Barefoot running is gaining in popularity. Runners keep expressing that throwing away running shoes will lead to better performance and less injury, but how often do we hear that from a shoe manufacturer? Galahad Clark, responsible for Terra Plana shoes, recently went on the record by saying just that.
Let me repeat that for readers in shock. Shoe manufacturer Galahad Clark recently stated for the London Evening Standard in Ditch your trainers and run barefoot, “Barefoot running is the future.” On a TV show he went on to say, “The tyranny of sports shoes must end.”
So what happened? First, Clark is a runner. Second, he listened to other runners, including famed barefoot running advocate Christopher McDougall. Finally, Clark tried running barefoot for himself. He was hooked.
After working with the team that designed the Vivo Barefoot and even wearing them every day, Clark now removes them to run. This year he ran the New York marathon barefoot. Where will all this lead? Hopefully more sensible shoe designs will emerge. Better still would be a greater acceptance of simply going shoeless.