So I'm in the Army and run for work, not for pleasure. I run, on average, about 12-15 miles a week, usually no more than 4 miles at a time, but occasionally up to six. Almost always on pavement. I've been using the Saucony Kinvara shoe line for a while now, and I have gotten quite accustomed to the semi-minimalist shoe. I really like the light weight, and regular running shoes now seem impossibly heavy to me.

The question is this: should I give true minimalist shoes a shot? The Kinvara line has a 4.0 mm heel-to-toe differential, and enough cushioning/shock absorption to make running on pavement not an issue. I also can't wear toe-shoes, and must wear socks, since I run while in uniform. So my question is twofold - one, is there any real benefit to transitioning to a 0.0 mm heel-to-toe differential? And two, if so, do you know of any good shoes that provide this while still having enough cushioning to run for distance on pavement, and that are able to be worn with socks?

Y'all are the best!