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Barefoot Simulation

Fitness - Fashion/Gift

This is the article everyone's talking about:

Long-Awaited Barefoot Running Study Finds Sneakers Are Harmful

I'm a proponent of barefoot running but only on pristine sandy beaches...and even then there's no guarantee you won't come across something prickly. On my last barefoot run in the Mayan Riviera, I nearly ran over a piece of broken glass. Luckily I was paying attention, but that's not always the case especially when I'm running to music.

Sarah Dassault, a fitness correspondent and producer for, fears the worst when it comes to barefoot running. I don't blame her.

I've written about barefoot training before (READ IT HERE) which I think is beneficial to developing under-used muscles in feet. I'm a huge fan of yoga, pilates and martial arts which are all brilliant ways to exercise these muscles without going to extremes. Our feet are conditioned to wearing sneakers and whether it's good or bad for them in the long run, it's what they're used to. If you immediately jump into barefoot running, you're going to shock the hell out of your feet and you won't enjoy how that feels. I've done it before and I could barely walk afterwards. You should ease into barefoot running--whether it's on a beach or a city street. I hate mentioning street running because I believe any surface that doesn't give is super dangerous to bare feet. At the very least, I recommend checking out a new shoe called The Evo by Terra Plana. This shoe might satisfy a curiousity for barefoot running and save many from disastrous consequences.

Here's what Terra Plana has to say about the Evo: 

The EVO is designed to be the best barefoot running shoe we could create. TPU cage on breathable mesh, slimline anatomic last with sucked out arch area for maximum barefoot performance response, lightweight micro fibre reinforcements, multi-density footbed for ultimate transition and density options on different terrains. The EVO is like running barefoot.

After some online detective work, I was able to dig up a few EVO styles. The black ones kind of remind me of a pair of water mocassins I wore as a kid. The other 2 have potential.

Evo Styles

The Evo hits retail stores this March. If you can't wait until then, definitely check out these NikeFrees (they're hard not to like and you can design your own @ NikeID). OR, you could wait for the On Running Shoe to come out. I don't know enough about it but THIS VIDEO seems to say it all. I dig the green, keyboard-button-textured sole.



I'm excited for both the Evo and the On Running Shoe even though I'm a little suspicious of a marketing ploy considering the timing of Evo's launch with these "recent" barefoot findings. As long as the shoes are well-designed and comfortable, I'll let it slide. Perhaps I'll do a giveaway if I can get my hands on a few extra pairs. Anyone interested?

UPDATE (9-23-10): New barefoot trainer alert!!!! Haven't tested them out yet and I hear they're pricey (even more so than the EVO--currently my go-to ergonomic sneaker (read my review here), but I definitely can't wait to get my feet into a pair of BIOM natural motion running shoes from ECCO.


Photo and video for On Running Shoe courtesy of

Photo for the Evo from the Terra Plana website

written by Bianca Jade a.k.a Mizzfit


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nate February 5th, 2010 8:40AM

i bought some planna terra sneakers (not for running) a few months back and they're amazing. i definitely work different muscles when i'm wearing them. it's that obvious that feet are supposed to work differently then the way they work in sneakers.

MizzFIT February 6th, 2010 5:06PM

Hi Nate, which terra plana sneakers did you buy? What do you think of the Evos?

mivanhoxcss March 7th, 2010 4:41AM

Great Site. Was added to mybookmarks. Greetings From USA.

chus May 4th, 2010 10:27PM

donde se pueden comprar esas zapatillas?cuanto costarran?

MizzFIT May 5th, 2010 6:54PM

Cuales? Los Evos de Terra Plana o los que se llaman On Running Shoe (negro/verde)?

Bart Bush August 3rd, 2010 9:38PM has a promo offering $100 off a month and a free week of Nutrisystem. It sounds great, anyone know how much the program normally costs and if the food is good?

glinnyMib July 15th, 2011 11:23PM

I just sent this post to a bunch of my friends as I agree with most of what you’re saying here and the way you’ve presented it is awesome.

Christa August 2nd, 2011 8:04AM

I love my Terra Plana Venus shoes and I can't wait to try the Evos! I'm a size 9 if you are looking to do a giveaway. I'll even write a review! There is a lot of evidence as to the benefits of barefoot walking and running and I've been trying to incorporate this into my routine by walking barefoot as much as possible at home and in parks. I've started running completely barefoot in the grass for 5 minutes a week and I'm already noticing a difference in my gait. My brother is a personal trainer and he's helping me transition to more barefoot running. It's definitely something one needs to ease into.

Christa August 2nd, 2011 8:05AM

EU 39 :)

MizzFIT August 3rd, 2011 2:48AM

Hi Christa,

Right on! If I do a giveaway, you will be the girl I contact! I love running in the grass as well. Doesn't it feel therapeutic? I tried running barefoot at the beach once but ended up injuring myself. I much prefer grassy parks for barefoot sprinting. That's great that you're finding all the benefits of barefoot running and incorporating it into your routine. I have to admit, I still love conventional running shoes (for both fashion and function) but I like to dabble in both worlds as much as I can :)

Take care!