I often get asked on what shoes I prefer for agility... And well, I'd never really paid any attention to shoes... - I would just run in whatever and never notice any difference. - Until that day when somebody gave me a pair of shoes that were too small for her. These were the heavier, hardest and most horrible shoes EVER!!! I could barely move!
Obviously, I immediately saw these won't work for me - and to avoid ending with another heavy pair, I put "lightweight running shoes" into Google before shopping for my next pair. - And that changed my life for ever! 🙂
I learned about barefoot technology and it totally made sense to me - OF COURSE our foot has the best possible design - and every shoe supporting a heel etc. is just throwing it off balance! How could ever a man-made product work as well as thousands of years of selection! Of course my foot does need no stupid support!
Ever since, I run in minimalist barefoot shoes only. For agility, I LOVE BareGrip 200 (that has unfortunately been discontinued - so I stocked up and bought all that were left - so don't look for them if your number is 4.5! 🙂 ) - they are just perfect for any surface! And for jogging, I use New Balance Minimus. And while I always had problems with runners knee before if I did lots of running... - no such problems anymore!!!
Discovering barefoot shoes, I can certainly see shoes DO make a difference and am big fan ever since. I do admit owning a pair of Goretex shoes as well to keep my feet dry on long wet walks - but I could never run in anything but minimalist shoes again!
Footnote: I'm sure there are people who can run better in traditional shoes... - This is just for those who wanted to hear my personal experience. - And for those who THINK barefoot is not for them because of knee problems - just to note that traditional shoes were exactly The Cause of my knee problems - and completely disappeared with barefoot shoes!