Fast On A Budget

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published May 24, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:38 PM UTC
Photo: Aaron Hersh

Minimum Is In

Although biomechanists can’t all agree on the benefits or drawbacks of minimalist running technique, research conducted by Harvard University’s Evolutionary Biology department showed that hard-soled shoes improve running economy. The study, published in January, showed running in minimalist footwear improved economy over traditional shoes by about 3 percent for both forefoot and heel strikers even when accounting for differences in shoe weight.

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at

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