Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Steve Magness On Running Shoes and Form, Again

We don't know much, at the end of the day. 
 
This is a good, if highly dissatisfying, post.  Through no fault of Steve's. 
 
Although I do think that Steve is still stuck in the mindset that we need shoes, and they should be similar to what we've been using.  As he effectively makes clear, we really have very little idea of what a good shoe would look like, and in such a case, the scientific approach would be to start from a blank slate.  That's a bare foot, in this case. 

It's clear that we do need shoes for some things, but I don't think cushioning really adds anything, ever, to a shoe.

Read the whole thing, and be sure to read the comments.

We wound up having a lengthy follow up discussion at Barefoot Ted's group.