Do not “transition slowly” to barefoot running

The more time you spend around barefoot running and minimalist running — the more articles you read in magazines and newspapers, the more interviews you hear with doctors or runners, the more stories you see on the news, the more websites you see about it, the more research you hear about it — the more… Read more

Why Barefoot Running?

While barefoot running isn’t new, it’s popularity has been going through the roof since Christopher McDougall’s book, Born To Run, became popular in 2009. Ironically, Born To Run isn’t really about barefoot running. It’s about the Tarahumara Indians in the Copper Canyon of Mexico and how they’re able to run pain-free and injury free for… Read more

Xero Communication

All footwear was minimalist prior to the early 70s. Every shoe was, basically, a “barefoot shoe.” But now we’ve had over 40 years of heavily padded, motion-controlled shoes. And when you combine 4 decades of time with billions of dollars of marketing, everyone thinks that you NEED those shoes… even though there is no evidence… Read more

Do you have the Barefoot Personality?

Birds of a feather may flock together, but do barefoot runners flock as well… psychologically, at least? Nicholas Hanson and Janet Buckworth think they might, as they describe in the paper they’ve published in Sport Sciences for Health, “Personality characteristics of barefoot runners: openness and conscientiousness as the defining traits” They put 692 runners through… Read more

Can I get you a 3-D printed deck chair for your trip on the Titanic?

It’s the newest, greatest, thing to ever hit footwear. 3-D printing! Under Armour is launching 3-D printed shoe components made with their “5-axis simultaneous machining center.” And New Balance returns the volley with 3-D printed midsoles made with “selective laser sintering.” Other “Big Shoe” companies are also fast tracking 3-D printed products. If there were… Read more