Do You Really Need Running Shoes for Running?

Are running shoes really need for running?

Men Running

Or can you get away with using any old shoes or even going barefoot altogether?

There’s a huge misconception that you definitely need running shoes if you’re running and today I want to break down why this is a massive fallacy.

I run 3-4 miles a day and I don’t have the most expensive shoes, I have a $60 pair and they hold up just fine.

Not to mention that they’re not even made for running!

So lets get to the bottom of things and I’ll explain why you do NOT need running shoes for running.

Do You Need Running Shoes for Running?

Technically, and the most shortest answer is no.

You can actually run in barefoot and have absolutely no injuries to bones, joints, etc, as long as you have proper form.

The keyword is proper form.

Running shoes are designed to compensate for the bad form that people use when they run.

Landing your feet in front of your body, taking long strides, not focusing on your movements, these are all signs of bad running form.

And shoe brands try to make up for it by providing massive amounts of padding to stop people from getting injured.

But obviously all this padding is not needed as long as you have the right form.

And that’s why running shoes are definitely not needed.

Will they help?

Of course

Will they help prevent injury?

Yes, but not forever

Will they correct bad form?

Absolutely not.

Lets take this even further and I’ll prove that running shoes are not needed when you have tremendous form.

This 18 year old actually came 16th in a marathon out of 500 people wearing, wait for it, crocs!

What’s with the weird choice of footwear?

Well crocs are extremely lightweight, they breath, provide maximum air flow and they’re quick to run in.

Another thing to take note is that his father was also in crocs and was 5 minutes behind him.

Also Abebe Bikila came 1st place in the 1960 Summer Olympics while running completely barefoot.

And the proof just goes on and on, need I say more?

The Proper Way to Run While Preventing Injury

The proper way to run is to make your muscles absorb most of the impact and not your feet, your joints and bones.

That’s really the most basic way to explain it.

That’s why you need to watch this video and get the basic principles down to prevent injury and run for longer.

Basically, the key takeaway from the video above is to run with smaller but faster steps.

A huge mistake is that runners think they need to take huge strides, when all this does is promote injury.

It’s in the statistics.

60-80% of runners get injured every year!

That’s an eye-opening statistic. It means most people aren’t running properly and their latest and greatest running shoes aren’t helping prevent injury…at all.

The only way to prevent it is to correct your form.

You Have to Remember We’ve Been Around For 200,000 Years

You have to remember that human beings have been around for about 200,000 years.

There were no designer shoes back in the day, no soft padding to protect our feet from the hard abrasive ground.

We had to learn to survive, and that meant great form and even running bare feet.

From a young age, boy had to learn to hunt, run and walk over sticks, rocks, mud, everything you can think of, in ONLY barefoot.

And they didn’t get injured.

Well, not knee pain, joints or bones anyway, definitely not the common pains you hear about today.

Because they were running the proper way.

What Are Running Shoes Designed to Do?

These “running shoes” are designed solely to prevent people from injury.

But it’s never going to stop bad form.

Running shoes absorb a large amount of impact from the heavy pounding into the ground.

Instead of smashing your feet into the hard ground, it hits the soft cushion and makes you think the running shoes are doing you good.

But they’re doing more bad than good since they promote bad form.

You have to keep in mind that the impact is only strong because the form is off.

With proper form, there’s less impact and less joint and bone destruction.

Great form will allow the muscles to take the majority of the impact because they can handle it.

Your sensitive feet and joints can not.

That’s the aim of the game at the end of the day.

Are Running Shoes Necessary?

Well that all depends.

Beginner Runners

I recommend newbies wear a basic pair of running shoes until they learn the basics.

Get something with lots of cushioning and then when those wear out, get a pair with less cushioning, so on and so forth.

Until you’re wearing shoes that have little to no cushioning.

And trust me, you’ll know if you’re using bad form because you’ll to feel it.

Advanced Runners

If you’ve been running for years, I don’t know why you’re still purchasing running shoes with maximum cushioning.

I would ditch them.

Go with something with less cushioning as long as you have your form down pact.

You’ll know if your forms good enough because you’ll feel aches and pains if it’s not!

Why Not Just go Barefoot?

Running Barefoot on Beach

To protect your feet from pavements, roads, and the dirty streets of New York of course (which are covered in glass, poop, cigarette butts, etc).

Unless you strictly keep your running to soft terrain like beaches and grass. This was actually a massive trend some years ago.

Then you can definitely go barefoot, but prepare to get lots of steers since it’s not societies “status quo”.

Societies status quo are bright and colorful sneakers while taking selfies on your trail so everyone knows you’re about that #fitlife.


Running shoes are definitely not needed when it comes to running.

They might help with support and cushioning, but definitely not going to do good for the long term if you have bad form.

You should actually practice with the tips I showed you in the video tutorial, then move down to a shoe with less cushioning.

If you don’t feel any pain, you are doing it right.

Well that’s it for this article.

You are doing the right thing doing your research because running is fun but definitely not when you get injured.

So I hope you found what you were looking for in this article.



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