Barefoot running has slowly been gaining momentum amongst mainstream runners. Proponents say that modern-day running shoes hinder performance and cause injury. Shoes, it seems, constrain our feet, and cause us to move in ways that aren't natural: we strike our heels, run with bad posture, and don't engage with our environment.
But barefoot running is not something to try blindly. Luckily, there's been a huge push to design minimalist shoes that mimic the feel of barefoot running. These shoes engage the muscles of the feet, encourage good posture, and help train the wearer to land correctly. If you're thinking about giving barefoot running a try, here are a few selections to get you started. Use these shoes as training wheels on your way to true barefoot running or as guidance to becoming a chi runner.