Is bare best?
It’s no secret that many of the African nations have a history of barefoot running, from as far back as the 60’s with Abebe Bekele, through to the infamous Zola Budd (is this really 25 years ago!?), through to many top youngsters of today (until they are told put on the sponsors’ kicks!).
Interestingly many shoe companies allude to the fact that barefoot is best, Nike, Newton and Inov-8 amongst the foremost in advocating that the foot is “a masterpiece of mechanical and structural design”, to quote Inov-8, and needs to be enhanced, not hindered – makes perfect sense.
There is also a mountain of analysis and resource in the net regarding to pros and cons. One of the the most objective we found was this video analysis, fascinating stuff…