Jodi Hilton for The New York Times Barefoot-running enthusiasts long have believed that running without shoes or in minimalist footwear makes running easier, speedier and less injurious. But a surprisingly large number of new studies examining just how the body actually responds when we run in our birthday shoes or skimpy footwear suggest that for many people, those expectations are not being met.
This doesn't surprise me. I was never into this whole trend when it made its original debut. It seems that Dr. Gruber's conclusion in this article is the most logical recommendation that can be made about barefoot running. | Her recommendation is... more » 04-13-2014 10:22pm
All it takes is for a couple of runners to be very "successful" with a new, trendy model and off we go. Barefoot running has actually been around for many years. Zola Budd was a top woman runner in the 80's and she ran... more » 04-14-2014 6:06am
In the area of exercise physiology, one topic that was widely discussed was regarding how one could run and benefit from barefoot training. This is the main topic in “Barefoot Running and Energy Expenditure” article. The main goal of the authors... more » 09-26-2014 12:12pm
This could be because I'm flat footed that I do not do very well in regular cross training shoes. Also since I do martial arts barefoot, I am most comfortable that way and am training any most everything to use the ball of your foot... more » 03-07-2015 6:18pm
I've always wonder what the appeal was to these silly looking shoes! I guess there wasn't much benefit to them after all. But hey, if you are running and get used to the new shoes and running style you are probably still doing more than most people sitting around. 01-06-2017 4:16pm
The one thing about this article I find curious is they make no distinction as to whether or not the runners' are new to barefoot running or not. I would expect someone who is used to running in the protection of a conventional shoe to... more » 12-06-2013 8:08am