So, here are some references on barefoot running and barefoot hiking. Please note that while I practice barefoot running and hiking, I also have a far more skeptical stance on practices such as “grounding”. So, here you go with some sources.
As barefoot running and hiking is taking quite some place on this blog, here are some quick reference links:
For more about minimalistic running (no, I don’t advocate those Vibrams or other “minimalistic” shoes), here are a few resources:
Running World article on barefoot running (a measured view on the phenomenon)
Sports science on barefoot running (a scientific study)
And as it is interesting to show both angles of a discussion, this article warning against barefoot running:
Why barefoot running isn’t best for most runners Quite obviously, barefoot running is not made for everyone, as it requires changing a lot in your posture and approach.
Finally, on the slightly different subject of barefoot hiking:
Should you hike barefoot An interesting nuanced approach to the question.
Pros and cons of hiking barefoot Another nuanced article.
Society for barefoot living And finally, to conclude this series a link to the website from the “Society for barefoot living” which features webinars with catchy titles such as “shoes: the silent killer”. Sorry, I couldn’t help but laugh at that one.
All about grounding And finally, to top it all, an article debunking that myth of “earthing”.