I tried going in the minimum shoe direction, but my old knee wouldn't let it work. This spring I got a pair of Hoka (Tarmac model) shoes. Unbelievable shoes. MUCH better than the most cushioned Nikes and Brooks I've tried. I'm running pain free again, and getting ready for my second marathon this spring. I'm hoping that a local shoe store will pick up this brand. I'd rather support them, than mail order. It's the best shoe I've ran in, in over 30 years, and the first time my expectation have been exceeded, when trying a new shoe. If these hit the Wichita area, I'm betting they get very popular, especially for us older runners, as well as injury recovery/prevention shoes.