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Barefoot Running - Safer Than Sneakers Study Finds


For years shoe manufactures have been innovating new technologies in shoe design and marketing those benefits to end consumers.

Everything from high-tops, to pumps, and shoes with air cushions have promised to make running safer and more effective.

But a recent research shows that running with sneakers significantly increases risk of injury, as opposed to barefoot running.

A study conducted by Daniel Lieberman, professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University found that runners who ran with sneakers landed on their heels 75 to 80% of the time; as opposed to barefoot runners who had a more natural flat foot stride.

When people run with sneakers on, they run with higher impact, which can lead to increased leg and foot injuries.

Lieberman says, “Most people today think barefoot running is dangerous and hurts. But actually you can run barefoot on the world’s hardest surfaces without the slightest discomfort and pain.”

Tellman Knudson, barefoot running enthusiast and founder of agrees. “Once your free yourself from the confines of shoes and adopt to running barefoot; you find that wearing sneakers is even more uncomfortable than stepping on rocks and foreign objects.”

Modern day running shoes, referred to as “sneakers” were introduced into American mainstream in the 1970’s.


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