What are maximalist running shoes?

Now that the rage over minimalist running shoes has lasted a few years, it was only a matter of time before a new fad developed in the opposite direction. Yes, there are now “maximalist” running shoes.

Instead of the minimalist principles of reducing excess cushioning and stability to make the foot stronger, maximalist shoes are ultra stable and have cushioning that exceeds even the most supportive “regular” shoes on the market.

Maximalist shoes have found an initial market with ultra marathoners who need the extra support for their 100 mile races. However, it is entirely possible that maximalist shoes will also find buyers in the general market who have been unimpressed with the minimalist craze or just want to try something new.

Competitor.com has a good article that breaks down the new maximalist options for runners.


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