If you are in the market for shoes that are Pose Running friendly, it can be a bit frustrating, but do not compromise by buying shoes that will hinder your technique. But what constitutes a suitable pair of running shoes for Pose Running? For Pose Running, basically the more minimalist the shoe the better. Minimalist shoes help the runner to perceive his or her running technique more easily, by allowing the runner to better sense how softly he or she is landing.
My criteria for running shoes:
- They do not necessarily need to be running shoes.
- They should have a low heel rise ( 0 to 1/4 of an inch above the forefoot)
- They should have thin soles (1/4 to 3/8 of an inch thick in forefoot, and 1/4 to 1/2 inch in the heel)
- They should be flexible
- They should be light weight
In the future, I will be doing posts on specific shoes. For now, here are some general categories of shoes that I like for Pose Running.
Racing flats are shoes designed for racing as opposed to training, and they should NOT be confused with racing spikes. Even though racing flats are designed for racing, if you run with good technique, they are perfect as training shoes. Unfortunately, many racing flats today are racing flats in name only. They are designed with a raised heel and relatively thick soles. Do not settle for these; find a pair with thin soles and a low heel rise.
Shoes without Cushioning
Vibrams have become extremely popular for running, and are one example of shoes that were originally not designed for running, but meet all of my criteria for good Pose Running shoes. They have thin flexible rubber soles, no heel rise and no cushioning. In fact, they are about as close to going barefoot as you can get without actually going barefoot.
People were doing plenty of running long before the invention of shoes; not to mention the invention of the modern running shoe. Barefoot running has started to become popular as way to return to a more natural style of running, but it should not be taken up without doing some research and preparation. Most of us grow up wearing modern footwear, so even if someone runs with great technique, he or she will probably have to go through a period adjustment before running barefoot will be comfortable. Personally, I have not yet tried barefoot running, but I hope experiment with it soon. When I do, I'll discuss my experiences in this blog.
If you are relatively new to Pose Running, start with racing flats. Many people will not learn to land softly right away, and racing flats may help with the transition. Of course, if you like running in racing flats there is no reason to switch to anything else, unless you want to. I still run in racing flats most of the time.
Once you have developed a soft landing, you can consider switching over to a shoe like Vibrams, which really only offer puncture protection. I run in Vibrams regularly with no problems, and I hope to try out other brands of minimalist shoes in the future.
If you can run in comfortably in shoes that offer no padding, you can try barefoot running. I know that some people in the barefoot running community will strongly disagree with me on this. Many barefoot runners feel that if you are going to go barefoot, then you should just do it. Their argument is that by going barefoot right away, you will be forced to develop your technique more quickly. Since I've haven't tried barefoot running yet, I'm will to concede that it may be better just to take the plunge.
Resource for further reading:
Running Barfoot Home
Barefoot Running University
How To Choose The Right Running Shoes
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen