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Jan 15Liked by Michael Easter

I love this post! I would love to hear or see you include data on whether the toe box matters as well. We see a trend with “anatomically” correct toe box shoes vs narrow box designs.

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Jan 15Liked by Michael Easter

Good stuff as always :) I am a maximal guy. I had a pair of zero drop Lone Peak Ultra's which I really liked but my feet just took a beating. Unless it's a heavy trail where I wear Hoka Speedgoats I have found that the Hoka Challenger AT is perfect for me. It's got some plush stack but not as much as say a Bondi. It also has trail lugs so you can go from pavement to moderate trail with the same shoe. For rucking I typically wear the Challenger since the trails I ruck on are mostly dirt, gravel and some rocks.

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Some other considerations on shoes is how long to wear them (mileage vs shoe condition); whether or not to wear different pairs through the week (does alternating help them last longer); and sock compatibility (what socks are best for a given run type). When it comes to running, it is all about the feet and lower legs. I would agree that most injuries are due to training and not necessarily gear which has been my experience...I sometimes have a tendency to overtrain. Especially now that I am nearly 62 and think I am 30. 🤷🏽‍♂️

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I have switched to (relatively) inexpensive Nikes this past year: one with near 0 drop for deadlifts and some kettlebell work and a very non-elite running shoe with a 10 mm drop that I find comfortable and use for pretty much everything else. This Christmas the missus got me the MACV-2 for rucking and the wide toe box was a revelation. I don’t mind alternating shoes for the task at hand. It’s all gear, not stuff, right?? 😉

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And one more important factor when it comes to shoes- when it is time to replace them! Most of us probably try to extend the life of them for as long as possible, but def should toss a pair of shoes when your feet are consistently starting to hurt when wearing them.

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I love wearing minimalist shoes (brand- xero) for everyday walking and short rucks with light weight, but absolutely will not use them for hard workouts and WODs (I go with altras or reebok nano). I do wear goruck shoes sometimes, absolutely hated nobulls and am so glad to hear crossfit is now a partner with goruck!

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I couldn’t quite tell from the article the role of the functional design of the shoe impact on injury. I would think a running shoe, which is designed to propel us forward would not be a great idea for powerlifting should require more stability. Perhaps another way of stating this: does specialization of shoe design matter?

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A really good page to follow to learn more about foot health is gait happens, a group of podiatrists based on Colorado, learned so much from them!

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