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How NOT to Transition to Minimalist Shoes

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Following the recent settlement by Vibram over their FiveFinger shoes and the supposed health benefits, I’ve posted my take on the issue over at www.HumanBodyUserManual.com! This viewpoint is highly inspired by things I learned directly from Ken Bob Saxton and his book, Barefoot Running: Step by Step, and incorporated along with other knowledge about biomechanics and neuroscience.

– Stephanie Welch

 

How NOT to Transition to Minimalist Shoes

“As a practitioner of barefoot living, I advocate for the many benefits of reducing our reliance on shoes. However, getting people to understand that feet are important sensory organs is easy compared to trying to convince the majority to actually go barefoot. (I admit, it took me a year to make that leap myself, from the time I decided it was necessary.)

For many people, the “sensible” compromise to bulky and constricting footwear has been minimalist shoes, such as the well-known Vibram FiveFingers. However, in the face of Vibram’s recent class action settlement, not to mention studies showing increased injuries and higher impact forces in minimalist shoes, this solution is beginning to look rather dubious.

The trouble is, there is no partial solution. It’s a catch-22. The protective benefit of wearing minimalist shoes (as opposed to going barefoot) is precisely the quality which most undermines our long-term health and safety. Here’s why minimalist shoes can be more hazardous than either going barefoot or in traditional shoes, why transitioning through gradual exposure to them doesn’t work in the way most people suggest, and why it’s necessary to learn to move healthfully, regardless of what shoe you are or are not wearing.”

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Ken Bob’s Nor’easter 2013 update #1

For a good laugh, RunBarefootTour.com

Summary Drove from California, picked up Franco (a big pit bull) who needed a ride to Michigan, stopped in Utah, Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, New York (upstate), Vermont, and Maine. Related Links Ken Bob’s Nor’easter Plus Tour (2013) Herman climbs Smoky … read more

Michael Sandler and Ken Bob at the RunBare Walking Barefoot presentation

Ken Bob, Patrick, and Michael

Summary Michael Sandler presenting his and Jessica Lee’s new book, “Barefoot Walking: Free Your Feet to Minimize Impact, Maximize Efficiency, and Discover the Pleasure of Getting in Touch with the Earth” at REI in Manhattan Beach CA, and Barefoot Ken … read more

Sunset Beach Barefoot Running Day

2009 December 31 Low-Tide Fun Run

An International Barefoot Running Day event It will be a lot more fun, if you show up! The Sunset Beach Barefoot Running Day is part of the third annual International Barefoot Running Day celebration on 2013 May 5 Sunday International … read more

Ken Bob’s Running Barefoot Play-Fun-Shop, Santa Barbara CA, 2012 October 27

2012-07-20 Ken Bob at Boulder Running Company, Littleton CO

Santa Barbara CA, 2012 October 27 Ken Bob’s Short Running Barefoot Play-Fun-Shop Just starting out barefoot, or running? Afraid to take your shoes off, but want to reap some of the benefits of Barefoot Running? Having some problems getting some of … read more

Naked Foot 5K (2012 October 27 Saturday) Santa Barbara California

2011-05-21 Naked Foot 5K, Santa Barbara CA

Summary Bring a pair of shoes to donate and “run naked”! Kids under 12 run FREE, the event benefits charities Soles4Souls and Kids Run America. Stay for the after party with live music, barefoot wine, games and more fun! Sign … read more