Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Opinion: Minimalist Shoes

An article was posted that declared the minimalist movement was over: Runner's World article.

And a lot of people heralded the day, as they truly believed the minimalist movement was an industry creation meant to get people buying more and spending more time in physiotherapy/doctor's offices. If you think that was the result of the minimalist movement, that's unfortunate, because that's such a negative take on it.

My thoughts:

"Although I don't run in strict minimalist shoes, I still think the minimalist movement did much to create awareness, especially about 2 topics: cushioning and heel-to-toe drop. It got people questioning these 2 factors in their traditional shoes and what was ACTUALLY best for them. I ended up transitioning to something that was just as cushioned as my previous shoes but far, far less drop (4mm)."

i.e. It got quite a lot of people thinking outside of the cushioned, massive drop shoe box, and I say that's a GOOD THING!