I have some running shoes that even I would defend mightily: Saucony Kilkenny, Reebok Circa and VFF. So I guess I can appreciate a person that goes to bat for a shoe. At the same time, I am kinda happy that A.) someone would actually read my post and comment on it, and B.) that there are still people out there that are hostile to running barefoot even after the Born To Run bonanza.
Anyway, I figured I can answer some of HyperHorse's questions in the comment directly here, even though I really think we should all just go out for a run, shod or not, and that it is all good.
HH. How the hell are your feet & ankles holding up, now that you're running barefoot???TM. Well, it has been a relatively rough year. I broke two toes this year, but they were both really stupid moves, off road, in the midst of awesome runs. I must say they healed surprisingly quickly, and gave me an opportunity to enjoy my many bicycles to the max. My goal for each break was to come out of the injuries more fit than I went into them. I reached that goal for both of them. Besides those two toes, the rest of my feet are completely healthy and happy. They are strong and look great. My ankles are golden. That is why I got into running barefoot in 2004, to stop twisting ankles.
HH. And if you weren't such a lazy dumbass, since you don't apparently need shoes anymore, why don't you unsubscribe from the Adidas mailing list???TM. OK, I will admit that I am lazy, and even a dumbass at times. Frequently perhaps. Aren't we all? But I still need shoes sometimes! I am not one of those really crazy 100% barefooters. I run about half my yearly mileage barefoot. What if adidas comes out with a wonderful minimal shoe at some point that I might want to buy? Or I might want some of their cool clothes. I need that mailing list. If not for the possibility of a bargain, then just for the occasional comic relief.
HH. I've actually tried these on and I'm very impressed with the feel and cushioning of these shoes... So maybe try them on before making an uninformed stupid comment?
TM. That is great and I am glad you like them. I would not be inclined to try them on because there is simply too much shoe there and I don't think I have ever spent over about $80 for a running shoe even when I was into their alleged advancements in technology for our protection. To me, that impressive cushioning would be painful. Every step would force a heel strike: ouch. I am going to choose to remain uninformed and stupid because I am an American, and that is what we like.