Shoes Or No Shoes, Is That Really The Question?

By Nikki Reiter

I’m often encountered with the question of whether it is it better to run barefoot than in shoes. The ‘barefoot movement’ has made a real impact on modern running, flaunting the technical benefits of running in the most ‘natural’ way for our bodies to minimize injury and maximize our performance.

Through both its merits in improving running technique and for its trendiness, barefoot running seems to have made a lasting impression. Running shoe companies have jumped on the bandwagon, manufacturing ‘barefoot shoes’ (could there be a greater oxymoron?) and nearly every running shoe brand has its version of a barefoot or minimalist shoe. Both types of shoes claim to allow you to run more naturally and use less energy because you don’t have to lift the mass of the shoe with every stride.

Stepping Into Minimalist Shoes Responsibly

With the new trend towards minimalist footwear, it’s important runners have access to information not only about the benefits of minimalism but more importantly how to incorporate it safely into their running routine.

Saucony has taken this message to heart with their recent Step Into Minimalism events in Boston and NYC. Run SMART was fortunate enough to be apart of this worthy campaign by offering gait analysis and coaching tips on how to safely transition into minimalist shoes.