Barefoot Running Anyone?

Posted on January 12, 2010


Spurred on by The Great Running Shoe Debate, I investigated on barefoot running. To be honest, I felt the whole issue may jolly well be part of a conspiracy theory. I mean, even if it is true that barefoot running is beneficial and wearing running shoes actually harms your running gait and causes injuries (I’m not saying it is), people are not going to throw away their running shoes and start running naked overnight.

There will still be people heading out for a pair of ASCIS Kayano 16. It is all about marketing, advertisments and media. Research papers are not all that convincing. Successful athletes will.

Abebe Bikila's barefoot marathon gold

Ethiopian Abebe Bikila won the 1960 Olympic marathon gold medal in barefoot with a time of 2:15:16. In 1954, Roger Bannister ran a mile in 3:59.4, in thin leather slippers. And how about those Tarahumara tribe runners who are recently hailed as the best long distance runners in the world, wearing just hand-woven leather sandals.

But it is highly unlikely that those achievements be repeated in today’s world (read sponsorship). What we are already seeing are shoes made to promote the benefits of barefoot running. So watch out for more innovative products from the biggies like ASICS and New Balance.

If you are thinking of getting rid of your running shoes and running barefoot once and for all, read this. Check out his links too.