As someone who spends most of the day on their feet treating and training clients (with a personal work out squeezed between appointments) my feet (and legs) are often subject to the same aches, pains and strains as the people I help to treat. Over the years I have tried various trainers, have had gait analysis and have worn expensive orthotics and so have been intrigued by the growing popularity of barefoot running technology.
For those who don’t know what I’m talking about it’s the funny looking trainers that have individual toe compartments, one of the biggest brands being Vibram. So, I decided to give them a go – the first hurdles being working out which of the many different styles to buy and then where to get some. We’re lucky in Swindon to have new shops like Run, but some of the latest technology like this can still be hard to come by ‘out in the sticks’. So after much internet searching I’ve decided to take the plunge and buy some online. I’ve gone for the Komodo Sport model and I’m due to receive them any day.
The idea behind this barefoot style type of shoe is all about becoming primal and getting back to literally following in the footsteps of our ancestors. The flexible barefoot shoe is designed to let the foot function naturally hence improving balance, agility and ultimately performance.
As mentioned earlier I’m somebody who has always struggled with a plethora of niggles and problems when running and now that I’ve decided to get my hands on a pair (not to mention I think they look cool!) I will definitely report back on how I get on – at £135 they’re not cheap but I think it’s an experiment worth taking on.
A word of advice to anybody else considering trying these out though would be to take it easy! If you are used to running in a very supportive shoe and do heavy mileage a switch to something so minimal whilst continuing with your normal routine might ultimately end up in injury. If you are unsure ask some questions and take some advice before purchasing.
I welcome your thoughts on this one guys!