This article is excerpted from ZERO DROP, a new blog about barefoot and minimalist running by journalist and author Bill Katovsky. The text comes from Katovsky’s “A-Z Guide to Minimalist and Barefoot Running Shoes.”
The barefoot and minimalist running shoe phenomenon has yet to crest. We’ve edged past the “early adopters” phase. Come this spring (2011), when multiple new minimalist-oriented shoes will come to market, the running world is in for one of its biggest fundamental shifts since Nike first introduced its “waffle” tread in 1974.