The System 596: New Shoes, Same Feet
Have you ever ran in those running shoes with all the toes and no shoe support? I did and I can say that it was interesting, but I don’t recommend it. I think I got a stress fracture in my left foot (I may be exaggerating, I’m not sure), but that’s probably because I didn’t ease in like they tell you to. Yes, I should’ve, but I didn’t. Also, my “stride” is exactly the wrong kind of stride for these shoes, because I land with my heel (which is “bad for you” according to half the Internet, and “okay fine” with the other half) and not the ball of my foot. Alas.
Those shoes do have the added bonus of making you look like a douche when you’re just out and about and wearing them, so at least I have that to look forward to.
UPDATE: Listen, here’s the deal with me and running. You ask for advice on the best ways to do it and you get a million different answers. My very wise girlfriend was taught that whatever your natural stride is you shouldn’t try to change it because you might hurt yourself. Others say you should because there’s a “right” way to do it and you should do it that way. I only run about twice a week for about 3-5 miles, so I’m going to just keep running the way I was running, and maybe I’ll try those shoes out again in a few weeks when my foot feels better.