Barefoot running teaches you how to run correctly, just as barefoot walking teaches you how to walk correctly. Should we all go barefoot 24/7? Probably not. Even noted Harvard researcher Dr. Daniel Lieberman can tell you that.
My view: become a highly informed shoe consumer, stay away from footwear that impairs natural foot function — whether you're running a 10-miler or walking to work or school. Incorporate periodic barefoot striders at a local track, athletic field, or golf fairway.
It's become popular to fault running footwear since Born to Run was published last year. But too many people get involved in marathon training with feet that have been severely compromised from decades of poorly supportive shoes. Trendy loafers, Chuck Taylors, Uggs, Vans, et al are NOT in your feet's best interests.
And many other running converts never learned proper running mechanics before dedicating themselves to marathon training programs, and those who do, log much of their milage on concrete sidewalks — a perfect storm for chronic injury. This core problem is rarely discussed anywhere in our media.
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