Barefoot running: the best trainers money can't buy

Taking my shoes off in public is almost as excruciating as the thought of removing my clothes. I have ugly feet, white from winter, lumpy and misshapen. On this barefoot running course, however, no one has pretty feet, especially not the coach John Woodward, who has been pounding the moors, rocks and tarns of the Lake District barefoot for 25 years. He first went barefoot “as a free and hippy sort of thing” and has never really put his shoes on again.

He is rather bemused to find himself at the sharp end of a growing trend to run barefoot — or at least without the inches of padding, arch support and stability supplied by traditional running shoes...Helena Pozniak, March 2, 2010.

Read more: Times Online (UK)
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