It’s safe to say barefoot shoes (specifically Vibram FiveFingers) have changed my life. In particular the way I train and run.

They change your cadence and posture when running – resulting in shorter, lighter strides. This is particularly beneficial when it comes to sustainable fitness, as your knees don’t take as much of a pounding.

Also when squatting or dead lifting I find my base is firmer – previously only matched by taking off my shoes.

If you haven’t already done so, get some! And go for the craziest colour that feels comfortable 🙂

October 2020 Update: 8 years since writing this post, can confirm, I haven’t gone back to regular shoes. Since writing this post, the company Vivobarefoot have blossomed into a company that designs nice (somewhat overpriced) barefoot shoes – and they’re all I wear currently. I can no longer run like I used to 8 years ago… needing longer breaks in between jogs (i.e. every other day, or so, rather than multiple days in a row like I used to). But I think on the whole, the barefoot style of running has preserved my running ability better than the thick heeled alternative might have (although impossible to know for sure!)

Posted by John Alexander

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