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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 […]

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 […]

Improve your foot and ankle strength and your balance

If you want to improve your foot and ankle (and leg and hip!) strength — and you do — then you need to see this video. In it, I share something I’ve never made public before, a very personal story about why strength and balance are so important to us at Xero Shoes. But I […]

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 […]

The Shocking Truth about Sprinting Workouts (from Xero Shoes)

Most people associate barefoot running with long distance. But Xero Shoes CEO, Steven Sashen, is a Masters All-American sprinter… the opposite of a marathoner. And while people view the effort, determination, and sometimes near-death experiences of the ultra runner with great respect, sprinting is still the sport that crowns “The Fastest Man in the World.” […]

Mo The Human’s Secrets of Natural Movement and Health

There are two things that I love: Meeting someone new who thinks like I do Learning something new from, well, anyone Well, I got both of my favorite things when I met Mo Goldstein, also known as Mo The Human. And I know you’ll enjoy this fun chat, Mo The Human and share a BUNCH […]

Barefoot Running at Age 70!

I’m thrilled to introduce you to Xero Hero, Bill Johnson. What makes Bill a Xero Hero (other than the dozen pairs of Xero Shoes that he owns)? Well… Bill began barefoot running about 7 years ago… at age 63! According to his doctors, he shouldn’t be able to run at all. But now at age […]

Why you want flexible footwear

m c schraefel (yes, that’s how she writes her name) offers not only an awesome review of our new Umara Z-Trail sandal, but a great explanation of WHY you want flexible footwear. As you’ll see, it’s not rocket science: Almost 1/4 of all the bones and joints in your body are in your feet. Your […]