Where are all the barefoot runners?

Barefoot running was a big fad around 10 years ago which lasted a couple of years which drew a great deal of attention, especially in social media. At the end of 2008 to early 2009 there were increasing claims that running shoes have been in fact damaging to the runners and has been the reason for the majority of the injuries that runners were getting. This was despite the extraordinary quantity of science and technologies that went into improving athletic shoes to forestall these injuries. These beliefs led to a fad for runners to experiment with running not using running shoes and running barefoot or using what become often called minimalist running footwear. These types of running shoes had minimal technology or attributes inside them and are basically a protective covering up of the foot.

The without shoes running novelty was motivated by a substantial presence in social media. There have been a good amount of web sites, books, courses, magazines and discussion boards dedicated to and promoting barefoot running. A great deal of incredible claims were made for barefoot running as to what it will do for the athletes. It was assumed that as much as 25 % of runners perhaps have experimented in some manner with barefoot running. Nevertheless, by later in 2013 and early on in 2014 involvement with barefoot running had disappeared away and athletes were no longer serious about it. This was even with all the outstanding promises which got made around the benefits associated with barefoot running and the statements from many that it was going to put the running footwear organisations out of business. That certainly did not occurred.

The trend declined since the alleged advantages rarely built up for the majority of athletes which tried it. There initially were a great deal of assertions made how the science backed up barefoot running, when in reality there wasn't any science that demonstrated that it turned out much better and subsequent research has shown how the exercise related injury rate in barefoot or minimalist running isn't less than those who run in the padded athletic shoes. There was clearly a lot of science done on barefoot as well as minimalist running, however that research didn't show that it had been any better, it simply showed that that it was different. The truth that there was clearly a great deal of science which was misinterpreted by people who advocated barefoot running as showing it had been better, when that is not what it really demonstrated.

In the end of the barefoot novelty, the Hoka One One running footwear organization produced some maximally cushioned running shoes which were laughed at and loathed by people promoting barefoot running. Despite that, athletes liked this footwear and the Hoka’s now are a strong manufacturer in the running footwear marketplace and since 2014 the movement is still for the more maximally shock absorbing running footwear from all of the running shoe companies.

There does exist still a little number of serious barefoot runners that was ever present. Currently the minimalist running shoes make up approximately 0.3-0.5% of the running footwear marketplace for the recent years. The maximalist running footwear carry on and control the market for the last 5-6 years and there is absolutely no sign in any drop in the market share or a come back of any involvement with barefoot or minimalist running footwear.