Fantastic video by Dan Lieberman about barefoot running http://www.nesn.com/2010/09/is-running-barefoot-better-for-you-than-running-with-sneakers.html
This blog post is really interesting. Nicely presented blog post on barefoot running shoes http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2009/05/07/vibram-five-fingers-shoes/
shoe kitchen: barefoot forward?
Many people assume that barefeet are inherently unable to cope with hard surfaces such as concrete. This is non-sense spread by sports shoe manufacturers to help increase sales of cushioned soles.
Whilst being barefoot millions of years ago was as nature intends it, I’m sure there are various arguments against now – for one given the man-made often tarmacked environments we’ve created for ourselves
Yelling Stop: Modified New Balance MT100s
This guy had his New Balance running shoes modified to be more barefoot like. Most interesting is how every time he wore them his old injuries came back. I had the same experienced with many shoes over the years.
I ran in these pretty regularly in the winter, but found after a while that they gave me runner’s knee. Reverting to Vibrams cured the runner’s knee immediately, going back to the 100s brought it back. Even wearing the Russell mocs was better on my knee, despite the weight. My colleague, owner of the unmodified pair above, had the same thing happen to him, and I’ll note that Anton Krupicka, the athlete for which these were designed, has been battling a similar issue for quite some time.
Just visited a dedicated running shoe shop in paddington london. Not a single barefoot shoe to be seen. Either they have sold out or London runners are yet to see the benefits of barefoot running. On the other hand they be running without shoes having skipped the minimalst shoes altogether, but I doubt it.
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Interesting review of the “Born to Run” book plus a very interesting testimonial:-
There is a tribe in Mexico that runs either barefoot and sandals, over a hundred of miles at a time and do not have injuries. We have become so dependent on running shoes that are legs and feet have become weaker, hence all the achilles, knee injuries, stress fractures shin splints. When you do not run with all of the cushioning you are using different muscles that make your legs and feet stronger. I have never had an injury running until i bought my first pari of shoes that cost more than $45.
Fantastic video by Dan Lieberman about barefoot running. http://www.nesn.com/2010/09/is-running-barefoot-better-for-you-than-running-with-sneakers.html
Look out for the bit when he talks about how quadrupeds can't pant when they gallop. Very interesting.