What If I Hike/Run/Walk Long Distances?

Just like standing all day, hiking/running/walking long distances in barefoot shoes is fine if your feet are conditioned and prepared for it. But modern lifestyles make it difficult to achieve that, and many people doing huge mileage opt for more cushioned (but sill zero drop) shoes to begin with. If you have been moving for years in traditional athletic shoes with pointed toe boxes, arch support, and thick cushioned heels, you can injure yourself if you suddenly switch “cold turkey” to minimalist shoes. It’s a whole-body change and you may need to give yourself time to transition. The most important thing is to pay attention to your body and find what works for you.

Here are some barefoot shoe brands with thicker soles.

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2 thoughts on “What If I Hike/Run/Walk Long Distances?”

  1. Anya —

    I have a request for another “best” list — the best barefoot shoes for people who walk long distances.

    When I work in my office (soon, again!) I have a 2 mile commute which puts 20 miles a week on whatever shoes I wear — plus weekend errand running and maybe other wear. That can really add up.

    I’m researching my first pair of true barefoot shoes, and many look like I’ll wear out the soles in a month or two. I want a pair that will last at least 1,000 miles or more.

    I also have extra wide feet, so there are a lot of barefoot shoes I can’t wear. I currently use a pair of Keen mary janes, they’re almost barefoot (slight heel), and surprised me with how well the soles are holding up.

    Thanks for this blog … once I decide on shoes, I will buy through your site if possible.

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I first discovered barefoot shoes after a long history of foot issues. By changing my footwear and strengthening my body I was able to completely transform my life. Anya’s Reviews is my way of sharing with the world that healthy feet are happy feet!

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