Advocates of trendy "minimalist" running shoes promise a more natural experience, but runners in a new study reported higher rates of injury and pain with the less structured shoes.
Three months after switching from traditional running shoes to the minimalist variety, study participants had two to three times as many injuries compared to runners who stuck with traditional shoes.Be aware of the risks of running in minimalist running shoes. If you are going to go running in these shoes break them in over many weeks; say at least 6. Walk around in them for 6 weeks; don't attempt to run and then slowly build up the distance. This is likely to reduce the risk of injury initially and improve the quality of running form and reduce injuries in the long term. Ideally get expert advice to learn proper running form.
Br J Sports Med 2013.