The little lie of barefoot running

As the barefoot running boom continues to explode, it’s important that we debunk the mythology that’s sprung up and face some facts. And perhaps the most obvious fact is this: If you run with anything between your skin and the ground, you are not barefoot runner. Let me say that again. If you wear Vibram […]

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, […]

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 […]

A new way to tie your huarache running sandals

Sonja came up with this novel way to tie your huarache running sandals that doesn’t involve a cord coming up between your toes. As she points out, one potential drawback is that your foot can more easily shift forward on the sole compared to what happens when you have the cord between your toes… but, […]

Does knowing how to make huaraches running sandals give you super powers?

Having now made hundreds of pairs of huarache barefoot running sandals, and having spoken with many others who’ve done the same, I’m here to report a startling fact. Knowing how to make your own shoes — even making minimalist running shoes like Tarahumara-style huaraches — definitely gives you super powers. Oh, I don’t mean the […]

Barefoot Jason’s Xero Shoes Pre-view

Here’s a “pre-review”from Barefoot Jason of our original Vibram Cherry DIY Kit back when we were still called Invisible Shoe! — http://barefootjason.blogspot.com/2010/04/invisibleshoescom-huaraches-first.html Invisibleshoe.com Huaraches First Impressions and Kickoff to 100 Miler Training I received my invisibleshoe.com huaraches yesyerday.  I have been communicating with Steven Sashen for a few months as I love supporting anyone that […]

The Tarahumara Go Running for DAYS

About once or twice a week, someone emails me and asks: Doesn’t the string between your toes hurt or cause blisters? After crafting a number of long-winded answers, I finally realized the simplest one: Remember, the Tarahumara Indians run in huaraches for hours and hours… sometimes for DAYS at a time. Clearly, you couldn’t spend […]

How to tie huaraches sandals – 3 new ideas!

There are so many ways to tie huaraches barefoot running sandals. I want to show you two cool pictures that’ll probably give you more ideas of your own. First, Zach Bergen didn’t want the knot between his toes (even though you’ll probably never feel it, since it’s in between your toes and flattens out pretty […]