I couldn't help but notice some amazingly ironic (and sometimes humorous) comments left by Active.com's fans, however:
- "I have enough injuries thank you."
- "no no no i like my feet thank you"
- "not barefoot but without socks !!! OUCH !!! and i got the pictures to prove it,couldnt run for about 2 weeks,i tried after 1 wk blisters would just open up!!! so i'll pass on the barefoot. lol"
- "Tried it - loved it - been doing it since - oct 2009 - in Vibram Five Fingers"
- "Can you say, plantar faciitis?"
- "the last marathon I ran I saw a women running barefoot and she wasn't looking so good."
- "I really wanted to be a "barefoot" runner in my Vibrams, but I keep getting blisters on my heels every time."
- "Running in shoes tears up my pedicures enough! No thanks to the bare feet!"
- "I know so many runners who get injuries from either running barefoot or in those horrid slippers with the toes. Modern man is not designed for this. Stick to what keeps you injury free and trotting down the road. Like good supportive shoes!!! Gimmicky fad shoes are not the answer to running issues."
- "I did 6 miles years ago barefoot...Never again. No blisters but feet were red and hurt for a day or two."
- "You bare foot runners are going to have some really bad backs in years to come ...."
- "No it makes feet DISGUSTING"
- "I have tried it and my feet were so sore. I figure running shoes were invented for a reason. We no longer get a "bonk" on the head with a frying pan before surgery, so I don't think we should revert back to running barefoot either."
- "To you all who think God intended us to run barefoot? He also intended for us to run naked but that wouldn't go over very well either ;)"
And those were just a few from the first 170 or so comments! We in the barefoot community have a LONG way to go to dispel a lot of myths. But then again, there's lots of people out there who are very close-minded and will never hear of barefoot activity as long as they have feet.
What do you think of these comments? Have YOU tried barefoot running? Have you tried any kind of barefoot activity outside your home or the swimming pool? What do you think about the state of barefoot running in our culture? Is it a fad? Just another way for shoe companies to make a buck? Please sound off in the comments section below.