If you don't need support then it's irrelevant if you're racing or training. There are plenty of people who train in flat, lightweight shoes.
M.ister W wrote (see)
I'm with you. I'm all for the minimal shoe. The problem is that as a relative beginner I went from Gel Nimbus 11s to a lightweight racing shoe, the Saucony A3 . After running in them for three weeks I discovered plantar fasciitis and knee pain. I'd never heard of PF before. My own fault obviously, but they felt fine for the first 4-5 runs. I didn't realise the pain was caused by the shoes and I thought it would go away like my other aches. It didn't.
So I'm approaching the move to minimal shoes in a different way. I'm progressing to a slightly lighter shoes every six months as I replace my old pair. The Nimbus was 375g, my New Balance 759s are 320g. I think the jump to 250g K-Swiss Ona's will have to wait a bit.
Anyone know of faster ways to strengthen my feet for minimal shoes?
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