Foot strength, running style and running shoes; what should you believe?

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Foot strength, running style and running shoes; what should you believe?

Running shoes and which is the best for you has never been as confusing as it is today. Vibram who recently settled a lawsuit against them pushed us into a new era of shoe designs, also known as minimalist. What many people found out is that one type of running shoe may benefit some but not all, as we are all built differently. The debate on whether they made false claims depends on who loves or hates the shoe, however, there is no known criteria to determine who would do best as minimalist, or as someone who has a full running shoe of traditional design.

New research suggests that less support does indeed have a positive effect on the foot musculature. There is no rule against using an insert with a minimalist shoe, as I have done to good effect with many runners. A recent blog post explains why perhaps, less shoe can be better for many of us instead of a full fledged motion control shoe, which can be like running in bricks.

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For foot strength, less is more