Barefoot Running Myths, Lies, and TRUTH: #7 – Use Transition Shoes


Hi, this is Steven Sashen from xeroshoes.com
in Part 7 of our 10-part series on the mythology that new people to barefoot running often
have that makes it more difficult to enjoy the fun and freedom of actually running barefoot,
or in something truly minimalist. Today, we’re going to talk about the transition if you’ve
been wearing big, high-heeled, motion-control shoes, how you go to lower and lower and lower
shoes until you’re ready to go barefoot. And here’s how: You get rid of all that crap in
the middle and you just go barefoot. The idea that you needed to make the transition to
lower and lower shoes was invented, surprisingly, by shoe companies selling stuff that gets
lower and lower and lower. There’s no evidence that you need to do that whatsoever. If you
look at the previous video about stretching your Achilles to be able to handle barefoot,
you’ll see that that’s not necessary. I just ruined the surprise if you haven’t seen that
video. If you have calf soreness or Achilles soreness, it’s not because you need to stretch
your Achilles. That was Video—looking at my notes—#2. I just ruined the punch line
there as well. But again, that was just propaganda made up by people who wanted you to buy a
whole bunch of shoes until frankly you decided to stay in your shoes and not make the transition.
You don’t need to do it. What you need to do is just learn to make the barefoot transition
as fun as possible, and the way you do that is simple. A, pick a nice, smooth, hard surface.
Smooth surface is good – sidewalk, bike path; the white line on the side of a road,
makes barefoot runners get dreamy. Then, take off your shoes, go for a nice, short run – 200
meters, 200 yards, 30 seconds, and then check and see how you feel the next day. If it hurts,
do something different till you’re having fun. And the hurting is going to come from
things like overstriding, reaching out with your foot too far in front of you or pulling
and pushing with your foot instead of lifting your foot off the ground; landing too hard
instead of thinking about having your feet just travel across the ground. Basically,
working too much is going to be the thing that causes pain. So as you go out for a short
run on a nice, smooth, hard surface—by the way, the reason I say hard surface: soft surfaces
is just like taking the padding from shoes that you don’t need and putting it into
the ground. You don’t need that. You want to get the feedback from the ground that will
give you the information about what you’re doing as fast as possible. Smooth, hard surface
and bare feet will do that. Xero Shoes too, but we’ll talk about that later. I’m not going
to try and sell you on that. Frankly, I sell Xero Shoes, I make them, that’s my business.
And I would say barefoot is the fastest way to make this transition. If you’re in a place
where that’s not appropriate for some reasons, then Xero Shoes are the next best option.
But again, smooth hard surface, bare feet, wonder, “What can I do to make this faster,
easier, lighter, and have more fun?” Experiment until you’re having fun. In our next video,
Part 8, or I’m looking at my notes… oh, we’re going to talk about handling any surface
barefoot – once you get good at barefoot, how you can pretty much run over hot coals
and broken glass and Ebola virus without a problem. [Chuckles] We’ll discuss that and
the confusion people have about that that makes the transition more difficult in the
next video. Until then, feel the freedom, feel the fun and feel the world. Thanks so
much for watching. Come over to xeroshoes.com where there’s more information, more articles,
more videos, even barefoot comedy, of course our lightweight performance recreation sandals,
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cool things. So, come on over and visit. Once again, thank you so much. Feel the freedom,
feel the fun and feel the world.

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