spikes or flats on race day, even the 10k runners. (Check out Mo's shoes for the 10k at the London Olympics).
Many pro/elite marathoners wear very minimal/lightweight racing shoes on race day but train in heavier/cushioned shoes. There is some logic in switching to a lighter shoe on race day, which makes you feel faster.
I'm not too sure that what works for Pro/Elite runners is necessarily appropriate for a recreational runner. A pro runner can be training 100 miles a week or more, and likely is getting boxes of free shoes from sponsors.
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