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Top 5 Essentials for Barefoot Running

If you’re unfamiliar with barefoot running, this involves running with your barefoot. Many supporters of barefoot running conclude that they can run just as fast, longer and injury free than with conventional running shoes. Without running shoes, runner’s feet feel lighter; more connected to the ground and can easily improve the strength of their feet.

Whether you’re a seasoned barefoot runner or new to running barefoot, read on for the top 5 essentials for barefoot running.

For many years, runners have been told to invest in a good pair of running shoes to prevent injuries but some studies have shown that running barefoot can actually help strengthen your feet and reduce the risk of certain types of injuries. Running barefoot also provides runners a more natural way to run because since the dawn of time, humans have been accustomed to walking and running bare feet.

Top 5 Essentials for Barefoot Running

If you’re considering running barefoot, here are the top 5 essentials for barefoot running:

1. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Born to Run written by Christopher McDougall, follows the life and running habits of Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s Copper Canyon who are considered the greatest distance runners. The book shows us their secrets to running and everything about running we thought was right, is wrong.

Born to Run

Born to Run

Barefoot runners who started out as conventional runners were most likely inspired by the Born to Run book. Packed with some entertaining characters, great athletic achievements and backed with some science, the book is highly recommended for runners looking to reduce the risk of injuries and strengthen their running technique.

2.Vibram FiveFingers Shoes
You might think it’s a little strange to recommend some shoes for barefoot running and may ask, “Why do I need shoes for barefoot running?” Well technically you don’t but unless you’re confident the surface you will be running on is free from rocks, glass and metals etc., it’s well worth investing in a pair of barefoot or minimalist shoe to protect your feet.

Vibram FiveFingers

Vibram FiveFingers KSO

The Vibrams are one of the most popular minimalist running shoes that stimulate the feeling of running barefoot as they remove the cushioning from the shoe. This enables your feet to get stronger, connect with the ground more and provides protection from surface hazards. You can pick up a pair of Vibrams FiveFingers for relatively cheap and it’s well worth the investment if you plan to take barefoot running seriously.

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3. Injinji Performance Micro Toesocks
These Injinji Toesocks are designed to absorb moisture and help prevent blisters from occurring on your feet when running bare feet. Designed to separate your toes and to provide more natural movement when running barefoot, these socks are great when used together with any of the Vibrams Five Finger shoes.

Inijinji Toesocks

Inijinji Toesocks

One of the common complaints of using any type of minimalist shoe like the Vibrams FiveFingers is they can start to smell bad after a few weeks and as your feet sweat, you can get blisters and bruises between your toes. With these Injinji Toesocks, the socks can effectively absorb moisture and sweat and the individual toe design prevents corns and blisters from forming. If you’ve got a pair of Vibram FiveFinger shoes, we suggest getting a pair of Injinji socks too.

4. Merrell Trail Glove Barefoot Running Shoes
If you don’t like the look of the Vibram FiveFinger shoes, you should consider the Merrell Trail Glove shoes, which are ultra lightweight and great minimalist shoe for barefoot runners.

Merrel Trail Glove Shoe

Merrel Trail Glove Shoe

These Merrell Trail Glove shoes are great for stimulating the feeling of barefoot running while providing effective protection for your feet and their not bad looking either.

5. New Balance Trail Minimus Shoe
These rugged and extremely lightweight and breathable minimus shoes provide a great near-barefoot experience so you can happily enjoy the barefoot experience. This shoe is great for barefoot runners that want to improve their feet strength while providing the feeling of barefoot running.

New Balance Trail Minimus Shoe

New Balance Trail Minimus Shoe

The New Balance Trail Minimus shoes provide a great balance between providing the feeling of running barefoot while providing adequate protection from sharp rocks and glass.

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