What Makes a “Minimalist” Shoe?

If you’ve been following the idea of barefoot running for the past few years, you’ve probably seen A LOT of different shoes that all claim to be great for “barefoot style” running. Some of these are also referred to as “minimalist” shoes. But as with most things related to sales and marketing, you can’t blindly … Read moreWhat Makes a “Minimalist” Shoe?

Barefoot Guide: Further Improvement of Running Form

Running form is very important when going barefoot. Going barefoot naturally shifts your stride. This is a good thing. You get more of a mid-foot strike. That comes by necessity, since a barefoot heel strike hurts! But to continue to progress, get faster, lessen chance of injury, pay attention to your form and try to … Read moreBarefoot Guide: Further Improvement of Running Form

Barefoot Guide: Dangers of Running Barefoot

Remember how I said barefoot running can help to reduce injury? Well, that’s true, but it’s not the full story. There are definitely some dangers to watch out for when running barefoot. You actually open yourself up to quite a few new injuries. Injuries from stepping on thorns and glass. Burns from hot pavement, deep … Read moreBarefoot Guide: Dangers of Running Barefoot

Barefoot Guide: “Barefoot” Shoe Options

You probably won’t be running completely barefoot every time, especially when it comes to long distance runs, rough terrain, and winter weather. (Heck, I love to go barefoot, but I still only go barefoot in grass fields and indoors.) So I’m going to list some barefoot-style shoes that will allow you to run more naturally … Read moreBarefoot Guide: “Barefoot” Shoe Options

Barefoot Guide: Transitioning to Barefoot Running

Now that you’re thinking of trying this barefoot running idea, you have to know how to transition into barefoot running. You can’t just ditch your shoes and go run a marathon! There’s a huge difference between Kenyans (who typically run barefoot since they first learn to walk) and most Americans who have spent the past … Read moreBarefoot Guide: Transitioning to Barefoot Running