As runners, we tend to overcomplicate things. Running shoes are certainly on the top of that list. From minimal to maximal to everything in between.

Lately, with the rise of Hoka and the Altra Olympus, we’ve heard this new term, maximal. So, what the heck is a maximal shoe?

Today, we’ll look at something called stack height and see how it is the key to understanding this new trend.

Basically, the key is the amount of stuff that is in between your foot and the ground. 

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