Everybody’s raving about barefoot running – it’s benefits and products that simulate it.
One of the most popular nowadays is the Vibram Five Fingers which they say is the closest one yet stylish in doing barefoot.
A few weeks back, I discovered a footwear that simulates barefoot running. They are called Huarache (wa-ra’che). It is a flat heeled-sandal with an upper of woven leather strips. It is actually a Mexican sandal and originally a peasant shoe. Now, they’re being used for running and based on reviews, if you really want to experience barefoot running, then you should consider using this too.
What’s different with huarache from other products is that you can purchase the raw materials and make them yourself or you can send your foot size to this website http://www.invisibleshoe.com/ and they can make one for you. Currently, one of my dailymile (DM) friends from Cebu uses the said sandals. His name is Jacob Ong. He makes his own pair.
Here are some pictures to show how Huaraches look like and see it on Jacob Ong’s foot during Milo Elims:
Barefoot running has its benefits, i.e. develops a natural gait, strengthens the muscles of the foot, it may reduce injuries, learning to land on the forefoot, and improve balance and proprioception. But some say it can also be harmful and could cause Achilles tendinitis, calf strain, and blisters because of the little cushioning and protection that it provides.
For more information about Huaraches, you may click HERE.
Thank you to Mr. Jacob Ong for allowing me to feature this on my blog and use some of his pictures.