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RE: A Lydiard Thread
One of the reasons Arthur was NOT supported by big running company shoe dollars was that he consistently blasted American running shoe companies for "over building" shoes. Arthur designed shoes for a German company (EB Sports) in the mid 70's that were excellent. A couple of years later he did the same for Converse when they tried to make a go in the running shoe market. I loved those shoes.
I have a pair of Nike Frees. I've gone up to 12 miles in them. I think they are great. I know that I have a neutral gait and have, with the benefit of "hill springing" become a forefoot striker.
I actually had the opportunity to "test" a future prototype Free. I ran about 250 miles in them over 8 weeks. I will be buying more of the frees and use them in my usual rotation of 4 pairs of shoes, all different. I do not buy shoes that are over 11 ounces. They just feel like klunky boxes to me.
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