NEW research – Shoes can make you weak and injured

It’s time for another episode of “stupid research.” Not that the research itself is stupid. But that those of us who understand the value and benefits of natural movement, and how most “normal” shoes get in the way of letting your feet do what’s natural, are stunned that people need research to prove something obvious: […]

The Science and Research of Minimalist Footwear and Natural Running

“Where’s the proof?” I’m asked this question often when I explain the benefits (and FUN) of natural movement, truly minimalist shoes and, whenever possible, barefoot living. Ironically, I never hear people asking that about footwear from “Big Shoe” even though the “modern” athletic shoe is the new kid on the block. It’s only been about […]

Eliud Kipchoge: It’s NOT the shoes!

I’ll admit it. I love being right. What am I right about this time? The importance — or lack thereof — of shoes in Eliud Kipchoge’s sub-2-hour marathon performance. I’ve talked about how shoes were NOT the delimiting factor in Kipchoge’s amazing run here, and in my podcast here, pointing out that the difference between […]

Does Arch Support Help or Hurt?

I know that when I say something like “There is no support for arch support,” and make a post to explain why I say that, some people respond, “Yeah, but your minimalist shoes have no support in them, so of course you would say that.” To those respondents I say, “You have the order backwards. […]

Abebe Bikila Runs Barefoot Wins Marathon

Abebe Bikila and his Barefoot Marathon Gold Medal

While the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are postponed until next year, now as great time to look back at one of the moments that helped shape the modern barefoot running movement. It was 60 years ago that Abebe Bikila won a gold medal in the Rome Olympics running in bare feet. A great article called OLYMPICS […]

Is Barefoot Best for Kids? Research says…

This just in to the “I’m not surprised” department: A new study reveals children who are habitually barefoot show significantly different motor skills between the ages of 6-10 than those who are habitually shod. Researchers report those who are habitually barefoot have better balance and jumping skills. You can read the article here. I’m curious […]

Xero Shoes Sponsors USA Artistic Swimming

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Emily Falkenberg | USAAS | emily@usaartisticswim.org Laura Beachy | Xero Shoes | beachy@beachymedia.com USA Artistic Swimming Announces Partnership with Xero Shoes COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – (July 8, 2020) – USA Artistic Swimming signs Xero Shoes as its official footwear partner providing athletes innovative shoes that match the team’s style in the water.  […]

Meet the Handball Ninja

We were recently tagged in a video by Ebiye Jeremy Udo-Udoma, aka the Handball Ninja. Once we got over the excitement of seeing a professional athlete in Xero Shoes, we couldn’t peel ourselves away from the screen as we learned more about Handball. Read on for our interview with the one and only Handball Ninja. […]

How to find TRULY comfortable shoes

The secret to finding comfortable shoes… It’s probably not what you think. And it’s definitely not what “Big Shoe” companies have been saying for the last 50 years. It’s not because you need more arch support or better cushioning or to control your pronation or supination. The secret is actually what humans have been doing […]