I’ve been going most of the summer completely barefoot but when shoes are needed or my feet are too sore I’ve been wearing some $5 sandals that I bought last summer. The heel and forefoot have been compressed to a couple of millimeters thick and seemed ideal for minimalist footwear.
Today marks my second run in these sandals resulting in a decent pace and 3 miles through SE Portland relatively free of pain. I say relative as my calves started getting sore pretty early into the run but it was all muscle pain and not of blisters, knee, foot, or other weird pains brought on by other running shoes.
Some people think me CRAZY for trying such a thing, but as you can see by Barefoot Ted (BFT) that it is a perfectly viable way to run. In fact, it seems far better to run with only a few millimeters of protection from glass and other sharp objects rather than huge pieces of foam and other “correction” brought by popular running shoes.
In the near future, I hope to order a kit from BFT to make huaraches from Vibram rubber and leather straps. The google group “Minimalist Running” is a GREAT place for more info.
I can hardly wait to run again on Thursday.