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Barefoot Running Trend

Date Added: November 23, 2015 03:20:50 AM
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Category: Sports Medicine: Sports: Running: Barefoot Running

 

Running without shoes had been all the rage recently but involvement in it and the number participating in it have dropped of considerably. It was a novelty which continued for a couple of years and was largely driven by social media discourse. It was a temporary trend towards barefoot running that started about 2009 with a lot more interest in running without running shoes. It was believed in lots of books, websites and magazine articles that barefoot running was more natural, that it was a more economical method to run and that you got less overuse injuries running barefoot. Many runners tried barefoot running rather than using running shoes and interest in it peaked around 2013. The sales of minimal or barefoot running shoes furthermore peaked about that time, reaching nearly 10% of the running shoe market.
After that initial interest and peak interest in barefoot running and minimalist running shoes were slowly decreasing. Runners lost interest in running barefoot. The sales of the minimalist running shoes have been declining continuously since about mid- to late 2013. The alleged advantages for it did not eventuate to a lot of runners who tried barefoot running but, not surprisingly, those who touted barefoot running simply are convinced that those runners were doing it incorrectly. Since the scientific research was published, the advantages were not simply there. All of the injury rate reports were showing that the injury risk was similar should you be running in footwear versus running barefoot and the majority of of the running economy investigations were also demonstrating that generally there were no systematic benefits.
While some runners, who're very vocal, still do their running barefoot the important trend has now been towards maximalist running shoes with the Hoka One One running shoe being the market leader in that class of running shoes. It has now reached the stage where the Hoka's now outsells the entire class of minimalist running shoes which gives a clear indication of the popularity of cushioned running shoes compared to barefoot running.

Running without shoes had been all the rage recently but involvement in it and the number participating in it have dropped of considerably. It was a novelty which continued for a couple of years and was largely driven by social media discourse. It was a temporary trend towards barefoot running that started about 2009 with a lot more interest in running without running shoes. It was believed in lots of books, websites and magazine articles that barefoot running was more natural, that it was a more economical method to run and that you got less overuse injuries running barefoot. Many runners tried barefoot running rather than using running shoes and interest in it peaked around 2013. The sales of minimal or barefoot running shoes furthermore peaked about that time, reaching nearly 10% of the running shoe market.

After that initial interest and peak interest in barefoot running and minimalist running shoes were slowly decreasing. Runners lost interest in running barefoot. The sales of the minimalist running shoes have been declining continuously since about mid- to late 2013. The alleged advantages for it did not eventuate to a lot of runners who tried barefoot running but, not surprisingly, those who touted barefoot running simply are convinced that those runners were doing it incorrectly. Since the scientific research was published, the advantages were not simply there. All of the injury rate reports were showing that the injury risk was similar should you be running in footwear versus running barefoot and the majority of of the running economy investigations were also demonstrating that generally there were no systematic benefits.

While some runners, who're very vocal, still do their running barefoot the important trend has now been towards maximalist running shoes with the Hoka One One running shoe being the market leader in that class of running shoes. It has now reached the stage where the Hoka's now outsells the entire class of minimalist running shoes which gives a clear indication of the popularity of cushioned running shoes compared to barefoot running.

 

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