When making this transition many coaches suggest that you learn good form by going completely barefoot to begin with - once you learn how to run again then you can consider the option of which footwer to wear to make things a little easier. But certainly take it slow - I would say that it took me a full year to year and a half even, to be able to go all terrain. Now I'm two and a half years down the line injury free and loving the feeling of being barefoot!
Thanks all for the advice, I think I will go back to my Nike Pegasus until I get a transition shoe and slowly work towards the vivo barefoots
I just bought Saucony Kinvara 3s. They feel great, so light and comfy. Just a couple of runs 6k and 7k but no calf or foot pain. Only slightly tight legs the day after but that is to be expected after not running for 5 weeks. again thanks all for advice.
Sockwa G3 I find to be the most minimal and comfortable.
I've been looking at moving towards a natural shoe (barefoot scares me a bit!) and have been thinking of moving to 4mm drop with a bit of cushioning to allow so I can still complete long runs whilst adjusting. I do mainly midstrike at the moment so want to encourage that. I didn't realise there were so many 4mm shoes around! Kinvaras seem popular, any others that anyone thinks are worth a look? New Balance 10?
Thanks for the reply mordo. It is difficult to change as it is hard to really try the alternatives out. I want enough cushioning to help when legs are tired (latter stages of a long run) and running form becomes a little shabby but not too much. Personal choice I know but it is good to see what others are using.
Hi hellen. I saw you had suggested Sketchers on another thread. Brand did put me off at first but I will look at them as you seem very satisfied with their quality. Some of the main brands seem to be overpriced. You managed to move away from heel striking without problems? Did you scale back your running much?
Thanks for the reply!
Ah right, you've done amazingly well in altering your running style whilst maintaining the distances. A lot of advice is to scale right back but that doesn't appeal to me. Nice to know it can be done your way.
You are a running machine Hellen! I've bought some NB MT110 as they are fairly cheap in Sports Direct so will try them but I'm going to try the sketchers as well as along with your expreience of them they do get good reviews elsewhere. Just got to find where they are cheapest.............
wiggle did have them cheap but the ones I got for hubby seem to have gone now
There is no doubt that going from a traditional heel cushioned shoe to a vivobarefoot is a big step and there are shoes in the middle that may be more forgiving until your achilles and calf are used to being stretched out more each stride. We actually wriote a barefoot running shoes blog on our website which may help you out too.
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