Came across an interesting article via Ultra Adventures by Orthopaedic surgeon Joseph Froncioni on athletic footware and running injuries which lays a case for spending time unshod to help the feet naturally develop their strength and resilience. Also looks a little closer at the shoe manufacturers and the correlation with running injuries and expensive shoes.
“The authors conclude that running injury rates are greatest in users of the most expensive shoes because advertising has deceived these users into believing that the shoes provide a superior level of safety thereby inducing an attenuation of impact moderating behavior, increasing impact and injury.”
For more information on Barefoot Running, see Runningbarefoot.org
Also checkout Barefoot Ted’s Adventures
And Jason Robillard’s The Barefoot Running Book
and what people are talking about on the Ultralist, Vibram Five Finger Shoes