Football leads to concussions. Does running lead to “foot concussions”?

Can you guess what these two athletes have in common?   On your left, John Krahn. Seven feet tall, 440 pounds. On your right, Jessica Trengove, 5’5″, 115 pounds. Have you guessed yet? The answer is as far on opposite ends of the athletes themselves as the athletes are far from each other in stature. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

National Runner Survey 2014

Calling all RUNNERS! What motivates you to run? What is your favorite race distance? How often do you run? You are being invited to participate in Running USA’s National Runner Survey, a comprehensive survey to assess the demographics, lifestyle, attitudes, habits, and product preferences of the running population nationwide. The National Runner Survey is easy […]

Andrew Snopes sets a barefoot running world record

24 Hour Barefoot Running World Record

If you bump into someone who opines, “You can’t run in bare feet!” show them this. Andrew Snope ran 131.43 miles, barefoot, in 24 hours! Yup. Ran for 24 hours (with just a few bathroom breaks). Did it barefoot. And if that same opinionated person counters with, “Yeah, but the world record is 188.59 miles […]

Is barefoot running really BS?

Marc Lindsay recently posted what I’m sure he thinks is a scathing critique of barefoot running at Active.com called “Why Barefoot Running is BS.” Sadly, it’s not the well-researched, well-considered investigation I think he believes it to be. In fact, given that the top of the article clearly says “Sponsored by Brooks,” one has to […]

Barefoot Running Q&A – Transitioning, pain, and cold weather

Here’s another Barefoot Running Q&A video, where I take an email I’ve received and give an answer on video. In this video we look at the relationship between barefoot and minimalist shoes, foot and calf pain  during the transition to barefoot, how minimalist shoes fit in with the transition to bare feet, and how to […]