Resources, Reviews, Frequently Asked Questions, Guides, Mods/Repairs, and How-to's

For something as simple as moving around with bare- or close-to-bare-feet (This being how we first learned to move about as toddlers!), there is a remarkable need for information and resources regarding "toe shoes," minimalist footwear, and "barefoot running shoes" — all are footwear intended to allow your feet to function as they would in their natural, naked state. The Vibram FiveFingers (toe) shoes, for example, require a six-step process just to nail down your size, and that can even be hit or miss as far as accuracy. The truth is that most of us have adapted to a cushy existence — one spent moving around in high-heeled (as with Nikes and other athletic footwear), heavily padded shoes with built-in arch support (Since when did arches need support?).

Because of these ingrained habits, when switching to barefoot or minimally shod walking and running, we have to reprogram our bodies and retrain and rehabilitate our muscles and bones. It takes both patient and guidance.

By the way, if you're new to the concept of toe shoes or minimalist footwear and the growing trends around barefoot-like movement, let me suggest you start with this primer/pre-history on toe shoes!

Below are listed the most sought-after guides and resources on this site. Or if you prefer, jump straight to the "guide" category blog posts.

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Category: Guides

Digging into Daniel Lieberman's Barefoot Running Research

A Kenyan elite runner who grew up running barefoot but now runs shod is taped in slow motion running in running shoes.  Screencap from Lieberman research into barefoot running.
A Kenyan elite runner who grew up running barefoot but now runs shod is taped in slow motion running in running shoes. Screencap from Lieberman research into barefoot running.
Do modern running shoes effectively force runners to heel strike? Here we dig into Daniel Lieberman's barefoot running research, and also poll the Vibram Five Fingers community regarding how to walk or run in shoes versus Vibrams. more »

Results of Daniel Lieberman Barefoot Running Research

Results of Daniel Lieberman Barefoot Running Research
Screencaps from the Nature video, this image shows that initial impact running with a heel-strike registers at around 1.81 x body weight compared to .34 x body weight initial impact running with a forefoot strike. Interestingly, peak bodyweight impact on each curve registers higher with a forefoot strike — around 2.60 x bodyweight running with a forefoot strike compared to 2.30 x body weight with a heel-strike. Note in both running styles here, impact is measured with barefeet.
Daniel Lieberman's research into impact forces experienced while forefoot-striking or heel-striking, full round-up coverage of all the press surrounding the research release. more »

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (Review)

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (Review)
A review of Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. Born to run is simultaneously a story about an elite band of ultramarathon runners, a takedown of the sports shoe industry, and an expose of how human beings may have been literally born to run, being "designed" by eons of evolution for long-distance running. more »

How thin is the Vibram Five Fingers material? [FAQ]

By pinching the fabric of the KSO Vibram Five Fingers, I can demonstrate just how thin it is.
By pinching the fabric of the KSO Vibram Five Fingers, I can demonstrate just how thin it is.
How thin is the upper material on Vibram Five Fingers? Apparently, it's thin enough to get bitten by mosquitoes through it! They make up for this lack of protection against insects by being breathable (not hot)! more »