Should I try them?
i know people tend to dismiss them due to the brand name, but have you looked at Skechers GoRun's? you absolutely can not heel strike in them, i was dubious when i got some (impulse buy at an expo) but i'm on my 3rd pair now, i absolutely love them, they are so comfortable, very very light weight and very responsive, not expensive either, I know a few marathon and ultra runners who use them too, its certainly not a shoe for everyone, but its worth looking into.
You don't need Newtons to change your form. You can change your form in any shoes, or with no shoes at all. The advantage of Newtons for transitioning is that their full range has a low heel-to-toe drop (4mm-0mm), which means that the heel won't get in the way of you midfoot striking, as it might in a shoe with a very built up heel (like a Kayano, for example).
Try your new balance minimus for a bit, and then decide if you want to upgrade. Doing some drills will help you with your form. Newton suggest it takes about 6 weeks to transition (in their or other shoes). If you want to change your form you do need to be thinking about form when you run, but the point is that by training your body it will eventually become second nature and you won't have to think about it any more.
yes they are very very flexible, you can scrunch them up with one hand very easy,
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