Hi All,

Have been reading "Cool Impossible" and having a read of these forums. My question is about the general principle of the shoes.

I have seen people ask questions about zero drop, and cushioning, and have seen that Eric is a fan of the Salomon shoes and Innov8 brand.

I am just starting to use my second pair of Hoka One One Stinsons which have a 6mm drop, but a meta rocker (meaning that the shoe is like a rocking horse) and are said to be like running on marshmellows. So they have a fair bit of wear left in them (about another 600km) and I can't afford to just buy another pair.

Noting that there are other shoes out there with a large cushioned sole, are these going to be ok to run in.  

My thoughts are that it is more about the technique than necessarily the shoe, but will these prevent me from executing proper technique?

Should I start now with a transition to a more zero drop shoe such as the Merrill or Innov8

I am not planning to do ultras, but would like to progress up to half marathons and maybe a marathon one day.  My main goal is to just have fun running and be able to run any distance I want to and feel like.

I run mainly road at the moment and do about 20km a week, but with the proper technique, this will soon increase.

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Hi Jeff,

Great post. From my perspective run health, tech, performance and longevity all point to having good foot strength and health - as you have read in TCI.

Therefore, I would spend a good amount of focus on developing good strength that will help you while using Hoka. Even though you might have good form, the pillow effect does eliminate some of the awareness and usage of your feet. 

You could also try using a more flexible shoe for shorter runs to help and use the Hoka for your long runs.

Stack height and the flexibility of the mid/outsole also needs to be a consideration with your foots ability to "work" naturally.

Hope this helps and let's keep going on this thread to help with your questions. 




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