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The one reason to avoid barefoot running

Look, I’m the first one to say that barefoot running isn’t for every person under every circumstance. Granted, I’ll say that it’s great for almost everyone, almost all of the time.

But every now and then, you need a pair of shoes.

Certain restaurants or businesses require SOME form of footwear (one of the reasons we developed Xero Shoes, in fact).

As a sprinter, I wear sprinting spikes when I need to run full speed on a track.

But this may be the best reason to wear shoes: When you need to open a bottle of wine and don’t have a corkscrew… or just want to show off in a geeky-nerdy way:

Oh, and if you’re out on the trail and don’t even have a wall, how ’bout a tree? (BTW, this video is WAAAAAAY funnier than the first ;-) ).

Will this work with a pair of Xero Shoes? Who’s going to be the first one to make a video and answer that question?

The ultimate zero drop zero stack height footwear

Two key components of a barefoot shoe (or minimalist shoe) are “drop” and “stack height.”

Drop is the height difference between the heel and ball of the foot. When you stand on the ground, your heel and feet are at the same height, which means “zero-drop.”

Stack Height is the thickness of whatever is under your foot.

So you can have a zero-drop shoe that’s has 1 foot of padding! Not very barefoot.

Xero Shoes, as an example, are zero-drop and have a “stack height” of between 4-6mm… about as close to barefoot as you can get.

(Flexibility is a whole other issue, but we’ll deal with that later.)

Here’s a photo of the ultimate zero-drop, zero stack height shoe.

Pipefeet... the best barefoot shoes

I think I still might own these socks.


Get Xero Shoes for free (better than a coupon ;-) )

Even though Xero Shoes cost MUCH less than any similar product, especially with our 5,000 mile warranty, I know that for some people the price of Xero Shoes is more than they have.

Well, here’s a way you can get a pair for free ;-)

Let us know how you do with this “magical technique.”

And if you know some other similar ways to get Xero Shoes, make a video and show us! ;-)

Barefoot running efficiency

Is barefoot running more or less efficient than running in shoes?

Who cares?! Barefoot is fun! And we think barefoot is good for you, too.

Besides, the recent studies that say barefoot is less efficient are riddled with holes (including that one only showed that “barefoot-style” running was less efficient for people who had no experience with it!

Anyway, I think this equation sums up the benefits of being barefoot or in Xero Shoes ;-).

And since it’s math, you know it must be true!


Who wears running shoes… really?

It’s no surprise that the vast majority of the people wearing Air Jordan’s don’t play basketball, that almost nobody who wears the Puma Faas shoes will give Usain Bolt a run for his money.

Well, Saturday Night Live nailed it with this commercial for New Balance ;-)

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Minimalist Underwear for Minimalist Shoes?

Many people who’ve switched to minimalist shoes have gotten more minimalist in other areas of their life as well.

One of the minimalist products that I’ve switched to is my wallet.

Minimalist Tyvek Wallet

You may recognize the faded text… I made this wallet from a FedEx envelope! I know it ain’t pretty… but I’ve had it for 3 years and when I’m in the mood for a new one, all I need is a free bit of Tyvek from FedEx or USPS ;-)

I know some people have experimented with minimalist food — eating nothing but potatoes for weeks at a time (okay, I tried that, too).

But this latest bit of minimalism has possibly gone too far… Continue Reading

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