This week I got some new running shoes!  I picked up a pair of Brooks PureCadence at Big Peach Running Company. These shoes are what some dub “transition” shoes.  

“What does that mean?” you ask.

On the “1 Meal – 1 Workout” podcast, we’ve discussed barefoot running and Don’s Vibram FiveFingers. Here’s a couple of the articles we’ve referenced:

Barefoot running: bad or beneficial?

More Evidence Supports Barefoot Running


So…back to my shoes…a typical running shoe has a heel-to-toe drop of 10mm to 12mm (or even 15mm).  That means that the height difference between the heel and toe of the shoe is around 10mm or 12mm.

Truly minimalist shoes like the Vibram FiveFinger pretty much have a 0mm drop.  This means they are basically a piece of flat rubber strapped to the bottom of your foot. 

The Brooks PureCadance has a 4mm heel-to-toe drop. What this does is promote a mid-foot to fore-foot strike. I won’t go into all the details, because if you want to know more, both articles I referenced above do a much better job with the details. It’s in between a flat 0mm shoe and a traditional running shoe. A lot of people use them to “transition” to barefoot running.

I’ve gone for two 3 mile runs in my new shoes and the verdict is…I love them! They are super light, “flat”, but still very supportive. I don’t know that they are for everyone, but I think they are going to be for me!