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Is 'Barefoot' Running a Total Scam?

Is ‘Barefoot’ Running a Total Scam?

Is ‘Barefoot’ Running a Total Scam?

Vibram FiveFinger shoes are easily the weirdest-looking sneaker on the market (if you could even call them that). Even so, their popularity has grown over the last few years, based on the notion that the “barefoot” style helps improve posture, strengthen muscles, and reduce injuries. Today, manufacturer Vibram USA Inc. announced that Vibram will offer refunds to buyers of the popular footwear to settle a class action lawsuit that said its health benefit claims went too far.

Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Selene G. Parekh, Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at the North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic and Duke Orthopaedics, says yes. “Most people [in the U.S.] are running on sidewalks or pavement and the road. That’s not the purpose of minimalistic shoes. They’re really meant for softer terrain, grass, sod, dirt, sand. That’s really where if you’re going to see a benefit — that’s where we recommend taking up minimalistic footwear.”

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