So I launched, on April 8, 2018, at the Paris Marathon, my new racing t-shirts, which carry two messages. The first message, written in English on the back of the t-shirts and inspired by my experience of 48 marathons in 2013, focuses on the natural capacities of humans to run tens or even hundreds of marathons in one year. The second message, featured on the front of the t-shirts, “Running barefoot—Join the trend!” also invites spectators, visitors to my website, and people I meet, to follow my example.
The simple answer is: “Why not barefoot?”
Natural running, i.e. on our bare feet, still has a long way to go, because the belief in protecting shoes is so deeply ingrained in our minds. This probably explains the fact that when it comes to walking or running barefoot, the right question is not the one that comes most easily to mind. Be aware, however, that Rome wasn’t built in a day, so do not expect to become overnight a barefoot runner! In other words, running immediately barefoot on weakened legs and feet through decades of wearing shoes may not be a good idea. So I started by learning to walk barefoot and I still walk a lot, leaving the car in the garage. . .