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Archive for Running Shoes


February 17th, 2012

Why Most Runners Heel Strike

Most runners heel strike. It’s not good for them.

But, there is some good news. It’s not their fault.

Do you know why?

Still don’t know?  Take a look at your shoes.  That’s right.  Most of the time, shoes are responsible.

You’re Trying to Tell Me That Shoes Are Responsible For Heel Striking?

Yep.

And You’re Also Trying to Tell Me That Heel Striking is Bad

Yep.

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February 10th, 2012

How to Choose the Best Running Shoes For You (Part II)

The Minimalist Solution

As the running shoe industry blossomed in the 1970’s and 80’s, the difference between the heel and the front of the shoe started to creep up. Fast forward to now, running shoes have heels rising up to 15 millimeters above the front of the shoe. It’s not exactly a four-inch high heel, but if you take a look at the average running shoe, you’ll notice there is a pretty steep incline from front to back.

In the last few years, a new kind of running shoe has become popular. It’s known as the minimalist, or barefoot shoe (For my purposes, I’m going to treat them as separate styles, although the niche is new and some refer to the two terms interchangeably.) Most minimalist shoes have up to a 5 millimeter rise, toe-to-heel, although some have none. True barefoot shoes always have none, hence the name “zero drop”. Now, I’m generalizing a bit with the previous numbers because there are exceptions, but generally, the rule you should follow is the closer you can get to having a flat shoe, the better.

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February 8th, 2012

How to Choose the Best Running Shoes For You (Part I)

So you’ve decided you need some new running shoes?

Good.

Most people keep using running shoes way after they’ve broken down. And most people will tell you that this is because the cushioning wears out. That’s true, but it’s not as big of a deal as you’ve been led to believe. If it were, every single barefoot runner would get injured so often that the movement wouldn’t exist.

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