Alternating between minimal and other sports

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 29, 2012 at 6:49 AM

I recently brought a pair of minimal runing shoes and I love them. I am easing into them and they feel great. My question is, I also play soccer, and hockey...does switching between minimal shoes, soccer cleats and hockey skates hurt my feet in the long run?

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on February 29, 2012
at 03:13 PM

I wear minimalist shoes most of the time. Regular shoes are pretty uncomfortable now and I feel like I'm walking with bricks glued to my heels. But I don't think that switching will hurt your feet any more than it would otherwise, if you were wearing "normal" shoes all the time.


on March 12, 2012
at 12:16 PM

Cleats don't tend to have much of a heel, they're usually pretty minimal themselves and you're running on grass - and the skates are used so differently that they really don't compare. Depending on the minimalist shoes you've got, you'll probably find you become occasionally frustrated with the relative lack of space and comfort from the cleats but you're really unlikely to be wearing them or the skates enough to damage your feet from that. And assuming you're now using good form for running that can carry across whatever you're wearing to continue to protect your legs and back.


on March 12, 2012
at 08:26 AM

Well consider what the alternative would be if it were the case, could you switch to minmal soccer cleats or hockey skates? Not likely, if the benefits are strengthening the arches and reducing the negative effects of "heel striking" while running, then I don't see that using minimal shoes some of the time and conventional shoes for the rest of the time could hurt your feet any more in the long run than not using minimal shoes at all. In fact for most people who have used conventional shoes for their entire lives it isn't recommended that they wear minimal shoes for long time periods until they're adapted or stress fractures may result.

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