I need new running shoes and I am looking at the new Nike Free's. I have been running on and off for no more than 3 or 4 miles lately in a pair of traditional running shoes with a giant heel. I am running with a forefoot strike, though. I want to move toward a more minimalist shoe and I am looking at the following two shoes as choices:
- Nike Free V4 3.0 (more minimalist)
- Nike Free V2 4.0 (less minimalist)
My question is this: since I have been running in a traditional shoe with such a large heel, would it be best to first run in the V2 4.0's as a transition phase and eventually move toward the V4 3.0's? Or, is it okay (healthy) for me to move right into the more minimalist V4 3.0's?
I would prefer to not waist my time with the V2 4.0's if I don't need to, but if you think that it would be better for me to transition from a high heel, to a medium heel, to a small heel, then I will get those.
Any and all shoe advice is welcome and encouraged in this discussion! I appreciate help from all who offer it! :)
Not sure how many miles you do, but....
If you want to keep up high mileage, then a gradual drop down might be better.
But if you're willing to cut down on your miles to facilitate the transition, then I'd drop straight down and begin your transition SLOWLY. Walk around barefoot as much as possible to help strengthen the muscles in your feet. Start with 1km and and see how you feel the next day. Don't do too much too soon, if you get any pain stop and rest until it has gone. Some muscle soreness is expected but sharp pain is bad. Practice standing on one leg too (barefoot preferably).
Just go easy and listen to what your body is telling you.
Hope that's some help.