After reading Born to Run I started following the author, Christopher McDougall’s blog and as a result, feel a little bit like an insider to the running world. I recently stumbled on this information and thought it was worth sharing.
Like I mentioned in my book review of Born to Run, one of the biggest things I walked away with from the book is the fact that we are all very confused on what type of shoes we should be running in. I walked away with the conclusion that when it comes to running shoes, less is more. In fact, there is a huge movement towards using VERY simple running shoes or even running plain barefoot. By now you’ve probably seen people wearing Five Finger Shoes so I guess it should be no surprise that the barefoot running movement has come out with this:
Yep. THOSE are running shoes.
As Christopher McDougall said, “… sandals were worn by ancient Greek messengers, Roman Centurions, Tibetan monks, and Hopi braves, and they’re still the go-to shoe for Tarahumara Indians. Even when they were given new running shoes at the Leadville Trail 100 in 1994, the Tarahumara slipped right back into their homemade huaraches as soon as they got the chance — and won.”
So this, my friends, is quite possibly the future of running shoes. Sandals.
Now you’ll be able to consider yourself an insider to the running world and be one step ahead when these start showing up on the feet of people in your hometown.
You can find more information on Luna Sandals at their website. (That’s also where I got these pictures from.)