Turns out that "Barefoot running" is not so healthy for you after all and the company, Vibram, who brought the FiveFinger shoes to market will be giving refunds between $20 and $50 thanks to a class action lawsuit. When the site is live you will be able to apply for refunds online. http://www.fivefingerssettlement.com <NOT LIVE YET>
<rant> Totally off topic but I am STUNNED we haven't seen the "I clicked the link but it doesn't work" post yet. In the past it seams the more blatant the OP is about alerting everyone to something the more people ignore it. </rant>
unnamedny said: So we've been doing research how arch support is important for years, but then some a-holes come in and say barefoot running is healthy. Well I think company got what it deserved. Ah, America. If you want sales, all you have to do is market something as being "natural" and mark the price up. You will hook a group of consumers with expendable income that is otherwise usually quite educated.
unnamedny said: So we've been doing research how arch support is important for years, but then some a-holes come in and say barefoot running is healthy. Well I think company got what it deserved. There is no scientific research that shows arch support is needed. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends everyone wear a neutral shoe with minimum drop: http://www.acsm.org/docs/brochures/running-shoes.pdf and advises against getting shoes with arch support.
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