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    Barefoot-shoes that holds well against asphalt

    Hello, I'm looking to buy a new pair of minimalist-shoes and this time I want a pair I will use mostly for asphalt-running. I've noticed that my Vibram KSO got affected quite alot when I used them alot on asphalt, so this time I want to get a pair of shoes thats very tough and also toe-less so I could use regular socks in them.

    I will save my FiveFinger's lifespan by only using them for 'luxury-runs' in the nature instead.


    Does anyone have any thoughts about Merrel, VivoBarefoot etc? Name some good shoes and I'll see if I could get them from the nearby store.

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    I'd look for some zero drop shoes with a little cushion if you are running on pavement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowcooker View Post
    I'd look for some zero drop shoes with a little cushion if you are running on pavement.
    This.

    I have worked in a running store the past two years and I cannot tell you how many people have came in with debilitating lower extremity injuries due to running on asphalt with barefoot shoes. My quick response: it's totally unnatural. The premise of barefoot running is great. Our ancestors did it. That's all good and well. But unfortunately, many fail to make the connection that asphalt wasn't around when our ancestors were indeed using their own foot padding to run around on the prairie or savannah. The bottom line is that your body is not structured to handle the impact of barefoot running on synthetic/unnatural surfaces. That being said, if you want to go for a zero-drop shoe with some cushioning to it, the saucony virrata is a great new option, as well as the new NB minimus road shoe.

    Myself, I don't run on asphalt at all. After two years of ticking off 70-80 miles a week on asphalt, I had enough. Despite wearing traditional trainers, I was still aching all over. I now opt for wearing barefoot shoes strictly on trails when I do run. I recommend the merrel trail glove, but there are certainly many great ones out there.

    Of course, I have seen very rare cases where someone has superhuman bone strength runs on asphalt with barefoot shoes with no problems. Good for them - though I will admit, they appear to be in pain while running and are constantly adjusting their gait. Anyhow, I don't mean to shoot down your aspirations, but my experience has shown that 99% of the time, wearing barefoot shoes on the asphalt leads to problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future_PB_Dr View Post
    I have worked in a running store the past two years and I cannot tell you how many people have came in with debilitating lower extremity injuries due to running on asphalt with barefoot shoes.
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    but my experience has shown that 99% of the time, wearing barefoot shoes on the asphalt leads to problems.
    Keep in mind that only the barefoot runners with injuries are coming into your store looking for shoes. Those without problems are not included in your sample/experience since they're not in your store buying shoes. Also, you can not be sure their injuries were completely due to their choice of footwear and not due to some aspect of their training (too much too soon) or a combination thereof.

    I'm sure you also see plenty of runners who regularly wear shoes coming to the shop with debilitating lower extremity injuries. It's the nature of running, especially competitive running. The percentage of injured shoe wearers will seem smaller to you because the sample size is different. Runners who wear shoes, whether injured or not, will all visit your shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceKaren View Post
    Keep in mind that only the barefoot runners with injuries are coming into your store looking for shoes. Those without problems are not included in your sample/experience since they're not in your store buying shoes. Also, you can not be sure their injuries were completely due to their choice of footwear and not due to some aspect of their training (too much too soon) or a combination thereof.

    I'm sure you also see plenty of runners who regularly wear shoes coming to the shop with debilitating lower extremity injuries. It's the nature of running, especially competitive running. The percentage of injured shoe wearers will seem smaller to you because the sample size is different. Runners who wear shoes, whether injured or not, will all visit your shop.
    You make a very good point, Karen. This is something I did not think of. I suppose I was bringing my own bias into it too much. Personally, running on trails in barefoot shoes is infinitely more comfortable than running on asphalt in the same shoes. Additionally, the scenery is much more rewarding . Regardless, I did not consider that most of the barefoot runners coming into my store with injuries are coming in for that very reason alone, thus skewing the sample from which I am making assumptions.

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    I blew out the New Balance MT00 very quickly, much faster than VFFs.
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    i haven't tried the merrell street gloves, but they look like they would be good for asphalt running. new balance has a minimalist pair with decent soles too. i've been wearing out the soles on trail runners on sidewalks and streets too, but i've been seeing more options at my local running store. it looks like even Brooks is getting in on the game...still lots of tech to the shoes, but they're simpler and with little to no heel drop.

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    I like the Merrels but not nearly as minimalist as VFF.
    Have you done any actual Barefoot Running?
    Running as if you were Barefoot you shouldn't wear your shoes out. At least not quickly

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    there are other styles of vibrams that have slightly different soles
    But I did a lot of running on the road in my KSOs for over a year and no wear yet.

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