The minimalist footwear or no-wear movement is gaining ground amongst running at great speed. Since the 70’s we have been using the best science we have to create the most advanced shoes imaginable, but the level of injuries has not diminished, if anything injuries have increased. In this video from Nature, Havard Professor Daniel Lieberman demonstrates the benefits of barefoot running. He himself is a barefoot running and can be seen in the video running outside barefoot in what appears to be the winter.
Not all of us are willing to chuck the shoes and head out sans shoes. If your interested in running barefoot, but worry about the debris in your neighborhood you should look into the Vibram Five Fingers which provide the closest you can come to running barefoot, while still protecting your feet. Also, another great resource for these unique shoes is www.birthdayshoes.com.
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