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There is nothing wrong with maximalist running shoes (ie the Hoka One One's)
There is nothing wrong with minimalist running shoes
It all comes down to two things:
1. What feeling you prefer to have under your foot
2. What injury history you have (maximalist vs minimalist encourage different gaits that load tissues different --> all depends which tissues that you need to load less)
Everything else at this stage is just rhetoric and propaganda.
I run 2-3 days a week in Hoka Ones and 2-3 days a week in NB Minimus's and 2-3 days a week in various "traditional" running shoes ( and wear my MBTs to work 2 days a week!)
I have worn a pair for the last 6 months or so & have been happy with the "feel" but they have worn quicker than previous running shoes. I think due to their thickness, they are now feeling a bit unstable.
I have spoken with a few ultra-marathoners (100 milers) who love the feeling of running in Hokas, but lament that the cushioning noticeably breaks down after a couple hundred miles.
If running is your passion, my suggestion has always been to invest in the gear that makes you feel the best, and replace it as soon as it loses its magic. Like almost any sport, the serious enthusiasts have no problem investing in the proper gear, whether its golf, fishing, skiing, hiking or running.
If I were addicted to running (and I'm not), I would wear the shoe that makes me feel the best, and I wouldn't hesitate to replace it when worn down. But that's just me.
Regional Manager and Technical Consultant,
Novascarpa Group, LLC
Brands represented: Joya, Ryn, Terox
I just weighed them: Hoka One One = 311gms (only one shoe, not the pair) New Balance Minimus = 214gms (only one shoe, not the pair)
...only a 100gms difference (200gms for a pair) .... not a huge amount!
I know this is not scientific, but, at the gym this AM on the treadmill I alternated between the two shoes several times - when in a steady state at the same speed, I was heel striking in the Hoka's and forefoot striking in the Minimus's ... despite the difference in weight of shoes and the different foot contacts .... the heart rate monitor had my heart rate exactly the same each time ....