New Balance Boracay Review: Small Changes Make a Better Shoe

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Sometimes all it takes is a few small changes to improve a shoe. This was the case with the Hoka Clifton 2, which I reviewed earlier this week. Hoka added a bit of padding to the tongue, an additional lace eyelet, and a new insole, but kept just about everything else on the shoe the […]

Hoka Clifton 2 Review: A Solid Update

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If I were in the habit of giving “best update” awards, the Hoka Clifton 2 would be a solid contender for 2015. It’s not so much that I love the shoe – it’s actually a bit on the soft side for my personal taste. Rather, Hoka did a great job addressing problems that people had […]

Do Maximalist Running Shoes Reduce Impact Forces?

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One of the drawbacks of the scientific research process is that it is slow. It takes time to run experiments, write up results, and get those results published in a peer-reviewed journal. As a result, popular trends tend to take off before science has a chance to validate the beliefs that sparked those trends. We […]

Form Differences Among Barefoot Running, Minimalist Shoe Running, and Standard Shoe Running

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Based upon research published over the past several years, I’ve come to believe the following about the effects of footwear (or lack thereof) on running form: 1. Barefoot running is different and no shoe perfectly replicates the barefoot condition. Running barefoot, particularly on a hard surface, increases the likelihood that a runner will adapt a […]

New Runblogger Tool–Shoe Finder

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Quick post to announce a new tool that I put together – I spent several days last week pulling data from nearly every shoe listed on Running Warehouse, as well as from a few brands that they don’t carry. I input all of the data on price, weight, stack height, drop, etc. into a spreadsheet, […]

Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit 2015 Review: Flexible Sole, Sock-Like Upper, and Solid Cushioning in a Lightweight Package

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The Nike Free line of running shoes was originally designed to mimic barefoot running on grass. All shoes in the line are characterized by an extremely flexible sole, and the three models vary in upper construction and the amount of sole cushioning. The Free 5.0 has the highest heel-forefoot drop and a more traditional, though […]

Nike Pegasus vs. Nike Free 3.0: Does a Moderately Cushioned Shoe Encourage Barefoot-Like Biomechanics?

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Nike has long touted the design of their Free line of running shoes as having been inspired by barefoot running. Indeed, the newest Free shoes have the phrase “Barefoot Ride” written right on the insole (see photo at left). Personally, I’m a fan of the Frees since they suit my preference for light, flexible, moderately […]

Nike Free 5.0 2015 Review: Yes, You Can Run in Them!

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Over the past several years the Nike Free 5.0 has consistently been one of the best selling athletic shoes in the United States. Go to any school and you’re likely to see many kids sporting the flexible and colorful 5.0s. When I was in Disney World earlier this year the Free was probably among the […]

adidas adizero XT 5 Review: An adios Designed for the Trail

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The adidas adizero XT 5 was a pleasant surprise for me.  I’d not seen much info about it until it just recently popped up on adidas’ website, and after looking it over I decided it was worth a try. I had some previous experience with the adidas XT 3 and 4, but both of those […]

Announcing Running Warehouse Europe

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If you’ve been a regular reader of this website, you’re probably familiar with Running Warehouse. They are a large, online retailer of running shoes and gear, and have been an advertising partner of this site for many years – I’m grateful for the support they have provided me since starting this blog back in 2009. […]