We have all seen one of the arguments that they love to make to support barefoot running. The argument goes something like: We were created to run barefoot. We are not born with running shoes. Because we were created that way then we should run barefoot. You know the story that they try to tell.
We weren’t created to fly either, but we get in planes all the time. There are a lot of other things that we were not created to do, but still do. Are barefoot runners going to give up flying and all these other things?
Do you see the absurdity of their argument? I bet that they won’t see it this way, as they like having it both ways (see: The lack of evidence for running shoes? – you can’t have it both ways!). They like being extremely critical of research that does not support their cause, but then do not apply the same standards of evaluation to research that supports their cause (see Intellectual Dishonesty). You can’t have it both ways.
Either barefoot runners have to give up this nonsense argument that we were created to run barefoot or stop getting on planes. You can’t have it both ways.
Credit is due to this thread at Podiatry Arena for the idea for this post.