Great story and comments supporting gentle entry into this type of footwear. A
caution that hasn't been addressed is for grossly overweight people who put
on these shoes and expect miracles.
I've tried Five Fingers for some time, and decided it was quite what I
needed. I have taken regular shoes to 2,000 miles on a regular basis, and one
pair made it as far as 5,500 with no injuries. Five Fingers were fine at slow
speeds(7:00 mile), although they would fall apart after about 1000 miles. Adding
speed work (4:50-5:50 pace range) reduced the Five Fingers longevity to 700
miles, and gave me a heel irritation injury, which is remarkable, given my
history of resistance. I have had much better results with Crocs. $20 a pair at
Amazon, 7oz weight, feel like you are running barefoot on grass, 2,000 mile
longevity with speed work, zero injuries over the last 4 years, and they do stay
on even when sprinting. I've done a 200 in them as fast as 28.4 with no
incident. Perfect in the marathon - no blisters (unlike racing flats), and no
worries about shoe lace problems.
Dennis, exactly what would you propose as a name for people from BYU who are
performing research? Why do you object to the term "researchers" in
this context? It isn't even slightly misleading; it means exactly what it
says.KWheel, you're mischaracterizing what the article says.
It's the difference between men and women that wasn't statistically
significant in this study, not the trend towards having more edema.
I've been running for 40 years. I considered going barefoot and tried it
for short distances. However, I've never had problems with my feet, and I
decided to continue with what works for me.Barefoot runners and shoe
people have long recommended that runners change to minimalist shoes over
several months, and it's nice to know that scientists are reaching the same
conclusion. Thanks for the article!
So why bother reporting on something that isn't statistically significant?
Let's mislead readers for a whole article and then tell them at the end
that the experiment didn't support the hypothesis.
I ran five minutes the first day, took a day off, and the next time ran six
minutes. Running three times a week and adding a minute each run, it took a
couple of seasons to build up to real distance. Last year I ran a marathon in
Five Fingers.Patience has its rewards. My form is better, and my
Achilles tendonitis and IT band problems are gone. It's been very
"BYU researchers". Once again an article is trying to spin a dozen
students running around in Five Fingers bought by a professor and it's call
BYU researchers. Should we take the same scientific tact with medicine, the
environment and space exploration?
So, what the BYU research is saying, is follow the manufacturer's
instructions? Gee, what a novel approach. After all, Five Fingers makes it
very clear to start out with shorter distances for a few weeks, working up to
longer distances.Everyone I have talked to, who has followed the
Five Fingers advice, has made the transition with ease, and most have a strong
preference for the minimalist footwear.