When you look at many of the websites and blogs that promote barefoot running you cannot help but be left with the impression that running shoes are close to being the source of all evil on this planet. “Global warming can be reversed and world peace achieved if we just stop wearing those damn running shoes“.
Seriously, folks, do you honestly believe that the running shoe industry would deliberately make and sell running shoes that they know will actually cause harm (let alone global warming and wars). That is what many barefoot running commentators would want to have you believe.
Yet, I can find no evidence of running shoes doing any harm. I do see many comments on barefoot running websites, but like a lot on these sites, it not backed up with any evidence. The evidence that they help is also lacking, but the lack of that evidence does not mean that they don’t. However, the illogical rationale of some barefoot runners is that they do cause injury because there is no evidence that they help – I assume you can see the illogical argument they put forward.
If you check out some of the characteristics of what constitutes a conspiracy theory, then the barefoot running community (in general) meet all or almost all of the criteria in their belief of a big conspiracy by the running shoe companies. Seriously, folks, do you honestly believe that the running shoe industry would deliberately make and sell running shoes that they know will actually cause injury.
If you believe that, then I think it’s time you took off your tin foil hat*.
* If you do not know what this means, then check the Wikipedia entry.