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RE: ARTHUR LYDIARD OR JACK DANIELS?
Definitely a couple different ways of viewing the situation -- one from a mechanical point of view (potential for aiding or messing up mechanics) and one from a physiological (what shoe, or lack thereof requirees the least energy to run in). I remember a shoe we played with that was very economical to run in but produced (allowed is a better choice of a word) considerable pronation and probably not for the masses. We saw less pronation when barefoot running compared with a variety of shoes of that time, but barefoot subjects the runner to more landing shock, so for some people costs more to run in than does a particular pair of shoes. You have to wonder if what you wear as you first get into running influences what works best. Then there is the whole issue of people being designed differently. I prefer barefoot running, but I don't log that many miles (notice it is still plural).
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