Barefoot Running Shose Difficult To Wear Your Foot Strikes And Form

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I am hyper aware that there is nothing between my naked foot and the possibility of putting 190 pounds of pressure directly onto something sharp. When wearing running sneakers, it can often be difficult to assess your foot strikes and form.

McDonnell chronicles an ultra-marathon race in Mexico’s Copper Canyons attended by a group of Americans including “Barefoot Ted” McDonald, who either ran sans shoes or in Five Fingers, in case of sharp rocks. The author argues that we’d be better off without the souped-up shoes marketed to us by giants like Nike and Adidas, which he says have done nothing to prevent injuries.

Running barefoot allows you to feel exactly where you are hitting the ground on your feet and how your foot muscles respond to it. In so doing, these runners use the architecture of the foot and leg and some clever Newtonian physics to avoid hurtful and potentially damaging impacts, equivalent to two to three times body weight, that shod heel-strikers repeatedly experience.


  1. Traditional running shoes atrophy the glutes. I dumped my Nikes for GistFiveToes. My Gists have brought my tone back, and I feel like I am connecting to the Earth when I run. After some more training, I am going to go completely barefoot. I tried others (Vibram & Five Fingers), but the zipper on the Gists makes them fit more snugly.

    Gists seem to be the only toe shoes that have a zipper, so they actually fit. They don't fall off like some other five finger type shoes. I zip them up to keep the glop off my feet, but I unzip to wear them indoors. They are $50 without a promo code at

  2. barefoot running shoes and its practice is a Do-it-yourself refloxology...!


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