Minimalist Running by the Numbers

You may also like...

10 Responses

  1. the emperors new shoes says:

    I’m not convinced my minimalist shoes last for less time than others. In lots of ways they are longer lasting – there are no medial posts or gel bits to wear out. You can just keep on wearing them. Where’s your evidence?

  2. This information comes primarily from the manufactures and my own wear testing. The biggest wear area in a pair of shoes is generally the EVA. Since there is less EVA, that typically means the cushion will not last for as many miles.

  3. Chris says:

    Or get a nice pair of racing flats to train in and get 1000+ miles out of them

  4. Chris, is there any chance that is what you do? I have thought about that, but I would think the upper would eventually break down.

  5. Troll Pole says:

    EVA doesn’t break down (unless you’re worn through the outsole). It compresses (and loses it’s cushion-ability. But if you’re in minimal running shoes, that’s less of an issue, as there is less cushioning.

    I can’t imagine retiring a shoe after 275 miles. I would be buying shoes every month. At least 500 miles or more, and I’m sure I’ve gone as high as 1000. And I train in the kinvara, free, and pureflow, and previously the green silence.

    Back when I used traditional trainers, I would replace them more often, because the medial post would break down.

    I think the manufacturers numbers are good for one thing — getting you to buy more shoes. Do you also get your oil changed every 3 months or 3000 miles, whichever comes first?

  6. That is correct, EVA condenses, breaking down is just another way of saying that. When the cushioning condenses and runners continue to run in the shoes, they sometimes get shin splits or other minor injuries. That is because most people run the same as when the shoes were new as when they had 300,50,1000 miles on them. When the shoe is no longer able to take the impact, your body begins to take that impact.

    If you can get 500 or 1000 miles out of a shoe, I say keep doing what you are doing! Most runners can’t do that without having some sort of pain.

    Yes, shoe companies want to sell shoes and I don’t fault that for them. In the end, they have to balance what is best for the runner and sales to allow them to produce new shoes with new innovations in the future. It’s not always an exact science, that is why some shoe manufactures are successful and some are not. Some get it, some don’t.

  7. ac nole says:

    New mim shoes are a hell off a lot cheaper than new knees.

  8. barefootbill says:

    I have found the best minimalist running shoe to be the Invisible Shoe. It comes the closest to duplicating running barefoot. I still prefer running totally barefoot, but when I need a shoe, rocky trail etc., nothing compares with the Invisible Shoe. And the price is great! $25 for the 4mm and $30 for the 6mm……where else can you find a great shoe for $25/$30. They are also fun to wear as a daily shoe and super durable.

  9. Justin says:

    Or you could actually learn how to run? In a way that protects the joints and not abuses them. Shoes with excess EVA just reduce the foots ability to feel where it is and therefore the brain tells it to come down harder to find a stable platform, causing injury in the long term. Want a good shoe? Water shoes at £5 a go, nearly no padding underfoot, my current pair are at 400 miles and going strong. The ITB problems I had are a thing of the past. People just need to learn to run well…

  10. Justin, that is awesome you can get away using water shoes. I was hiking a 14’er 2 weeks ago and saw someone hiking barefoot. Most people were using hiking shoes, but it goes to show you there are all kinds of people with all kinds of preferences. There is not one solution for all people in running, hiking, or most other consumer products for that matter.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.