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

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

Bernard Lagat Won’t Run Barefoot?

This just in from the “WHAT A SHOCK… NOT” category: Runner who gets paid millions from shoe company says he won’t run barefoot! In an interview with The Guardian, Bernard Lagat, the Kenyan-American 13-time medal winning middle- and long-distance runner, is asked by Kate Carter: So, um, ever run barefoot? Bernard’s response: [Laughs] Well, since… Read more

GOSHEN Movie Trailer – Watch it here!

As many of you know, Xero Shoes were inspired by the Tarahumara of Mexico. First, we were inspired by their story of running enjoyably and injury-free into their 70s and beyond. Then we were inspired by the fact that they ran barefoot or in huaraches — sandals they made out of scraps of tire and… Read more

Barefoot Lies and Footwear Fallacies

Okay, you know the drill by now… the media likes to say “the barefoot running movement is over!” They cite the sudden increase increase in sales of “maximalist shoes” as proof. But, is it true? Well, first, I’ll tell you that sales may be lower for “minimalist shoes,” but that’s because fewer companies are making… Read more

How to run an ultramarathon (or 7) in Xero Shoes

I love it when people ask, “Can you really run in those things?” as I run by them in my Xero Shoes. 😉 Well, Jonathan Sinclair and Melissa Gosse, otherwise known as Ultra Mel & Jon — at http://ultramelandjon.com/ — had that experience a LOT of times recently. That’s because they ran the Madagascar Race… Read more

Who will run the first 1:59 marathon?

Dennis Kimetto shattered the marathon world record when he ran 2:02:57 in Berlin. But how fast can we really go over a 26.2 mile course? 2:01? 2:00? Faster? Well, long-time distance running guru, Phil Maffetone thinks 1:59 is do-able. VERY do-able. And he also thinks that the person who sets that record will be running… Read more