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 […]

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 […]

Bare feet, strong feet

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella and the Natural Running Center have put out a great ebook about the benefits of being barefoot and natural movement. According to the NRC site, the premise: Healthy Feet = Healthy Running. I’d add healthy walking, hiking, strolling, yoga, working out… and everything else you do on your feet. The free ebook […]

Can I run barefoot in the cold?

I’ve posted a few times about running barefoot in the cold (or in Xero Shoes)… check out this link, for example. But, inspired by a video I just received from Andreas Cederström in Sweden, I thought you would enjoy this: (Pardon the lag between video and audio… weird Google Hangout effect) You can find Andreas’ […]

Leg length differences and barefoot running

Can you run barefoot if your legs are different lengths? This is a question I get at least once a week. And I think the answer may be surprising. Watch this video that I made with Joshua Gordon about barefoot running technique and leg length issues (and a LOT more). Then leave a comment below […]

Running with the Tarahumara in Costa Rica

Want to run with the Tarahumara (the Mexican tribe featured in Chris McDougall’s bestseller, Born to Run)? Well, if you can’t make it to the Copper Canyon, or anywhere else for that matter, here’s the next best thing. Ultra runners Jonathan Sinclair and Melissa Gosse went to Costa Rica for La Ruta 100k, arguably the […]

Xero Shoes go to Costa Rica for La Ruta Run

Jonathan Sinclair and Melissa Gosse left the cold weather in Edmonton, Alberta and jetted to Costa Rica for the La Ruta Run, perhaps the hardest ultramarathon in the world. We’ll have a full report about their trip and the race in about 48 hours. But until then, I wanted to share this quick story they […]