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Barefoot shoes are the latest fitness footwear sensation, offering runners and outdoor enthusiasts the chance to get more from the time they spend exercising. Modern footwear is designed to cushion and protect the feet, and whilst walking is made more comfortable, many of the benefits from exercising are lost when wearing shoes. The feet are not required to work as hard, the posture is changed, and it has even been suggested that wearing running shoes can actually increase the chances of injury, and that barefoot running is a far healthier choice.

Recent scientific studies conducted by Harvard professor Daniel Lieberman set out to answer the question of how man has managed to run comfortably without modern running shoes. The research confirmed what barefoot runners have long understood; that when running with bare feet the foot lands with a flatter aspect, with the body weight moving from the heel to the forefoot. When barefoot, the posture is more natural, the...

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