“Zero drop” does not equal “minimalist” let alone “barefoot” shoes

Let the buzz-words begin! As shoe companies look to establish themselves in the minimalist market (because estimates predict that barefoot running shoes will be a $500 million business this year), the language that they use to establish their minimalist credentials starts to standardize. If they don’t use similar language to describe their new products, you […]

Comparing Barefoot Running Shoes – Nike Free vs. Xero Shoes

I bought my first pair of Nike Free about 6 years ago, soon after they came out. I LOVED them. The flexible sole really let me feel the ground in a whole new way and they quickly became the only shoe I wore. Once I had the chance, I went to NikeID and made a […]

Barefoot Running Shoes in the Bush

Ancient hunters once chased their prey until it dropped. David Fleming explains why our love of long-distance running is just us getting back to our roots in this ESPN.com article: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=6110087 Says Fleming: In fact, the current barefoot and minimalist-shoe running craze was inspired by research into the way our hominid forebears once moved while […]

Orthotics vs. Barefoot Running

The only time I’ve worn anything other than my huaraches or my sprinting spikes in the last 16 months has been the 3 times I put on my old running shoes… so I could shovel snow. Those shoes have my $200 orthotics in them. And each time I’ve put them on, I have the same […]

Can you really run in huaraches?

When you’re used to hanging out with barefoot runners or, at least, with people who’ve read Born To Run, you forget how “normal people” think. One of the questions I’m most asked by non-barefoot people is: “Can you really run in those?” What amazes me about this question is not how people have forgotten that, […]

What to do about the barefoot police?

Ever had a run-in with what some call “the barefoot police”? Ever feel like you need to give a little attention to your rebellious side? Then, you’ll love the idea of making your Xero Shoes even MORE minimal! Check out: http://www.barefoot-healthy-blog.com/?p=248 to find out how.

Barefoot running isn’t just running barefoot!

Back in 2010, I had the pleasure of attending the “Naked Foot 5k” barefoot race. Actually, it was a series of races including a kids race and a 1mile race and the 5k. It was a beautiful Colorado day, the course was wonderful, the organizers did a great job… but the runners scared the crap […]

Barefoot Jason does it again (but in style, this time)

Barefoot Jason Robillard has done it again, running 2/3 of a 100 mile race in his Xero Shoes. But this time, he’s got some extra fashion sense added: Now, some of you may know that I’m a sprinter. In fact, I ran “long-distance” at a meet last week when I did my first 200m race (and, […]

Long distance running in huaraches

About once a week I get a call or an email from someone who asks, “Can you run in Xero Shoes for long runs?” I usually point out to them that the Tarahumara are known for running ultra-marathons in huaraches, so, Yes. But some people respond, “Sure, but I’m not a Tarahumara Indian.” True (but not […]