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Huaraches. Top Tier Running Shoes?

Huaraches. Top Tier Running Shoes?

So we’ve talked about barefoot, or minimal shoe running a bit recently. Getting back to the basics is good. Here’s a great article on How to Make Huaraches. These are traditional sandals worn by the Tarahumara, who are a Mexican tribe known for their success in running, and they run in Huaraches. There are several stories of groups of Tarahumara given the “best running shoes on the market”, and very quickly discarding them because it caused them significant problems in their running. The injury rates in the Tarahumara are significantly lower than among runners that wear “good running shoes”.

5 Responses to “More Barefoot Running Info”

  1. thams says:

    thats a bit too minimalist, I prefer these:

  2. Patricia says:

    How much asphalt and cement do the Tarahumara run on?

  3. Patricia says:

    What i’m getting at is that we need to “compare” apples to apples. I.e. the Tarahumara are trained from childhood to run long distances in natural terrain - the way humans were built to run.
    As a result the Tarahumara are going to be better, stronger runners that most of “us” hands down, in “any” environment. And yes shoes will only impede their running because they’ll interfere with the use of their “developed” feet.
    My feet and feet usage skills are not developed. The bruise on the bottom of my right foot from jumping down from the pullup bar barefoot repeatedly during the wod is clear enough indication that my feet muscles need work and…that I am probably using my feet improperly to land. These are things I need to work on cautiously, and I would think the safest, most effective way to do this is on natural terrain. However, with all that said, I’ve been wanting to “test” a 400 or 800 meter run barefoot around the buildings, just to see what it feels like for a while now, and for some reason I think I would have better results “barefoot” sans Huaraches or vibrams, on the pavement because it seems the Huaraches are just to protect the souls from getting torn up. I’m not concerned about that on pavement. I want to see if my feet are strong enough to protect my joints.
    Hey I just had an idea - a simulated log bridge made out of pvc pipe bound together and suspended (could just be a few inches suspended). That would be so fun to practice walking across! I bet the kids would love it!

  4. Roger says:

    There are a TON of other factors involved in the Tarahumara’s success in running that we may not be able to just pick up on, but even with people that have grown up wearing shoes and having undeveloped feet, getting out of the shoes regularly and training will reap great rewards. And, yes the sandals are just to protect the soles of your feet from damage. Even a 400 on the asphalt around the gym would be rough on the soles of your feet without any protection. My baby feet couldn’t take that. In vibrams, sure, barefoot, nope. An interesting side benefit of doing gymnastics for years is the amount of training I’ve done barefoot. I’ve got strong feet with tender skin. My hands are tougher than the soles of my feet…

  5. Patricia says:

    OKAY! So I did it, my test. I did a 400 meter run in the rain barefoot on the asphalt around the buildings. And….. it felt amazing. I ran faster, and it was “easier”. nothing hurt (except the skin on the bottom of my feet from the rough asphalt). I have to try again for longer distance, but am very pleased with the results so far !.. :-)

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