It's been awhile since I've posted anything. It's been a rough year with a lot of injuries, not all running related, but primarily the shin hasn't been cooperating. It's hard to test shoes out when your shin is constantly screaming at you. Nothing feels good in that scenario. There have been some exciting new shoes that have come out this year though and I'll be writing some posts about them hopefully in the coming weeks.
I did want to give a quick nodd to the Inov-8 shoe line and the story of the brand. In the midst of the barefoot crazy, I think that Inov-8 has the right idea. They have designed shoes that seem to promote natural running without going off the deep end. Though I understand the arguements behind the barefoot movement and think that there are definite benefits to it, I am by no means a disciple of the trend. However, that being said, I have been running in the Inov-8 X-Talon for the last 3 weeks without insoles and have felt the best I have since March when my shin first started getting grumpy. If there are folks out there interested in slowly moving into more minimal shoes, I think that Inov-8's shoe line would be a great place to start. Their line offers a gradual decrease in heel to toe differential so as not to over-strain unsuspecting muscles. As with everything, a gradual change is the best.