Is barefoot running the norm or default?

by admin on March 3, 2010

I just wish there were more hours in the day to write about this. The barefoot runners need to follow Confucius’s advice:

When in hole, it’s a good idea to stop digging

They continually provide copious amounts of material to demonstrate how irrational and illogical they are. I have so much to respond to and there is just not enough time in the day to deal with it all. Just today, I came across this gem from Twitter, in which a barefoot runner was engaged in a discussion with a podiatrist and made this statement:

the default is BARE FEET

The default is barefoot? Given that 99.99% of runners use running shoes, then the default is not barefoot. The default is using running shoes! See how irrational and illogical these people have become?

They tried to use this argument that barefoot was the norm to put the onus on the running shoe industry to show that running shoes were actually beneficial. I agree, the running shoe industry should be doing this. But what is wrong with the barefoot ‘industry’ showing that barefoot running is actually beneficial? (which NO research has yet shown, despite claims by barefoot runners). Just because there is yet no published research on the benefits of running shoes does not mean that they are not beneficial and barefoot running is better! (see this post). See how irrational and illogical these people have become? They can’t have it both ways!

Is barefoot the norm or default? Of course it’s not!

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