Q: Should I try out the new “barefoot” running shoes?
A: Maybe. “If your technique is good, you can run well in any shoe,” says Danny Dreyer, author of Chi Marathon. But shoes with less bulk offer better stability and allow your feet to react to the ground more naturally. Dreyer recommends models with a wide toe box, no more than a 4 mm “heel drop” (the difference between heel height and toe elevation) and little cushioning, like the Saucony Kinvara 3. Cut your mileage to help you adjust, or try a transitional shoe, like the Nike Free 3.0. “If you put a shoe on and it doesn’t feel right, take it off,” Dreyer says.