I used the Hoka One One....cushioning was good but they were unstable for decent pace. I use them to walk in now.
I think the firmer--but not hard--shoe kept the foot movement to a minimum and reduced some extraneous wear on bone and liggies.
That's good that your liggies feel better while wearing a different shoe.
I have recently got the Invincibles particularly for 15+ miles slow runs.
I like them, haven't had issues. But yes I can imagine a very forefoot-targeting runner wouldn't find this easy - it feels nearly like the ZoomX stops at the toes due to the curve.
As a midfoot runner, I'm quite happy for using for anything above 13-15 miles, and use Peg 37s for anything shorter or needing a snappier pick-up. I got the Invincible as I think the 13-15 miles is the Peg's real upper limit.
You're right. I was using Hoka One One's, unstable at a decent pace and had huge piriformis problems. They are comfortable to walk in.
No. I have lower back issues and without question, running in less forgiving, racing, or minimalist type shoes aggravates my back.
Running in plush shoes, Vomeros typically for me, avoids the pounding induced aggravation. Surface is important too but I can't always find a trail.