Yes I admit I have a shoe fetish! I always have!
|Nike Free Run 2, Five Finger Bikila, Saucony Kinvara|
My fetish got a boost recently when I started trying to go more minimalist in my footwear.
“Fashionista!” you cry, “you are so busted”. No hear me out:
I like the idea behind minimal footwear.
I like to think that we are all entitled to run injury free.
I subscribe to the thinking that it is better to strengthen your foot rather than build more support into your shoe.
I realise that there are no shortcuts in this journey and that this kind of adaptation takes a long time, months if not years!
Listening to Ross Tucker at the Sport’s Science Institute last night give his opinion on barefoot running pointed out some interesting things. I have observed the following in myself:
· It is incredibly hard to change something in your stride. I have tried to change my cadence and blogged about it here.
· When wearing 5 fingers or minimal shoes I have not immediately changed to a forefoot striker.
· I think that changing your running style is a learned thing. I believe this takes far longer than most of us believe. I was way surprised by Ross’ 3 month time period. I think that a transition is more likely to take a year or more.
· The body learns by way of playing and not by doing things in structured ways. I have experimented with Feldenkrais a little and like the approach.
So what makes me like a shoe? It makes me feel good! Recently I went searching for a new trail shoe and I settled on the model which made me feel great. But that is for another post. So maybe this post should be called a foot fetish rather than shoe fetish – hmm.
I have started down this slippery slope of trying to build my foot rather than my shoes and I dare not stop now otherwise I fear that the last 18 months may be lost. Believe me that is not somewhere I want to go again. So onwards I push not sure how deep this rabbit hole is going to be…