Like many people, I’ve heard a little something about this little trend that’s making its way through the running community: barefoot running. But wait. If the number of Vibram 5 Finger Shoes (or as I like to call them, “weird toe shoes”) I see on the street and at races is any indication, this is a huge trend that shows no sign of stopping.
And, like many people, I am inherently skeptical of barefoot running, especially since I live in New York City, a place not known for the cleanliness of its streets. But hygiene aside, I will admit I’m very curious and would love to try it one day.
If you’re like me, a little skeptical, a little curious, but want to dip your toes (all ten of them) into the world of barefoot running, check out the tips below from barefoot running experts Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee to make it a safe and healthy transition. Barefoot Running is our BBL Book of the Month pick for October and promises to be a great read for anyone considering shedding the shoes. Because when it comes down to it, running barefoot is about so much more than what’s between your feet and the pavement.