Barefoot Running


Radio Interview with Michael Sandler

In Barefoot Running,
Feet Beats Shoes Hands Down

Michael Sandler, author of Barefoot Running: How to Run Light and Free by Getting in Touch with the Earth, debunks mainstream views and modern medicine regarding shoes and our feet.  After years as a professional athlete, and a number of injuries and foot pain, it was due to a near fatal accident that Michael discovered the benefits of running barefoot. His book, and this interview are wonderfully insightful for anyone that walks (not just runners!) – including our children.

In this interview, we learn that:

  • Shoes weaken your feet, knees, and hips, interfere with our perception of the ground, and lead to injury.
  • Shoes promote a heel-centric ground strike that is several times higher impact than running barefoot.
  • Running barefoot is low-impact that encourages proper form and strengthens your feet
  • Barefoot running (and walking) restores the delightful sensory and spiritual connections to the earth that we felt as children.
  • By age 6, it’s difficult to find a child whose feet have not been deformed by shoes.
  • Once you’ve strengthened the skin on the bottom of your feet, even running over glass seems like nothing more than colored pebbles.

I really enjoyed this interview – Michael inspired me!

I went to a tree lighting ceremony in the city of San Francisco tonight. While everyone was wrapped up in their winter coats, I took off my shoes and socks and walked around in the sopping wet grass. And I loved it! I loved it so much, I walked the last block and 1/2 home barefoot too. Thanks! I’ll let you know when I get the radio show recording up!

There is a lot of talk about the benefits of going barefoot.  With all of the electromagnetic energy flying around our environment with cellphones, Smart Meters, cordless home phones, etc. is unhealthy.  There are many reports of these EMFs being harmful for our health.  It turns out the earth is negatively charged and we can “discharge” this energy into the earth when we are in contact with it directly – i.e. barefoot.  It does not work with shoes on because the rubber insulates us from the ground. Because of this, I’ve started taking my shoes off everyday at the park with my daughter, and running barefoot every other day increasing by 100 yards each time.

In my younger days, I was an avid runner, running cross-country and track in high school and continuing recreational running as an adult including two marathons. I hadn’t run in years, and I’m excited and truly thrilled to be enjoying running like I did when I was a kid!



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3 responses to “Barefoot Running”

  1. steven says:

    Thanks to Michael and Jessie, I started going barefoot 2.5 years ago.

    Within weeks, years of running injuries were gone… and my $500 orthotics went into the trash soon thereafter.

    I do, admittedly, spend a lot of time ALMOST barefoot in my Invisible Shoes running sandals, which I highly recommend.

    Take off your shoes. Feel the world! 😉

  2. Galen Stallard says:

    Running is a fun sport – seriously. Each day, people all over the world partake in the sport. Some run on the track. Others run in their neighborhood. People run in trails and even on the treadmill. No matter where you run or how often you do it, chances are you are either at risk for injury or you have at some point dealt with an injury.Injuries can be frustrating. For most people, this means that some time needs to be spent away from the sport. For someone who loves it, this is not an easy task. But it is important to note that the easiest and quickest way to heal a running injury is to stop running.,

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