The pair that I have been using are Asics Gel Nimbus 11's. I am a forefoot striker and these worked well for me, but they have literally worn out their welcome. As you can see from the picture below, the heels are barely scuffed, yet the forefoot area is worn through. This is my left shoe, which is in worse condition than my right. At the top, you can see that 2 whole pads are completely gone.
I don't think that can be too good for my feet and legs. Now, I believe that it is natural to run with your forefoot striking first while the majority of runners use the heel striking form. This has been explained by many people on blogs, in books and if you don't come to it naturally yourself, just look at nature around us. Sure, we walk upright and that is different than other animals. Let's look at the easiest examples to be found. Cats and dogs. They always walk and run on their forefeet. Their heels rarely touch the ground. See below.
I created the cat diagram and I found the dog diagram, but you can see what I am trying to show. We, humans, are the oddballs that are walking on our heels/ankles. I wonder if we are loosing power and speed this way.
In any case, running au natural is becoming the latest hot topic in running. This makes sense if you plan on running on clay, sand, grass, or dirt. That would be completely natural. I do tend to believe that people are taking it overboard when they try to run on sidewalks or streets barefoot, though. The last time I checked, pavement of any kind is not made in nature. Thus, it behooves us to wear appropriate footwear for such endeavors. I will continue to run on my forefeet, but I will not run barefoot on pavements.
Enough already. I am very excited to have a new pair of running shoes. You don't realize how old your shoes are until you put on a pair of new ones. That's for sure. Not that I was trying to do this purposely, but I stuck with the Asics cloud theme. I had Gel Nimbus 11's and this time I got Gel Cumulus 12's. Check 'em out...
I can get up in the morning all goes well, I will be trying them out tomorrow morning for a long run.