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Old 10.10.2009, 12:32
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Re: Running shoes advice

I agree with the part that you need to buy shoes from a shop, and buy something that feels comfortable. I don't agree with the tech-speak though.

Specialist shoes/stores IMO are just marketing gimmicks; there is no scientific evidence that they reduce injury. In fact, because people who use "specialist" shoes are likely to pound their feet harder due to a false sense of safety, they could be worse off than ordinary shoe runners. But this is just the tip of the iceberg; and the jury is still out on the efficacy and safety of specialist running shoes.

Given this, while buying shoes I'd rather rely on my own common sense than that of the cute/blonde sales clerks selling specialist shoes.

Contradictory to the previous posters that running shoes should be preserved exclusively for running, I wear my shoes throughout the day (for office, for shopping, for catching the tram etc.), that way they begin to fit my feet perfectly, so I can run 10-12 hour in ultra-maras without skin chaffing, toes rubbing etc.

For me color is the deciding factor for final purchase. At best these "running shoes" are placebos, so I might as well buy a shape/color that I like.

As for the dilemma about over-pronation/under-pronation, I would say, just ignore it if you are running fine and without any specific discomfort/injury; if you look hard you will find a name for everything but that doesn't necessarily mean it means something significant. The wear pattern you noticed could just as well be a sign that you have been spending time out rather than on the couch, and that is a good sign.

I like Vibrams 5 fingers. I carry them in my beltpack during training runs in soft trails, where I prefer to go barefoot, and wear them when I hit rocky/asphalt patches. I think the same benefits can be obtained by cheap light-weight shoes, so long as you can find one.

Each to one's own.

For those that asked by pm: I am sure they are sold in Zurich; Ryffel Uster used to; One shop near Zug Bahnhof sells it for around 110 CHF at 25% discount. I bought mine during a trip to US at 80 USD which seems to be the normal price in US.

The thing is, most of us have lived and grown up in cities and plains wearing shoes all the time, so our feet are soft and can't stand rough surfaces. Vibrams just offers from skin protection; it is nothing as romanticized by the Vibrams website either. As with any drastic change, switching to barefoot running takes time, I am still getting used to it. In any case it seems a good strategy to alternate between different shoes, terrain, speed etc. but that is just my opinion.

Last edited by Niranjan; 29.01.2010 at 08:03.
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