Cushioned running shoes do not prevent injury because multiple studies during the past few decades have found that cushioned running shoes amplify impact by causing the foot to land harder on the ground while not only encouraging bad mechanics, but these shoes make bad mechanics even worse.
The Vivobarefoot Stealth is perfect at what it does in being a true minimalist running shoe for the roads while giving a fast, agile, race-ready feel, and is truly all about speed and freedom of movement!
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One consistent consequence of stability running shoes with thick cushioning is that they don’t always work in restraining or reducing over-pronation (abnormal foot motions), nor are they fully effective at reducing peak shear stress and other forms of musculoskeletal loading in heel strike runners. However, a growing field of research is showing that switching from heel strike to forefoot strike running is enough to enable a more full reduction of net forces on the shins and knees.
Barefoot running switches on a range of nerve, reflexive and mechanical responses that prevent underfoot pressure from rising to damaging levels which reduces the risk of severe foot injuries vs thickly cushioned running shoes.