Perhaps I'm too impatient with my Vibrams. I know that you're supposed to build up to running what you normally run, but I've had mine for 3+ months and can still run nowhere near what I'm used to without getting shin pain and sporadic foot pain. This is probably because I push myself too hard every time I run. I'm not running everyday (because of the pain), but would like to be able to run to my full capability and I feel like these shoes hinder my performance. I think they are perfect for HIIT training and weight training, but not for endurance running. I'm sure that if I were to take the time to build up endurance with them than it would be different, but who knows how long that will take. I need to be active everyday, and the injuries I'm receiving from attempting to do so with the Vibrams just aren't worth it.
I'm looking to find another pair of minimalist running shoes with a bit more cushioning than the Virbams. If anyone would care to share their experiences with minimal footwear or recommend a pair I would greatly appreciate it!
Also I've been running on concrete/stadium tracks. Maybe switching to trails will make a difference.
JackG, FWIW the entire point of the "barefoot movement" is that you don't need cushioning/support. In fact, the point is that adding cushioning/support is like putting a limb (your foot) in a cast, which makes it weaker (through underuse), requiring further support/cushion in the future.
The other point that barefooters make is that, when you remove the cushion/support you can regain that strength and function. Along the way, pain can be a sign of either overuse (doing too much too soon), or improper form (see my post at www.invisibleshoe.com/blister) which, by looking for ways to eliminate the pain, can be corrected.
To suggest that you need support/cushioning for the repetitive motion of running (even on concrete) is to discount the experiences of tens of thousands of barefoot runners who have no problem putting in millions of miles (collectively) without a problem.
asics! aye carumba!!
right now im running in merrel road and trail glove and NB minimus MR00 for roads...and a pair of vivobarefoot breatho. i also like the look of the vivobarefoot aqua lite, and the vivobarefoot achilles running sandals...and ofcourse steven's invisia sandles look great! :D
a running flat is one thing, a fairly good thing...but stay away from 'supported shoes'. they are a world of trouble...much like pies or cakes! ..they might 'feel' comforting at the time, but not for long! ;)