[We've been talking a lot this year about foot wear and running in general. As any athlete knows your feet matter and keeping them protected and comfortable is a never ending search. Even though our Ambassador John has a slight bias, we've decided that his perspective still matters and is in fact quite unique I think. Check out his interesting approach to choosing running shoes]
For this topic I would say I am bias for sure towards Nike. As to the fact that I work here and love the company and the work that we do. But I also know how big of a topic shoes are when it comes to triathletes and what types should be worn. From the minimal 0 dro pshoes to the massive drops of 14+mm.
After finishing the Ironman Coeur d'Alene in 2016 I of course went back to the drawing board and looked at things that I could change to become a better athlete. In general, most improvements that I will get is from just training. Being relatively new to endurance I know I just have years to get into true adaptation when it comes to endurance training. But in order to have consistent good training it requires no injuries and just being healthy enough to train day in and day out for days, weeks, months, and even years on end to truly adapt and become the best athlete you can be. One thing I found looking back at my training leading up to that Ironman and that whole season of training in general is that I primarily only wore one pair of shoes for all my running. Let that be long easy runs or the quicker track work. I did it all in my trusty Pegasus.
I'm not a sports doctor or an Orthopedic doctor, I'm not a doctor of any kind. But what does that say about the health and strength of my feet to only be using one shoe for everything. You don't just pick one type of food and eat that day in and day out for the rest of your life. No, there is a thing called a balanced diet and your feet/body deserve the exact same treatment. In my opinion a balanced dose of different stimuli that in turn creates a more balanced and durable athlete. So, I set off on a goal to if possible never wear the same running shoe on back to back runs. So being the lucky person I am at Nike I invested in a few more pairs of running shoes. Below are my shoe selections and the Heel Ball Offset (HBO) of each shoe.
There is not a huge difference on HBO's only a range of 2mm. But the larger change is in the underfoot feel. Some have more or less support than others and allow the foot to act differently. This change in movement allows for a greater adaptation and in the long run hopefully a stronger foot and body. I don't have any scientific way to prove that this way of training is the best, but for me it makes complete sense to keep a balanced diet for my feet and hopefully creates a body that can handle change better which in turn should keep me from getting injured.
Similar results of the above were found in the study that Malisoux reported.