The great thing about a sneaker that’s built to be so lightweight and flexible is the fact that it moves with you. We’re so used to carrying weights on our feet when it comes to the myriad of shoe styles out there that we don’t often realize what it feels like when we’re without that extra weight. That’s possibly the biggest issue to overcome with barefoot sneakers — the fact that there’s nothing to them.
This is also true when it comes to feeling the ground beneath our feet. Normally, we’re aware of a rock in our shoe as opposed to the rocks under our shoes. In barefoot sneakers, there’s minimal padding between our feet and the ground which means not only are we more aware of our environment, but we become more aware of how to navigate it. While it takes time to adjust to not having that extra protective layer between us and our environment, it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
In short, less of a shoe means we can adapt more quickly to changing the terrain. This builds muscle which, in turn, allows us to have a quicker range of motion and control our movements more accurately. If this is something that you’re seeking on your trail runs, then a barefoot sneaker might just be an option to consider. It’s an investment for the future of your feet, which is an investment in overall athletic performance and health… And that’s what we’re all about.