Running in barefoot shoes is a recent trend that is based on a long history of barefoot running.
In the late 20th century running became a popular pastime in western cultures. In response to this growing interest, modern running shoes were created and marketed to the public. These shoes were built with thick support and cushioning and claimed to improve performance and prevent injuries. Despite their initial popularity, research eventually demonstrated a strong association between the use of maximalist shoes and increased complaints of common running injuries.
The fact is that humans have been running barefoot or with thin-soled shoes for the majority of their existence. Why, then have we become so reliant on the use of supportive shoes if it seems that we were born with all the physical resources needed to walk and run without them?
As curiosity regarding the potential benefits of running barefoot increased, barefoot shoes began to emerge. These shoes are characterized by thin and flexible soles, minimal cushioning, and a zero drop heel. The idea is to encourage a healthy running technique by allowing the feet to move freely and naturally.
German-made leguanos were specifically designed for barefoot running. The unique combination of a highly flexible and durable sole with breathable, lightweight, and moisture-wicking upper material creates a barefoot running experience like to no other! Runners can move freely and confidently through any environment or terrain. In addition, leguanos are machine washable and very compact making them easy to pack for any adventure!