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Old 06-22-2013, 03:39 PM   #1
Carl Mankiewicz
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Minimalist shoes

Just curious what the CF community's thoughts are on the minimalist footwear phenom. I've gone back and forth in the past few years, and given CFs propensity for proper form, I was curious where the community generally stands.
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:22 PM   #2
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Re: Minimalist shoes

The phenom IMO is the need for fancier & fluffier soles, soles with hard rubber shocks at the heels, zig zagged soles, etc. I can't help but laugh at some the shoes that are marketed for the hard core athlete today.

I train barefoot when/where ever I'm allowed & when it's practical to do so. That being said my opinion is favorable regarding minimalist shoes not only for fitness training but for every occasion under the sun.

FYI - I'm a big fan of the New Balance Minimus line and the Vibrams 5 finger.
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:07 AM   #3
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Re: Minimalist shoes

I have Vibram 5 fingers and wear them all the time in the summer. I love em, just dont wear em other times because i dont wear socks with em. For everyday i wear my Nanos, i like minimalist shoes just because theyre more comfortable for me personally. The only drawback is running, i LOVE my nanos but i dont run more than 400m in them because its rough on my knees. Granted my form is probably far from perfect, but still. When i run longer now, i wear Nike Frees which are still considered less than "normal" shoes.
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:40 AM   #4
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Re: Minimalist shoes

The big thing to take into consideration is alignment of knees and ankles, especially when lifting heavy. I have super flat feet, so I supinate pretty bad. I like flat soled shoes because I'm more grounded and the squishy shoes tend to steal some power. That's why lifting shoes are solid sole and lifting should be done are a hard surface. To maximize power transfer. All that being said, I'm aware of my alignment and role my feet outward to ensure proper alignment (toes out/knees out). Think internal/external rotation of Tibia (valgus). I've had 2 knee surgeries this past year on the same knee. I got injured overseas. So all this scientific stuff is important to me and my rehab. I'm a barefoot runner and will wear 5 Fingers when on sketchy terrain to protect my feet. Proper running form is key. If you're a heal striker, you won't dig minimalist shoes. If you run properly, mid-foot to fore foot, minimalist shoes are great! In conclusion...I dig NB Minimus.
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:28 AM   #5
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Re: Minimalist shoes

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Just curious what the CF community's thoughts are on the minimalist footwear phenom. I've gone back and forth in the past few years, and given CFs propensity for proper form, I was curious where the community generally stands.
As noted above, if you run properly in the minimalist shoes they are great. I like the Inov-8 Bare-XF 210. It's designed for CF, zero differential height, and has plenty of room in the toe box.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:20 AM   #6
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Re: Minimalist shoes

I absolutely love my New Balance Minimus Road Zeros. I think they have been discontinued, but I may scoop up some closeouts. I used the Vibram Five Finger Bikila before that, but they were a bit rough on longer runs (4 miles +) for me.. plus dealing with toe socks got old.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:09 PM   #7
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I absolutely love my New Balance Minimus Road Zeros. I think they have been discontinued, but I may scoop up some closeouts. I used the Vibram Five Finger Bikila before that, but they were a bit rough on longer runs (4 miles +) for me.. plus dealing with toe socks got old.
Not discontinued, just changed colors (wfs) . And they are getting the V2 treatment sometime late this year or early next year, too; a photo just showed up in a trade publication last week, though no other info is available yet.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:37 PM   #8
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Re: Minimalist shoes

I'm a huge fan of the minimalist shoes. I'm currently using Nike Free Run 2 and I love them. I wouldn't suggest them to new runners (mostly heel strikers) but after lower leg conditioning, learning the mid/front foot running form, etc. minimalist is the way to go.
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:05 PM   #9
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Not discontinued, just changed colors (wfs) . And they are getting the V2 treatment sometime late this year or early next year, too; a photo just showed up in a trade publication last week, though no other info is available yet.
Ahh, good to know. Thanks Ben. I hope they don't change much in the next version.
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:25 PM   #10
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Re: Minimalist shoes

I used to wear vibram 5 fingers when they first came out. They were ok, but I definitely didn't feel that comfortable running in them and they always smelled pretty bad a few wearings after a wash. I got new balance minimus shoes next and I like them so much more. They still have the minimalist feel and they are super light but give you way more support
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