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The 8 most common shoe questions (and answers!): #geargeek

Barefoot advocates contend that bare feet and minimal shoes help runners strengthen their feet so that they can move in healthy ways, and highly cushioned shoes may prevent their feet from strengthening naturally. While there has been no research to definitively link barefoot running with a reduction in injuries, advocates say that running barefoot forces you to take shorter, more frequent steps and land more softly, making you less prone to stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, and other injuries. The biggest risk to running barefoot is stepping on a sharp object, stubbing a toe, and getting sidelined. If you want to try minimal shoes, ease into them slowly. If you’re used to wearing a stability shoe, try a performance trainer before moving to a racing flat or minimal shoe. Stick with your regular trainers for long runs and use your minimal shoes for shorter distances unti...

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