Barefoot Running | GTN Investigates The Pros And Cons


– As an athlete I had plenty of advice on my choice of footwear
and my running gait, but I never actually had barefoot
running recommended to me, and as a result, I didn’t try it. So I want to explore the
development of this type of running with my own investigation
and the added help of some top level podiatrists. Ultimately, should you
try barefoot running? Or are you better off
sticking with your trainers? Now before we begin,
I think it may be wise to give a quick history on
what this craze is all about. In 1960 Abebe Bikila won
Olympic gold in the marathon, running the whole race barefoot. And this was a milestone in athletics as it was the first time in modern history that an athlete had won
a major race barefoot. 1962, New Balance joined the competition with the first scientifically
researched shoe. Another company arose in this decade from a coach, Bill Bowerman,
and one of his athletes who came up with a lightweight
shoe providing a heel wedge, and they went on to name the brand Nike. Much to the shoe
manufacturers’ disapproval, the famous South African middle
distance runner Zola Budd won all of her races barefoot, even breaking the 5K world record in 1985. If we then leap forward to the 1990s the emphasis was on bigger
shoes with more cushioning. Brands such as Reebok,
with the Reebok pumps, and then Nike, with the
hugely popular Nike Air. Then there was a change in 2004 as Nike released the Nike Free, which they claimed helped
to strengthen the foot. This was a sign of a move away from the ever supporting,
cushioning shoe designs. A year later, in 2005, the
Vibram 5 Fingers were released. Four years later again,
the sales and popularity of this minimalist shoe
escalated after the release of the book Born to
Run by Chris McDougall. There was a notable swing back
against the minimalist shoe when Hoka released their
first shoe in 2010, which boasted 2 1/2 times more cushioning than a normal training shoe. Then there was another new
development just last year with Nike releasing their Vapour 4%, that was worn in world
record-breaking runs. Well as much as this
investigation is about me and my opinion, I
thought it was probably time I got an expert opinion as well, so Claire has very
kindly agreed to join me. Claire is an HCPC registered podiatrist, and an ex-professional
runner, so I’m delighted. Claire, thanks so much for coming. – Oh, thank you for inviting me. – So Claire I know you’re
not a massive advocate of barefoot running, but what things can we learn from barefoot running that could maybe help, you know, everyday runners who use trainers? What can we take from it? – So, I do think there’s a place for barefoot running
within training programmes. We are a shod community;
we do all of our training with trainers on, we walk with shoes on, so to go from being shod to barefoot needs real sort of progression and study. So, maybe I can talk about it
from a personal point of view, where I use barefoot running would be at the end of a session;
I take my trainers off and I might do my warm-down
loops around a track barefoot, or I might do a few strides
on the beach barefoot, but that’s about all me, as an athlete– – And why would you do that? What was that giving your running? – So you’re going from a shoe
where the foot is supported to a non-shoe environment where the foot actually has to work, so it’s really making all those little intrinsic muscles of the foot power up and start working, and it actually works in conjunction with the extrinsic muscles
of the foot as well. So it is a way of getting
the foot to be more powerful, in a safe environment really. – And when you’re doing most
of your running with trainers, and the clients that you have, what are the main problems
that trainers can give runners? Because obviously yes
there’s lots of benefits, and that’s why you’re an advocate for it. But what are the downsides
of wearing trainers and what problems do you see? – So, badly fitting trainers
can cause lots of problems; they can cause inshoe friction, which can cause corns/calluses,
ingrown toenails. It can then on the mechanical
side of things you can look at things like plantar
fasciosis, plantar fasciitis; you can get achilles strains. You can get bony joint deformities. – Because of trainers? – Well yeah, you can,
if they’re badly fitting you can get lots of conditions. That’s why it’s really important
to find what suits you. – And what’s the main thing
that a trainer offers? Like, what are you looking
for in a shoe, in a trainer? Or what are you advising
people to look for? – Yeah, so you’re looking
for support, really. Support, protection,
and comfort, I would say are the three main areas
that you’re looking for. You’re looking for a trainer
that will perform its function. Are you going to be going walking? Are you going to be running? What are you going to be
doing with these trainers? Are you long distance;
are you short distance? My trainer that I use for
racing will be different to the the trainer that
I use for training. So it really comes down to what
you need this trainer to do. – So if you’re going
to do barefoot running, or if you’ve ever seen
any barefoot runners, what problems might arise from it? Or, what could you see as a
barefoot runner, as a problem? – So I’ve seen quite
a few barefoot runners that have presented in the
clinic with stress fractures. – Of which part, the foot or the leg, or– – Mainly in the shin. The shin and also oscillating
a little bit higher up into the hip. Also with barefoot runners, they tend to acquire a fallen arch quite quickly. And they often get sort of
plantar fascial problems. So I had one barefoot
runner come into the clinic; he got rid of his knee
pain, but he got foot pain. – Right. – So, he’s now trying
to find a balance there with whether he puts his
shoes on or takes them off. And then, what he’s done
is he’s found a balance; he does a little bit of barefoot
and then some shod running. So I think it’s all about
finding your own formula. – Well it’s time to investigate. And we learned from watching I couldn’t actually find any grass, so we’re going to improvise
and use this beach and then the promenade. And I expect you’re like me and you’ve done some running on the beach, but probably never thought about it. Now I have run on the
beach in trainers before, and barefoot, but I’ve
never really thought about how it feels different and
what it does to my stride. So this time I’m going to be
really thinking about that, but also I’m going to watch
the footage back and see if it changes the way I run
and the way my foot moves, and then I’m going to do exactly
the same on the promenade, and run it with trainers
and then with barefoot. I haven’t done much running
barefoot on the hard, so I expect that to feel
even more different. To be honest, going barefoot
feels so refreshing. Childhood memories of running on the beach come flooding back. It actually feels natural as
my feet are constantly adapting to the change in the sand
as I land and push off. And this makes for an
all round enjoyable run, whilst feeling like a full
workout for my lower leg, and my core, to that matter. Now onto the promenade, and
a surface I’m familiar with. As expected, the use of
trainers on this type of surface proves nothing new; the
support from my trainers allows me to power through the movement whilst keeping my foot in
a more stable position. Thus, I’m able to run hard and fast while staying comfortable. (relaxed club music) Shoes off, and despite the slow-mo walkup, I’m slightly apprehensive due
to the hard, gravely surface. What did surprise me though was the change in my foot strike; it became quite flat and
less energy-transferring from one stride to the next. Oh and ouch, that’s the gravel. To be honest, I’ve never
really thought about the weight of my shoe and its effects, and it wasn’t until I directly compared running with trainers
to then running barefoot that I noticed how much
lighter I felt barefoot. Now, I run with a fairly
neutral, cushioned trainer, and then I also insert
these very rigid orthotics. Now, I was given these
because I was diagnosed as an overpronator years ago when I suffered from longterm shin splits, and I wasn’t massively won over by them but I did eventually become
injury free whilst using these and to be honest, I’ve never
actually risked taking them out and going back to neutral running. I found running barefoot was really nice on the plantar fascia, so
the underside of my foot, as it naturally let it stretch out and let my foot move as it wanted to. On the counter side, I did find though, that my calves got quite tight. So, if you do think about wanting to incorporate barefoot
running into your training, then something worth
considering is definitely doing some calf strengthening exercises
and plenty of stretches. If I did decide to take
barefoot running any further, I’d definitely start by
just reducing the support, so just going for a more minimalist shoe, but still going for a
shoe to protect my foot from the surface. But at the moment, after
this investigation, I’m not prepared to make
any dramatic changes. Because I did have so many
injuries as a younger athlete, and to be honest, I’ve just
enjoyed being able to run now and I’m not patient enough
to take it back to basics so I can’t do the miles and
race like I can at the moment. In summary, my opinion
is, if it’s not broken then don’t fix it. Having said that that, this investigation has made me realise that my
foot has got a little bit lazy, so I’m going to try and
reintegrate some exercises, maybe a bit of barefoot running
at the end of hard sessions when I’ve got a grass field to run on, or maybe some exercises in a sand pit, just to help get my foot strong and really protect me from injury. If you’ve had any experience
with barefoot running, I’d love to hear from you so do let us know in the comment section below. And if you haven’t done so yet, subscribe to GTN by clicking on the globe. And if you want to know
how to run a fast half mile and you want some training tips, there’s a great video that we did with GCN’s Dan Lloyd just here. We’ve also been talking about stretches; you want a video on that,
I made one just here.

100 Comments

  • The best for everyone (there might me exceptions) is to run 100% barefoot all the time. But starting with it needs a few weeks to get in to it. After the first run – don't make it longer than 2 minutes – you won't be able to run again for up to 3 weeks because of your sore muscles. But it gets better every time you run. Whan starting, be careful on wet asphalt, because the water softens your skin and the asphalt demages it like sand paper. And also be careful if it is to cold.

    Run on your forefoot and not your heel! That might need a little training to get in to it. There are videos on Youtube that show how to run barefoot.

  • Wow.
    This is certainly a topic where people come out hard on one or the other side.

  • Damn.. she thick 👌

  • These people are idiots

  • Why would you incorporate barefoot sessions after a hard training when you are tired? Sounds like a recipe for an injury…

  • I was an avid runner for several years and then everything fell apart, pain everywhere, developed a chronic fatigue disorder and so on. A couple of years ago I was able to get back into running and was wearing the Brooks GTS, and was soon in the market for a new shoe. I've always been fascinated with barefoot running. I decided to go more that direction and discovered the Altra Escalante. I figured I'm basically starting over anyway, so might as well give it a try. It does take time to build up to running with this kind of shoe, but once you do you will love them. They are foot shaped and allow for the toes to naturally spread. I discovered muscle function that had been missing from my feet. I've increased mobility from my toes up to my hips. It's the greatest decision I ever made. I smashed my personal bests in the 5k and 10k distances.

  • I've been running in VFF's and other extremely minimalist shoes, for nearly two years now (and thousands of km's)!

    I used to get runners knee and IT band syndrome consistently with regular trainers, but have been completely injury free side going extreme minimalist!

    It takes quite a while to get appropriate strength and technique, but once you have, it's so much easier to run (for me)!

    I'm currently training for my first Ironman in 2019.

  • Running on the soft sand of the beach doesn't teach you the proper running form. People think our running ancestors ran on soft grass or dirt, but if you look at deer trails or other worn paths, you'll find quite a few areas with stones, roots or just hard ground. Learn to run on a hard level surface, and you'll soon learn not to come down with your heel first. I was plagued on & off by plantar fasciitis for years when I started running in my slippers. Within 2 weeks, my active plantar fasciitis disappeared, and hasn't come back since. Yes, there are some aches along the way, and it can take 6 months to adjust, but the better form decreases wear on your knees & hips.
    As you get tired, you may go from your balls of your feet to your heels a bit too hard and so some heel cushioning is not bad as long as it doesn't degrade your form.

  • Great balanced report!

  • I will have to kill you if you keep pronouncing 'Nike' like this instead of 'nikee'.

    Despite what the Podiatrist says, you are not looking for support, it will take time but once you've regained the ability to run barefoot you are just fine without any kind of support at all. Cushy shoes don't provide good purchase on landing. Bad news is it will probably take a couple of years to adjust, though you can enjoy it straight away be prepared to tear your calf muscles if you push too hard too soon.

    It's not a common thing where I am but I'm doing triathons 'barefoot', in practice unless the surface is known it's safer to wear Vibrams, which is almost the same.

  • It's Ni- KEY! and it's VEE-brum!

  • There's no evidence using running shoes lowers injuries. Humans have been running without shoes for 200 thousand years. Barefoot running is natural and normal.

  • your form is not good.

  • Word Salad, This video didn't even address the main argument between Barefoot and Shoes.

  • you gotta break your foot in. it will hurt at first but you will get stronger feet eventually

  • If you run barefoot like you are in the thumbnail, then your are gonna have problems. You have to run on your toes and forefoot, and use the rest of the foot as a spring. The heel shouldn't contact the ground at any point ideally. I don't do full barefoot, but I use Vibram five fingers and they have saved my knees and ankles when running. Life changing.

  • I could never run barefoot. Hardly can walk it.
    But did run 10km roadrace in 29:01 a 4:06 mile and 2:20 marathon with no advance prep (had 10km XCo race day before but beers in a bar introduced me to the marathon next day)

  • It's sickening how much robbery is done, the least you can do is give credit to the indigenous people who you stole from.

  • Is the terrain not completely different now than it was when we were running hundreds of years ago. Would it be fair to say that barefoot running on hard roads etc is not ideal? Just a thought

  • Quite a biased report, no? ……….How about interviewng someooe fro the barefoot camp???? Are you talkign about barefoot or zero drop??
    I switched to zero drop shoes two years ago. Since then i have never had any joint or muscular pain. Do what you like but overly cushioned , high raised heeled shoes are not natural. Completley barefoot (naked feet) I can't recommend for obvious reasons of safety. All I can say is zero drop has been the thing for me and has allowed me to continue and progress.
    I feel that most sports shops sell shoes for fashion…not many shop assistants kno anything about running or 'drop' …do your own research and experiment. …. I tried a shoe with a very low drop but had pain again…….Companies want you to buy the new BS….There is a period of transition as your calf muscle strengthen over time. An empty report.

  • No shoes on grass and sand etc is probably good. But I wouldn't dare run on Concrete without trainers.

  • Only ran in vibrams for the last 8 years (currently V-runs), these bitches gotta build up that foot strength!
    When you get used to it you can’t wear anything else. So fast, so light, so free, zero injuries, I’ll race anyone who thinks otherwise.

  • Has a Triathlon channel, doesn't know how to pronounce Nike.

  • Mike is Mike

    Nike is Nike

    Not Mikee and not Nikee.

    LOGIC

  • That "expert" is fucking useless. The human foot has evolved perfectly. Put on some barefoot shoes so you don't get glass in your foot and have at it.

    LOGIC

  • "If it's not broken…" but it is, manifested by existing and previous injuries, running in the common way. If anything, keep your cushioned shoe, but focus on the forefront strike. Barefoot / forefoot running is literally learning to run again — may be easier for those who haven't got a solid running background to begin with, to explore this method of running over what they think running is. But, like anything, technique and stretching and strength building is key, in any way you go about it.

  • 0:10 the development?
    Barefoot running has been a thing since the ice age 😂
    Its only because people have caught wind on the subject.
    I mean I wouldn't expect a caveman to be wearing some adidas ultraboost to run.

  • I can only share my positive experience with barefoot running. I used to run shoes with lot of Amortisation. Went even to extremes. However, each time I went over 10-12 k, day after my knee hurt. It didn't hurt by itself, but by touching points inside knee where muscle bands are attached to the bone. I did two marathons that way, and you can imagine paint I had to sustain. Then I heard of barefoot running. That was 6-7- year ago. I said: "What the Hell, it can't be worse!". My first attempt was on the treadmill, couple of weeks after I finished full marathon, so I was fit. I didn't have minimalist shoe at the time! Not being equiped for barefoot, I was overly forcing stepping on my toes (to offset shoe drop) and I got terrible crimps in my calf after running only 200-300 meters. But that didn't discourage me. I kept on trying and ultimatelly got there.Today I have set of running shoes. Some being true barefoot (no drop, no damper), some being low drop (2-4 mm). My knee pain went away. Id didn't show-up ever again. I did couple of marathons that way. All happy days. In full honesty, I do true barefoots only for short races/trainings, up to 15 k. If I go beyond I use low drops, with somewhat curved sole. It is not that much about coushioning, but on longer runs, my calf get tired and that natural damper is going away, so that slight support in foot transition is good thing.So, it worked for me. It may not work for everyone, but everyone may try and decide. Good luck!

  • Thanks for enjviting me 😂

  • I use Merrell vapor glove and trail glove. Very close to barefoot but with the protection of. 'sock' . It's taken me 4y to get where I gave. A lot of foot exercises at home and work

  • My own formula: If I can't run like nature intended, FUCK IT.

  • Imagine being so brainwashed that you see going 'barefoot' as a new thing as trainers as the 'traditional' method. How utterly fucking ridiculous.

  • does all of britain mispronounce Nike or is it just her?

  • "if it's not broke dont fix it" – True. I am 48yrs old, was enjoying running my whole life, but had to stop 15yrs ago: back disc pain and knee meniscus problems always over and over again. Since 1 year now I am running barefoot, no problems so far, never felt so good for a long time. The problem: If I would have known earlier it might had saved my lots of pain. But doctors wouldnt give you that advice, they wanna sell you secial shoe insoles or want to slice you up.

  • "A quick history of what this craze is" should have started at approx -2,000,000 years ago.. but anyway.

  • Running barefoot on grass or sand is pretty much pointless (at least for your feet) since you're just replacing the cushioning of the shoes with the cushioning of those surfaces.

  • I made the mistake of transitioning too quickly but I persevered and have now run 9 marathons without shoes including the Boston Marathon. If I could give the me of seven years ago advice it would be this: 1) Buy zero drop, thin soled work and casual shoes and start wearing those exclusively outside of running. 2) start every run barefoot for a short distance (less than 1/4 mile then put shoes back on and finish the run then add bf miles slowly. 3) watch The Soc Doc on YouTube and heed his advice for any issues with leg, knee or foot pain. 4) Your soles get tough fast but the bones, ligaments and tendons do not; give them time!

    I've trained 70+ mile weeks 80% barefoot and the rest using Soft Stars or Vibrams. I will never wear shoes with heals or support again. Things you may not know: 1)Trails are way harder to run barefoot than pavement and I still can't handle gravel for more than a mile without swearing. (They use basalt gravel around here and that stuff us sharp! 2) Barefoot keeps you cooler than shod even on hot pavement. The weight of even a light shoe is still noticeable once you've run without shoes.

  • All my running problems have been from wearing wrong shoes. I can't tell you even what shoes are good, I just try different shoes and when I have the right shoe the problem goes and I stick with that model of shoe. Problem is sometimes they stop producing that model and then I start looking for a new shoe and the problems start anew. It's really the part I hate the most in running is buying good shoes.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzZWLuMn_lc

  • It took me two years of transitioning to run a marathon barefoot properly. (Berlin, streets only, no blisters, no injuries whatsoever…).

  • The transition to barefoot/minimalist running takes time. It has taken me several years, due to the fact that I have been shod in both walking and running my whole life. When you wear shoes, not just running shoes, your are basically putting your foot in a cast, and of course your foot muscles atrophy, and tendons become stiff. I can now run in minimal footwear but still need time to toughen my feet to running around completely barefoot. The other thing that people forget when they talk about running barefoot, is that yes our feet and legs were designed to run barefoot, but not on completely flat pavement. They were designed to run around on varying terrain of deserts, forest floors and tundra. Therefore running barefoot on pavement may not be be such a good idea, with exception of reducing weight.

    I recommend these books in this order, if you want to make the transition:
    Whole Body Barefoot: Transitioning Well to Minimal Footwear, by Katy Bowman (A biomechanist)
    The Running Revolution: How to Run Faster, Farther, and Injury-Free–For Life, by Nicholas Romanov (Olympic coach and world-renowned sports scientist)

  • My heels never touch the ground when I run without shoes

  • THICC

  • If it ain't broke don't fix it? Yeah that was true when you were 5

  • We're too late to start this barefoot hype.We're born to run barefoot so if we start from childhood maybe our body will adapt completely with this barefoot method if not take it slowly

  • I like that this is being talked about but it is an incomplete analysis as both physics and physiology need to be taken into account. You cannot run once without shoes and say "oh it isnt that great, its better for me with shoes" . One has to build back up the specific muscles, conditioning and correct the mechanics of strides, in order to gain the true view of the difference between barefoot and shoe running.

  • so barefoot running started with a race where a man ran with no shoes? Im pretty sure it dates back a tad earlier than that. You do not have to adapt to barefoot running you need to reverse the damage of shoes.

  • Be me grew up in the Philippines where you grow up playing and running around barefoot in my opinion running barefoot gave me a great running form

  • Fallen arches? My arches got higher after switching to minimalist shoes. Same story for most of the people I've spoken to.

  • I noticed the timeline in the beginning had no mention of Altra running shoes, who have adopted wide toe boxes and 0mm heel-to-toe drops in all of their shoes. Maybe this is a middle ground of building foot, calve and ankle strength but also protecting your feet from hard surfaces?

  • If she had transitioned to barefoot running years ago she would have never had shin splints I bet!

  • What an absolute load of shit.

  • Thank you for this video! I know you’re feeling hesitant but your honesty in trying to investigate helped me realize I really do wanna get some vibrams

  • I couldn't run for more than about 10 minutes without knee pain until I changed to a zero drop shoe (no cushioning with Vivo and mild cushioning with Altra) and a forefoot strike. 45 minute 6 km runs are no problem now and I'm looking forward to running faster and further.

  • I have run barefoot for 3 years. Now I coud say: I will never use cushion or drop again.

  • I transitioned to minimalist and barefoot a couple months ago. I was wanting to do this since high school and the opportunity came when I went into college and stopped competing cause of work and studies. It was easier to transition as I ran and did strength endurance workouts for a few years before this. What I did was I started in the minimalist. I ran a few days a week in them and when I was about 80% tired I’d stop then do my workouts after. I didn’t work out hard. I worked out to feel tired not super worked cause I didn’t want my body to feel tired for my next run. Especially my legs. I was careful and made sure they got tired not super worked.
    I was able to run for an hour until I shifted to minimalist and barefoot which dropped me to about 15 minutes of safe running (I was adapting so I had to drop a lot).
    Basically I’m super fit now and I’ve built up to running on a treadmill’s maximum incline for 15 mins with minimalist, I can do incline treadmill stride intervals in minimalist, I can do long runs in them, I can do 20 mins barefoot, sprint 100s barefoot, and even jump higher cause my calves, Achilles’ tendons, and arches are muscular more developed and bouncier. Old injuries I’ve had are eased a lot and my knees never hurt and my feet never hurt and my abs got more athletic and it’s all cause of the pure natural work of using more muscles. If you rush into it you’ll hurt yourself. But if you are super patient and take it easy and build up, it’ll work. Don’t forget to stretch and eat well and sleep LOTS. This training needs so much sleep. More than usual. Your feet need the sleep

  • Your body needs to train and adapt to barefoot running… i'm using FiveFingers from years and i cannot turn back to normal shoes for running. You have to train for month (literally) increasing progressively the distance to adapt muscles to that effort because when you run barefoot there's no shoes that absorb the impact and your muscles have to compensate it… but you are born to do this!!! And your cadence changes too: my cadence was around 160 spm with normal shoes but now with years of Vibram FiveFingers my cadence is regularly 190 spm! Frequency increased (naturally) for a minor effort and less energy consumption, less bouncing, less stress and higher constant speed… i never tried it with STRYD because i don't need it yet, but i'm quite sure that power increases in barefoot running respect to regular because of a greater efficiency… your body is born to run barefoot… otherwise god made you with nike air on your feet… 😉

    PS: …and personally i think that there is an entire shoe market that lives on structured shoes and has no benefit to tell you that you don't need them…

  • I wear Nike Free during some short easy sessions…I agree barefoot running can be hard on the calves
    Thanks much Heather

  • Barefoot running is a lifestyle. It's not a fad. It is how our feet were designed to be used. You can see in the front on view with trainers on the foot doesn't land correctly. The main thing about BF. running is you have to transition from shoes to Barefoot as your feet have been held in a split for so long they are week. I have been running" BF" with vibrams for years now and I can't run in anything else. I hate wearing shoes for work and can't wait to get them off.
    My legs shins and knees are all much stronger and no pain what so ever compared to when I ran with padded trainers.

  • It takes adaptation before just doing all of your running barefoot. But one way to start is cheap and simple.

    Just get a pair of those watersocks at Walmart for $5 and wear those as much as possible when out and about and go barefoot otherwise. Or, they have a wide toebox version for $10.

    Continue training in shoes for the most part while incorporating more time barefoot though.

  • One note on the opinions of podiatrists. I heard one on a podcast the other day claim that in podiatry school they were not taught much of anything regarding causation or prevention of injuries. What they WERE taught was diagnosis and treatment.

    I don't want to sound like "conspiracy brother," but it's interesting that those happen to be the two things that produce revenue, whereas prevention does not.

  • The minimalist running ethos makes traditional podiatry redundant, of coarse she's not going to be all for it.

  • shoes give you protection but also makes the foot weaker. Just like in life, everything has advantages and disadvantages. Finding the right balance is important, which is why I like this video.

  • Barefoot running fixed my shin splints instantly from which I suffered for years

  • Make a video about someone who never wore shoes and compare that to them wearing shoes for the first time

  • Sorry GTN, but this video is quite rubbish. Talking with one "specialist" (hearing her, it's quite obvious she is not as objective as should be) and you only did 2 short sessions barefoot? Grab yourself a pair of Vibram FiveFingers, like V-Run or V-Trail for some more cushion, of KSO Evo for a more minimalist experience, use them for a few months and see how it feels.

  • No no no, you DON'T want support. And how on earth do you get foot problem with barefoot.

  • I agreed with her on the calf soreness after my first barefoot run

  • Asking podiatrists about barefoot running is one of the most predictable things you can watch. It is always the same.

  • I ran 3 times barefoot and the running technic got better instantly, but I got some serious bruises and a lot of pain, the first time was horrible, then it got better, but I understood that there MUST be a transition because our foot are not prepared to touch the ground since they haven't done that for the most of our lives. Now I run with fivefinger shoes, you can still feel all parts of your foot touching the ground at the same time like it should do. You totally avoid heel strike and you can feel your body working together to create a solid and fluid locomotion. IG: yourpersonalnoton

  • i really wanted to know the pros and cons. Especially long term effects and dangers, pitfalls to avoid. I expected an investigation, something what journalists and scientists do.

  • 4:52 mmmmm

  • Could your calves burn because you went from a 2% drop shoe to barefoot (zero drop). I think that would be great to cover, a sloped shoe vs. a zero drop.

  • Less than 4 minutes in, and already know how it is going to end….. disaster…. My own personal experience? About 6 months for a transitioning period, increasing strength in my legs, never have ANY injury since completing my transition, same pace or faster, more focus on form. Sure it's hard at first, but now I run half marathons in barefoot shoes and only wear barefoot shoes ever,

  • This video is painful and awfully bias.

  • ok so, podiatry and structural foot problems are one thing.
    Yes you build up callous' and your body adapts, and it is more efficient… blah blah blah
    we wear foot protection because there are some pretty nasty little critters in the soil. bacteria, parasites, and virus'
    you can run in barefeet all you want. but when shit goes down and you have a foot rotting off due to a common bacteria normally not scene in infections, well best of luck to you.
    hint it normally isn't seen in the western world because everyone wears shoes, but if africa you see this kind of stuff all the time.

    It is the same idea as legalizing pot… society has forgotten why it was made illegal in the first place. People are not productive when smoking pot. It is not that it is unsafe or bad for your health. What happens to your society when 1/4 of your population smokes weed every day? well they sure as hell don't produce 11 billion in agriculture sales. That would be north dakota, a whopping 190k people work in the ag industry and produce that much money…

    people have forgotten why we wear shoes. It is because the outside is dirty. not filthy dirty, but bacteria dirty.

  • I turned off when the "expert " came on ,clueless, blah blah get good fitting trainers.

    I almost died from training in old age , I had to sort my feet out , I can tell you no body has a clue,especially this expert

    The feet pump water and air round body , mine do this , nobody else's does

  • I had a very hard time getting through the first minutes of the video because of the mispronunciation of the globally dominant company name Nike. Has she never heard how to say Nike?

  • Were you born with shoes on? have you seen cheetah running with shoes on? Folks, just try running barefoot, you would connect to nature in a whole different way.

  • Are you pregnant?

  • Why can't she pronounce Nike properly

  • Was it only me that cringed when she pronounced it nyk instead of nyk-e?

  • Your feet look sexy even when filthy.

  • I just came here to look at your feet and touch myself.. Is that ok? I promise to not disturb you

  • why she constantly said "nike" as in "bike"? it's supposed to be rhymed wtih "spiky"

  • Shod off! You are the technology.

  • I am running barefoot since 2014, 2015, no injuries but it did took a while to adjust.
    At the begining from what I remember, bones in the leg were hurting littlebit. That was enough of warning not to push it to hard. I think it took me few months to go up 10k with no problem. After that I run several 21k and under. If I have or had time to train could go longer.
    Trail running barefoot is blessing.

    "When you run with the earth on the earth you can run forever"

  • For the first two years of competitive running (cross country+track) in middle school i ran in thick well cushioned running shoes. Every other week i would have to take a few days off because of injuries. I switched to minimalist trainers a few months ago and from the first week almost all the pain went away. With practice eventually all of it did as i got used to the proper cadence and gait necessary when running barefoot, or close to it. Ive never felt more fit and ready for this upcoming running season. For anyone who sees this, definitely try barefoot or minimalist shoes, it takes time and practice but it pays off.

  • Its NikEEE you pretentious twat.

  • Who runs in mud with brand new Nike’s?

  • I live in Birmingham. Bare foot running is madness lol

  • Wait is no one gonna acknowledge the fact that she called the vaporfly (vapor-fly) 4% “viperfly 4%”

  • her accent actually gave me down syndrome

  • NIHKE fuckin dying. You can't tell me that the British pronounce that one right it's an American FUCKIN company NIK-E fer fuks sake mate!

  • Idk. I get she's looking into it, but it already sounds so biased… It takes time to change back to not wearing shoes… Can't just test it once… And make a decision.. Idk. Seems biased to asseslike this.
    Also watching everyone stride insane and land on heel hurts my eyes. Where's the 180 cadence? That shit feels good…

    Also if the pediotrist talked about barefoot runner injuries, let's hear about normal running injuries with added shoes lol. Can't only talk about one side of injuries, also did those people ease in? Or were they asking for it without adapting their feet?

  • Being barefoot is not just about running. Spend more non-running time barefoot and you'll be improving the health and strength of your feet.

  • The question really comes down to wether you like your knees or your shins more. Or perhaps we should try not to run on concrete.

  • Just wondering, how can an activity she described as engaging (thereby strengthening?) the muscles in the feet cause fallen arches? Is there certainty nothing else was affecting that condition? Would love some thoughts on this 😕✌️🏳️

  • orthotics are like using duct tape to repair a car engine. you are just holding something that is still broken together and it will inevitably get worse. my evidence for this claim is almost every case of orthotics use ever.

  • Bought my first barefoot shoes today. Going to try it out, already running on my toes with my regular trainers.

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