What are the benefits of barefoot walking and running?

I got a message on Facebook from Ben: I have a pair of your sandals and I really enjoy the freedom, strength and all around sensation I get running free! My only hurdle has been steeping on rocks on the ball or knuckle of my feet and bruising an irritating the nerves. I have had […]

Man running on hamster wheel

Is running in our DNA?

One reason scientists study mice is, much as we may not want to admit it, we have a lot in common with our rodent relatives. We share enough DNA and physiology that studying mice often reveals quite a bit about us humans. So, does this recent study from Leiden University explain why many of us […]

Are these minimalist shoes?

You won’t believe what the best barefoot running shoes are

Ron Hill ran the 10k in the Mexico City Olympics barefoot. When asked why, he responded, “They were the lightest shoes I could find.” At Xero Shoes, we believe the best running shoes are, well, your feet.  Bare feet. You don’t need pronation control. You don’t need a bunch of padding. You need to be […]

Daniel Lieberman studies the Tarahumara running

Dr. Daniel Lieberman is one of the fathers of the barefoot running movement. His study showing how barefoot runners strike the ground with less force than shod runners, combined with Christopher McDougall’s book, Born to Run, catalyzed the growth of barefoot and minimalist running. Well, it’s as if Dr. Lieberman had a child with BTR, […]

Happy Born to Run release day!

May 5th is an important day in the barefoot running world. And, for the same reason, it’s one of the most important days in the Xero Shoes world. What makes it so important? As Brian Metzler from Competitor.com reminded me, “Journalist Christopher McDougall’s best-selling book “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race […]

Is your body optimized for running?

Harvard’s Daniel Lieberman is one of the two or three people most responsible for the barefoot running boom (Christopher McDougall, who wrote Born to Run, is another… you can vote for who the third should be). Daniel is an anthropologist and has some fascinating ideas about why the way humans run (and sweat) gave us […]

Khanh scaling the Stratosphere Hotel in his barefoot sandals by Xero Shoes

I dare you to run barefoot! Or bigfoot. Or both!

What inspires someone to take off their shoes and run barefoot? For Khanh Nguyen it was knee pain and the hope that barefoot running would help. Once he got started, in bare feet and in Xero Shoes, he was on fire. He’s run 1/2 marathons, mud races and, most recently, he ran UP the Stratosphere […]

Does barefoot running cause calf pain?

Does barefoot running cause calf pain?

Thanks to Frédérik Sisa, for asking me to answer a few questions about barefoot running on his site, The Front Page Online. I want to highlight a point that I make in the interview, because I think it’s under-appreciated and under-discussed in the barefoot community. For example: If you haven’t been barefoot in a while […]

Can you run long distance in sandals? You bet!

There’s nothing I find funnier than when I’m running in my Xero Shoes sandals and someone asks, “Can you run in those?” Uh… you’re WATCHING me run in them! Well, when I tell non-runners that some people run 100k ultramarathons in huaraches, they’re incredulous. Now I don’t need to explain anything, I can just show […]

Barefoot Running Truth Infographic

The truth about barefoot running finally revealed in an Infographic

Finally, all the statistics and information about barefoot running you need to know. Enjoy! And SHARE! (click to see full size) Here’s my commentary on the infographic 🙂 The content of this post does not constitute and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice […]