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I've recently started training for the London marathon 2013. I've been running with Brooks Pure trainers for a few months now and have been getting on really well with them. I'm now really tempted to try the Vibram Five Fingers.

This is my first marathon so I'm a bit wary about switching to such minimalist shoes. Should I stick to what I know or give the Vibrams a go? And advice would be appreciated!

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Especially in running, I am a firm believer in "If it isn't broken, don't fix it".

The whole movement of Chi/Pose and extreme minimalist shoes has grown out of a misconception and bad application of "heel striking". Heel striking does not mean that your heel touches first, it has to do with where your foot is when the majority of your weight falls on it.

Many top distance (5k and up) runners are mid to forefoot strikers, but if you look at slow motion video of their strides, their heels appear to be (and are) touching first. However, their legs are not straight in front of them, but slightly bent, and when their weight settles on their foot, most are somewhere between the mid and forefoot, as their body travels over the planted foot.

If you really want to try VFF shoes, I would definitely wait until after your marathon. Transitioning from somewhat minimalist shoes like your Brooks to VFF is going to take a while, and you don't want to still be transitioning or stuck "between" shoes going into your first marathon.

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dunno about the first part, but definately agree with the inbetween part. – DForck42 Nov 16 '12 at 17:05

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