As somebody who does part of his training and running in minimalist shoes (mainly Skora Running), I wholehearted agree with this doctor. Running shoes are simply tools to help you run, and just like other tools, there are safe, responsible ways to use them—and reckless, dangerous ways to use them.
Minimalist shoes have allowed me to work on my running form, strengthen my feet and ankles and improve my balance. As a result, I am a better, faster, and most importantly, healthier runner than I was when I only ran in mainstream running shoes.
After training pretty much non stop for the past year and trying to wear as little shoe as possible, I felt it was time to switch things up a bit and try a bit ‘more’ shoe for my spring marathon. However, I still wanted a lower drop, and didn’t want the overly cushioned shoes that are trendy now.
In my ongoing search for the ‘perfect’ marathon shoe that balances comfort, lightweight and durability, I initially had my eyes set on the new Brooks Pure3 Cadence or Flow. However, I learned that my go-to shoe store, Running Room wasn’t going to carry them this spring. That news, combined with the fact that I had a 20% gift certificate for New Balance shoes from volunteering as a Sun Run InTraining clinic leader led me to give this popular brand a try.
After trying on several pairs of New Balance shoes at the Right Shoe store in Kits, including the New Balance 1080, I decided on the 890v4. It is a light-weight (8.5 oz) neutral shoe with a good balance of cushioning, protection, and durability. You can find my full review HERE.
What shoes are you going to wear for your next big race?
First Impressions of the New Balance 890v4 When I first saw the 890V4 in the store display I was skeptical. The mid-sole looked very pronounced, the upper looked busy and flashy, with a very padded tongue and collar. It looked like a heavy weight clunker of a shoe, instead of the sleek neutral … Continue reading