Barefoot style running rests on the theory that runners will transition to a more biomechanically-efficient forefoot strike in which the leg muscles absorb the majority of shock. Minimalist sneakers claim to mimic the effects of barefoot running while incorporating a layer of protection from sharp and potentially bacteria-ridden surfaces. Minimalist or no shoes at all may not be ideal for those with a tendency to under or over-pronate, as many often consciously or unconsciously rely on traditional sneakers’ stability features for support. Find out more about barefoot running here:
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