Best Barefoot Shoes for Digital Nomads

Wearing super-light shoes can make you powerful as your connection to Earth grows with each step. Barefoot-inspired shoes fit this bill for nearly any use, whether on the trail, on the treadmill, on sandy shores or in your bedroom. Versatility and comfort are critical nowadays, so you need the best barefoot shoes for digital nomads. […]

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Why Barefoot Training Is Trending in 2024

Barefoot training is one of the hottest fitness trends in 2024. More fitness enthusiasts on social media — outside the mixed martial arts world — are discovering how significant gains are achievable without sneakers. Does barefoot training make sense for you? Does pumping iron while feeling the bare floor increase your strength? Should you go […]

Year Zero with Born to Run

Year Zero for Christopher McDougall? He couldn’t even run, let alone tackle a 50 mile race in the Copper Canyons with the Tarahumara. But then, he met Coach Eric Orton, who taught him the truth about running stronger: it starts with a 90-day reboot. That’s exactly why the duo wrote Born to Run 2: The […]

Can Barefoot Shoes Help with Posture? What to Know

How Can Barefoot Shoes Help With Posture? Excellent posture is not just about your physical appearance – it’s a cornerstone of your long-term health. And believe it or not, the secret to achieving better posture lies beneath your feet. The footwear you choose can negatively impact your posture. The right type of shoes can help […]

Why Every Runner Should Wear a Minimal Shoe… sometimes

Xero Shoes’ partner, renowned running coach and author Eric Orton, coaches elite and age group athletes, including runners for distances from 1500m to 240 miles, Ironman triathletes, cyclists, and more. In his latest article for Marathon Handbook, Eric shares why runners should wear a minimal shoe… sometimes. Eric’s top reasons: Minimal shoes give your body […]

Organizations That Use Running to Empower Women

For women, running can be a powerful tool for empowerment and self-discovery. Running teaches women many physical, mental, and even social skills, when running in a group. It helps build confidence, reduce stress, and promote a sense of accomplishment and independence. Women of all ages join running groups that can help strengthen community bonds and […]

Are Cushioned Shoes Bad for Your Joints?

Big shoe companies will try to tell you that all that padding and “motion control” technology is helping to protect you from impact.  A new study from Oregon State University found the opposite. You can read all about it in this New York Times article: “Super-Cushioned Running Shoes are All the Rage, But Aren’t Foolproof.” […]

How Runners Can Support the Environment for Earth Day

Runners who want to help preserve and protect the environment can take several steps to become more eco-friendly. Here are some inspiring ideas runners can do to help support the environment. Does Running Help The Environment? Running has some unique features that already make it a sustainable activity, including: Carbon-Neutrality Running is a carbon-neutral activity […]

Running Injury Studies

Walking in Minimalist Shoes Is Effective for Strengthening Foot Muscles – Dr. Ridge’s research showing how walking in minimalist shoes built foot strength as much as doing an 8-week foot strengthening exercise program. Foot Core Training to Prevent Running-Related Injuries: A Survival Analysis of a Single-Blind, Randomized Controlled Trial – Dr. Sacco’s research showing 250% […]

Introducing… Born to Run: The Naked Truth

Challenge us! Bring us a problem the Born to Run duo can’t solve. Xero Shoes partners, Christopher McDougall and Eric Orton — aka, the author and coach from Born to Run and Born to Run 2 — have spent their lives studying natural movement and ancestral fitness. They’ve explored every aspect of human endurance, from what we eat, […]