Nature’s own running shoe

i'll be posting choice bits from the Nature paper along with commentary, but for now, the killer quote: "People who don’t wear shoes when they run have an astonishingly different strike,” Lieberman said in a statement. “By landing on the middle or front of the foot, barefoot runners have almost no impact collision, much less than most shod runners … [Read more...]

The Perfect Foot

Ten years ago, doctors were telling me I was permanently flawed. My feet were such a mess and my body was so big and cumbersome, I could only risk running with stability shoes and custom-made orthotics. Now, I'm not just better — I'm perfect. Don't take it from me; that's the expert opinion of none other than Dr. Lewis G. Maharam, medical director … [Read more...]

The Countdown

In 25 and a half hours, the embargo will be lifted on a devastating new study in Nature magazine. If you've been following the barefoot-running debate at all, you've read lots of hand-wringing from podiatrists, and shoe companies, and Runner's World editors about how "we need more data. we just don't know if bare feet are safe." Of course, the lack … [Read more...]