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6/14/13 12:02 P

Interesting in that the current research with which I am familiar contrasts with your exerience. You may be an exception but most of the anecdotal evidence with which I am aware also indicates that minimalist and or barefoot working out and running is beneficial. The feet have muscles and any muscle not used up to or beyond it capabilities will atrophy and get weak.

We each have to choose what is best for ourselves and for me minimalist or barefoot is the way which I find best for me.

WAYCAT Posts: 1,012
6/14/13 11:11 A

SergeantMajor wrote:

" I have Goodwilled all my over engineered, over padded and over priced "running" shoes. When I run in this style of shoe I run naturally with a fore to mid foot strike, no pronation problems and as a result have stronger and injury free feet."

I fully respect your opinion and your choice of footwear.

However, for me I have tried various shoes in the past, have tried working out in bare feet (not running, but DVDs at home), and have always ended up with injuries.

Since wearing proper running shoes and having them fitted by a professional, I have been far more comfortable both while working out and also going about my normal, day to day activities. It has been so good and such a relief to finally be injury free and I for one will not be attempting bare foot workouts ever again.

WAYCAT Posts: 1,012
6/14/13 11:07 A

CHEETARA79 wrote:

" How do the 13s compare? I really love Brooks."

They're so comfortable and light - and fit my foot perfectly. I think they are a bit lighter than the 12s, but apart from that pretty much the same as far as fit and feel goes.

When I've had them a few weeks and have put a few miles on them, then hopefully I'll be better able to compare them as concerns performance, cushioning, etc...

6/14/13 10:45 A

I just purchased my third pair of shoes with toes and no padding, this time the Adidas brand. I have Goodwilled all my over engineered, over padded and over priced "running" shoes. When I run in this style of shoe I run naturally with a fore to mid foot strike, no pronation problems and as a result have stronger and injury free feet.

CHEETARA79 Posts: 3,943
6/14/13 7:06 A

What a coincidence! I had the GTS 12s as well for over a year. It was time for a new pair and they still had the old model GTS 12s in stock. So I just got another pair. How do the 13s compare? I really love Brooks.

WAYCAT Posts: 1,012
6/13/13 11:50 P

CHEETARA79 wrote:

"Don't leave us hanging, what shoes did you get???"

Ha! Ha! Sorry about that omission - guess I should have thought to mention it!

They are a pair of Brooks GTS 13 shoes - I had GTS 12 before and both have been great for me.

HEALER1 Posts: 1,145
6/13/13 4:56 P

I have a love/sad relationship with new shoes; I love getting them and how great properly fitting new shoes feel. But I'm sad cause I'm retiring my old reliable, did right by me shoes.

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6/13/13 1:07 P

I purchase a new pair of shoes every 4 to 5 months based on how many miles I run per week. I can pretty much tell when I require a new pair, they soles get squishy.

KURS10B Posts: 5,106
6/13/13 11:46 A

I am still wearing last years shoes, but thinking its about time to get a new pair. I only run in the summer, so they don't have tons of mileage on them.
I second going to a store and getting fitted.

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6/13/13 11:39 A

That is some excellent advice!!

CHEETARA79 Posts: 3,943
6/13/13 11:38 A

Don't leave us hanging, what shoes did you get???

WAYCAT Posts: 1,012
6/13/13 10:18 A

Well, this week I finally thought "Enough is enough" and did something I should have done several weeks ago - replaced my old worn out running shoes. No excuses for not doing it earlier - just lack of time and opportunity really.

I am fortunate in that I have a small independent running shop near me and I have used it for the last two pairs of shoes I bought. So I went back there, and have to say that, as before, the level of personal service and advice was second to none.

By gait was tested by me running on a treadmill. I was filmed from behind so I was able to view my run on the TV screen, and in slow motion too so I was able to see a detailed view of how my foot falls. I'm a slight over-pronator, and so the man who owns the shop tried five pairs of shoes on me before we got a pair that were just right - the same pair as my old ones, just the updated version.

I went for an 8 mile run in my new shoes this morning and they felt great - no blisters or rubbing, no pains, no aches, no tightness in my feet or legs - a sure sign that my shoes are right for me.

So my message is for anyone who runs or is considering starting, if you can afford it, a good properly measured and fitted pair of shoes is a must as far as I'm concerned - and a local shop, where you get personal service and great advice, is surely the best place to go.

Just my opinion here - hope it helps someone on some way!

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