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Are minimalist footwear just like barefoot?
"I bought the Vibram Five-Fingers running shoes and was wondering if they cause injuries like running shoes or if it is just like barefoot? -Matthew"
This is an old question, but it still comes up frequently, and does reflect an issue that can lead to dangerous situations...
Any kind of shoe deceives us by making bad running technique more comfortable so that instead of changing our running technique so that it is more safe, gentle, and efficient, we might run in a way that could cause ourselves injury in the long term....
Running Technique: Fundamental and Incidental Actions
By Barefoot Ken Bob Saxton
When we look at running technique, it's often easy to focus too much on specific actions that are incidental to other more fundamental actions. Then when we try to imitate those incidental actions, all hell breaks loose.
For example, if we move our body forward, our feet will move quickly to catch up. This fast cadence is observed by a student of running, and that student might jump to the conclusion that she/he needs to move his/her feet quickly to match the technique of that runner. But, from that runner's point of view, she/he simply tried to move forward, and her/his feet moved quickly in response to get back under their body.
Another example is "leaping". Running, by definition, means that both feet are off the ground at some point in each step. So the observer may conclude...
Back by popular demand ...... February Toes on Roads Competition
By Martin (gueng)
Dear Barefooters and Minimalists around the World,
It is my pleasure to announce that the next Toes on Roads Competition, which will be held in February 2015 (so you don't have to wait until May as announced earlier) will start at 00:00 (12:00 am) UTC, February 1, 2015, and finish at 23:59 (11:59 pm) UTC, February 28, 2015.
Here is the spreadsheet...
2015 IBRD™ TEE SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST IS ON!
WE NEED YOU!
The 5th Annual International Barefoot Running Day™ will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015!
It's that time of year again! Time to start the 2015 IBRD Tee Shirt DESIGN Contest!
The International Barefoot Running Day T-shirt design contest has begun! The contest idea was inspired by the threads with awesome barefoot sayings and some great foot print designs added to the Zazzle store shirts. In order to get the word out about 2015 International Barefoot Running Day and give us some awesome shirt choices for this wonderful event, we are going to have a contest. If you've got design skills, then we'd like to see what you can come up with!
What is your...
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