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Shoe purchase: stay with old or go minimal

Red Rock2011-11-01 22:24:06 +0000 #1
I need another pair of trail shoes so I can give my other pair a break. At the same time, by doing this, it will extend the life of this current pair. I usually alternate between shoes.

I have used New Balance, just because that is what I'm used to using. I would rather stay with NB for consistancy. I have been looking at the 876 as the new addition. But if I go minimal, I would use the 101 or whatever is the "intro" to minimal running since this would be new for me. Yes, I am aware to work gradually into the minimal running shoes to give muscles a chance to adapt.

So my question is this: Should my next pair be minimal or the "old normal" shoes? Is it personal preference?

Thanks for helping me make this decision.

Red Rock/Ellen
jessmarimba2011-11-01 22:28:14 +0000 #2
I think it's personal preference, but I find that I have a hard time switching between styles of shoes (besides trail to road). Once my foot gets used to something new, the old shoe style just doesn't feel right any more. Right now I'm in the NB WT101s for almost any run, and I'll switch to a Saucony Kinvara for road runs over 6 or so miles, but I have an older but little-worn pair of Saucony something-with-more-support road shoes and I hate them now. I tried to use them on a few longer runs to see if they would help with some minor tendonitis issues and they did nothing for the tendonitis but just felt terribly awkward.
Red Rock2011-11-01 23:02:27 +0000 #3
Thanks Jess, I was wondering because of the whole minimalist movement and this would be an opportunity to move in that direction. My legs will be better for it as well.

Red Rock/ Ellen
Ursula7452011-11-01 23:07:51 +0000 #4
I love them for road. I have Vibrams I use for dance class. Kinvara's for walking/running. Regular shoes now hurt my feet. Kinvara is the minimalist shoe from Saucony. I have other Saucony's but now I cant stand them on my feet. They have too much support. I could not use the Vibrams for road running. They did hurt a little too much.
zoom-zoom2011-11-02 00:07:49 +0000 #5
I partially blame my ankle sprain last Summer on a pair of semi-bulky trail shoes. I'd been wearing Mizuno Wave Ascends, which aren't even far down the bulky spectrum, but the heels on those suckers are still pretty hard and unyielding. When I would land on roots hidden under leaves my foot would sort of see-saw on top of the root, instead of absorbing it...yeah, landing on a root in a more minimal shoe would have made the bottoms of my feet sore, but my ankles would have been protected more.

If/when I get back to running trails I am definitely going to look at something a bit less structured. NB's recent offerings intrigue me, in large part because NBs have generally fit me better than anything else (I have very wide feet).
Jolt2011-11-02 00:52:36 +0000 #6
Quote:

Originally Posted by Red Rock

Thanks Jess, I was wondering because of the whole minimalist movement and this would be an opportunity to move in that direction. My legs will be better for it as well.

Red Rock/ Ellen

Well, you know what I would recommend...minimal (or even barefoot) all the way! Just work into it gradually.
Realgone2011-11-01 23:09:23 +0000 #7
If you buy New Balance check out joesnewbalanceoultlet.com, they have factory seconds and previous year models at a big discount.
Red Rock2011-11-02 01:56:13 +0000 #8
Yeah, that was what I was thinking. I think I will go with the NB 101's. It looks like a good intro shoe. Now I have to put an order in someplace.

Red Rock

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