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WSJ: Running-Shoe Revolutionaries

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Some sprinters land on their heel, others on their forefoot — the latest sneakers have them all covered

MORE THAN 45,000 runners will toe the starting line at the New York City Marathon next month—many of them foot soldiers in an ongoing war over running shoes. On one side stand devotees of the traditional cushioned sneaker; on the other, evangelists of “barefoot” running, whose preferred footwear looks like rubber-soled slippers.

According to the minimalists, shoes that encourage landing on the heel instead of the ball of the foot all but guarantee knee problems down the line. Traditionalists argue that shoes need cushioning to lessen the impact of flesh and bone against concrete.

Now, a middle ground has entered the fray.

From: The Wall Street Journal

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