Is minimalist footwear a viable treatment tool?

Right now, minimalism makes up 0.3% of the market, a massive fall from grace in relation to the salad days of 2010 and 2011.

For those of us who tried to bring some reason to the insanity that was minimalism, and tried to prevent the carnage of injuries that so many who “drank the Koolaid’ suffered, it would be easy to gloat.

I got called some very rude names indeed for daring to opine that this trend was not all it was cracked up to be. My mate Craig Payne over at Running Research Junkie got death threats, really!

But the truth is that polarized opinion, one way or other is NEVER healthy, and in relation to runners is never relevant because we are all different. The minimalist argument was as absurd as suggesting everyone should be running in a Brooks Beast or Ghost ora Kayano... it is just nonsense!

The second truth is that running barefoot or in minimalist footwear was never bad, I for one have never ever said that and now we understand more about it because, after almost 8 years, a lot has been published on the topic.

Simon Bartold
Director of Bartold Clinical