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Expert retailer

Specialized running shoe retailer that bases its practice on scientific evidence and a client-based approach. This retailer has received advanced training from The Running Clinic and provides customized, evidence-based services.

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Minimalist vs Maximalist

Debates surrounding minimalist and maximalist running shoes are still raging among researchers, manufacturers and salespeople. This section introduces the differences between minimalist and maximalist shoes and their impact on the way that you run. Sorry, this video is only available in French at the moment. Content in English will be coming soon!

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Minimalist index

The level of minimalism of running shoes can be rated with a scale that considers five characteristics: stack height, drop, flexibility, weight and stability technologies. This rating is called the Minimalist Index (MI). For example, some models such as Vibram FiveFingers show MI scores close to 100%. In contrast, ultra-maximalist shoes, such as some Hoka models, have an MI closer to 0%. This tool can help you determine how to safely transition between different pairs of shoes.

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Topics of debate

An open debate on running shoes was held at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. In this series of six videos, a panel of experts discuss topics such as the basis of shoe recommendations, minimalism and maximalism, and the current footwear market.

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