I need a new pair. I have Asics right now and their decent. Nothing spectacular but I feel they're better shoes out their for me. I have high arches due to a muscular dystrophy and I can't get insert because my toes won't fit into the shoes without being jammed. (I have hammertoes too) I'm not about to fork out a couple hundreds for specially made shoes especially since I use the shoes a lot and get worn out pretty fast. What has been a good, reliable running shoe for with minimal discomfort?
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I work for New Balance athletic shoes, so I may be a little bias.. but.. I've been a barefoot running fanatic long before my start at NB.
The New Balance Minimus Zero. It provides little padding, so your first week of running will probably feel a little hard (your foot might feel a little bruised, but this will go away quickly). It's lure is that it gives all the benefits of barefoot running with all the protection from rocks, glass and other sharp objects that you need.
It's called the Minimus Zero because the toe heights and heels heights have a 0mm difference. This is unusual in a shoe, in that most shoes provide a 7mm or larger difference in height between the heel and the toe-- this is why shoe running usually results in a heel strike and why barefoot running usually results in a midstrike.
The Minimus series was made in collaboration with Vibram (the creators of the vibram fivefinger-- which also has a 0mm differential-- BUT is not going to slip on your toes well with hammer toes) and was designed to meet the needs of barefoot runners who want all the benefits of barefoot running without the scraped up toes.
So the Minimus Zero MT00 (Minimus Trail Zero) is my suggestion. It has a 0mm drop and it's extremely light weight. It's also a very stylish shoe, if that matters to you. The MT00 is the lightest athletic shoe out there and specifically designed with trail running in mind. The MR00 (Minimus Road Zero) offers a little more protection, and a little more weight, specifically designed for the road runner. If your main concern is efficiency, get the Minimus Trail. If you are scared about bruised feet (which is really minor, but nonetheless a comfort issue I bring it up only to be accurate and address your minimal discomfort goal) then go with the extra padding of the Minimus Road.
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