What happened to the barefoot running fad?

Barefoot running had been a large trend about ten years ago which endured for a few years and pulled in a lot of attention, especially in social media. At the end of 2008 and early 2009 there were escalating assertions that athletic shoes have been actually unhealthy for the athletes and was liable for most of the injuries which athletes had been getting. This was despite the phenomenal volume of research and technology that went into building running shoes in order to avoid these running injuries. These beliefs produced a fad for athletes to experiment with running without making use of running footwear and going barefoot or using what become generally known as minimalist running shoes. These types of running shoes had minimum engineering or features within them and are merely a protective covering of the feet.

The without athletic shoes running fad had been driven by a substantial existence in social media. There initially were a good amount of websites, publications, classes, journals and forums focused on and promoting without running shoes running. A lot of outstanding promises were made for barefoot running as to what it would do for the athletes. It had been assumed that as much as 25 % of runners might have played around with in some way with without athletic shoes running. However, by later in 2013 and early 2014 curiosity about barefoot running had evaporated away and athletes were no longer inquisitive about it. This was even with the many extraordinary comments which got made around the benefits associated with it and the statements coming from many that it was intending to put the athletic shoes companies out of business. This never occurred.

The trend declined as the believed positive aspects rarely added up for the majority of athletes who used it. There were a great deal of statements made that the science supported without running shoes running, when in reality there wasn't any science which showed that that it was much better and subsequent research has shown how the injury rate in without running shoes or minimalist running is not lower than people who run in the shock absorbing running shoes. There was lots of research carried out on barefoot and also minimalist running, however that research did not demonstrate that it had been any greater, it just showed that that it was different. The fact that there was so much science which was misinterpreted by people who endorsed barefoot running as showing it was superior, when that is not exactly what it demonstrated.

In the end with the barefoot gimmick, the Hoka One One athletic shoes company released some maximally shock absorbing running footwear which were ridiculed and despised by individuals promoting barefoot running. Despite that, runners loved this footwear and the Hoka’s are now a leading company in the running shoe market and since 2014 the movement is still for the more maximally shock absorbing running shoes from all the running footwear companies.

You will find however a tiny group of barefoot runners that has been always there. Presently the minimalist running shoes make up close to 0.3-0.5% of the running shoe market for the last few years. The maximalist running shoes still dominate the market for the last 6-7 years and there is absolutely no clue of any loss of the share of the market or a come back of an affinity for barefoot or minimalist athletic shoes.