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Rotating Shoes With Different Heel Drops (Read 219 times)

Jerryb49


60 Day DL

    Is it a good/bad/indifferent idea to use different heel drop shoes assuming you are having no foot problems?   Shoe recommendations seem to revolve around support/stability, but not sure who the lower/higher heel drop is good for.  Fwiw, I'm a flat footed, overpronator.  Is there any rule of thumb er, toe on this?

     

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    Fat butt on couch

      if you are going to race in flats, you need to train in them.  I dam a fan of switching out up.  my bulk miles are in lightweight trainers but I do workouts in flats or similar.  so then when you race in them you don't suffer Achilles issues.

      "If you want to be a bad a$s, then do what a bad a$s does.  There's your pep talk for today.  Go Run." -- Slo_Hand

       

        I rotate conventional-drop and reduced-drop shoes.  Two years out from an Achilles injury, no problems so far.  (knock on wood)

        “Everything you need is already inside.” -- Bill Bowerman

          I took my time adjusting to 4-mm drop trail shoes since I've had achilles issues in the past - lengthening runs and increasing frequency. I started with them because they had a wider toebox and better forefoot protection. The 4-mm drop just came with the package. Now I'm mostly using them with an occasional run in my older shoes if something feels out of whack.

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          Awood_Runner


          Smaller By The Day

            I have one pair of shoes with an 8mm drop.  I'm pretty sure that my other shoes are all 11 or 12.  You can definitely feel a difference, but I like to rotate them in frequently.  I like the change.

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              I vote 'good'.

              I keep about 4 or 5 pairs of shoes in the back of my car and select whichever I feel like running in that day (I run on my lunch hour).  No set rotation.  There are zero-drop, racing flats, 4mm drop, 12mm drop, cushioned trainers.  Sometimes I take some out and replace with other pairs - I have a lot of running shoes!

              northernman


              Fight The Future

                  I dam a fan of switching out up.  

                 

                Could you clarify?


                Fat butt on couch

                   

                  Could you clarify?

                   

                  Heh.  Damn auto-correct.  I am a fan of switching it up.

                  "If you want to be a bad a$s, then do what a bad a$s does.  There's your pep talk for today.  Go Run." -- Slo_Hand

                   

                  SprinklesRunner


                  Whippet

                    I definitely switch it up - Mizuno wave riders and brooks pure flows.  I gradually introduced the Pure Flows and run only up to halves in them.

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                      if you are going to race in flats, you need to train in them.  I dam a fan of switching out up.  my bulk miles are in lightweight trainers but I do workouts in flats or similar.  so then when you race in them you don't suffer Achilles issues.

                       

                       

                      I agree with this.   Majority of miles all in a trainer or lightweight trainer (Wave Rider or Wave Elixir) and then my workouts are in my racing flats (Wave Ronin).

                       

                      I feel the bulk of your mileage should be in a solid trainer though, especially the more miles you run.  The elite and sub-elite runners I know run in some of the heaviest/well cushioned trainers... but then do workouts in race day flats.

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