Not sure about barefoot running? If only there was a way of going half-barefoot to see if you like it…
Drum roll please. Enter: The Freeheel Running Pad.
Winner of the ISPO Award 2012, the Running Pad is designed and manufactured by Starringer in beautiful Bavaria, Germany. Starringer claim the Running Pad is of minimal weight, protecting the foot only where it is needed, and is a great alternative for long-distance and high temperature runs.
The barefoot revolution has certainly brought us some of the most peculiar-looking shoes over the last four years (think Vibram FiveFingers, One Moment, ZEMgear), but the Freewheel Running Pad is certainly the most bizarre. It is genuinely innovative. It’s neither a shoe, nor a sandal. It’s not a glove, nor a hoof.
From the top, you could easily mistake the Running Pad for a sandal. Very similar to a Birkenstock. I particularly like the use of the straps – very trendy. But then we look at the side profile. The sandal has no sole under the heel, nor does it have anything to wrap around the back of your foot.
Now I haven’t tested this ‘shoe’, and the jury is out on how they would perform, but I really fancy having a go at these. To me, they look like something you’d see on a half-horse/half man. As a Sagittarius, my Zodiac symbol is the archer – maybe that’s why I am attracted to them…
A little more:
- Improves muscle strength/coordination lower extremities
- Higher running efficiency as compared to heel striking
- Optimal foot climate compared to other “barefoot shoes”.
- Back to the roots – like in telemarking “free heel” & snow shoe “free-heel”
- No need to squeeze your toes in little pockets
- Water & gravel in & out!
- no length adjustment needed – select from small/medium/large depending on the width of your fore/midfoot.
- Backup-Protection for barefoot runners
Check out their website for more information: http://www.runningpad.de/
Keep up to date with Feetus on: