Shoe Recommendations Running Shoes Casual Shoes (under construction) Dress Shoes (under construction) Share with the running community!EmailTweet 7 Comments Mitchell September 26, 2014 Reply Dear Dr. Nick: I am finding that bare foot and minimalist shoe reviews are failing to mention with any regularity whether or not a shoe model has arch support built in. I feel that that design element is more important to wearability than the zero drop feature. As another of your pages focuses upon the apparent rehabilitation of the arch, it would seem to be a possibility that removing arch support may be beneficial toward the similar outcomes. Sincerely, Mitchell Magnus April 5, 2015 Reply A agree, for me the arch support is a very important factor. For instance, I can´t use Merrell minimalist shoes because I feel they have too much support under the arch. Chris April 11, 2015 Reply Totally agree. I just tried the new Merrell Bare Access 4 (13mm stack height, 0mm drop), but had to return them because they had way too much arch support–it felt like I was mostly impacting my arch when running, rather than either the midfoot or heel. However, I had no such issue with the Trail Glove (3rd gen), although they’re a bit stiff for minimal shoes–the flexibility of a shoe is also really important.. Bridget Ingle April 30, 2015 Reply I would love to get some guidance about minimalist trail running shoes. Clearly, trail shoes need soles with claws for the rocky, or muddy terrain, so where do I start? Thank you in advance Dr. Nick Campitelli May 4, 2015 Reply You do need a sole to prevent you from rocks etc, but you would be surprised at how your foot will adapt to the terrain and just the small amount of rubber beneath the sole of your foot will protect you enough to run. Merrell and Topo Athletic make some great train shoes. John May 11, 2015 Reply Dr Nick, I read that shoes with a lower heel-to-toe drop are best for those suffering from plantar fasciitis (PF). Is this true? Thank you in advance for your insights. John Marshall worldsokayestrunner Dr. Nick Campitelli May 16, 2015 Reply Yes. But it’s a transition. If you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis it’s going to take weeks to months to resolve. Don’t be frustrated if you try wearing them and your pain doesn’t resolve. Be patient. Start functioning barefoot at home 30 minutes to an hour a day and it will help strengthen your foot. Be patient. It takes time. Add a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment:*Name:* Email Address:* Website: Notify me of new posts by email.