Non-minimalist running shoes for the minimalist?
January 27, 2014 6:44 AM Subscribe
I love my minimalist shoes, but a few years ago I attempted to run in them and ended up with capsulitis in the joints in the ball of my left foot. Here I am a few years later and I want to try running again. Difficulty level: female, with wide feet.
posted by metarkest to Health & Fitness (21 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I wear minimalist shoes 99% of the time, and love them for everything - work, walking, hiking, biking, and working out at the gym. Occasionally I haul out my very non-minimalist Keen Targhee Mid II hiking boots to protect against the slop on the ground in the winter. I ran for the bus this morning in them, and it felt great.
FWIW, when I was injured I had started running slowly - as advised - and was very much adjusted to wearing minimalist shoes before I tried running in them. I was also starting my running regimen gently using C25K.
How can I find running shoes that give me that support and provide a wide toe box? I can wear small men's shoes since my shoe size is about 8.5-9 in US women's sizes (39-40 in European sizing), and my feet are not afraid to break the gender barrier.
I'm planning on going to a running store to chat with the folks there, too, but I don't want to be completely flummoxed. Specific shoe recommendations are welcome!
Thanks in advance for the help!