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Barefoot/Minimalist Shoes + Toe Spacers
(The Science)

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Welcome back to Chat Sh*t Get Fit - This week we tackle a listener request and one that has been highly anticipated! Turns out you guys really want to know what we think of these things. All will be revealed and by the end, you should be able to make a more informed decision on whether they are a good fit for you. That's if you can get through all the chaos of course.

We take a closer look at the scientific evidence when it comes to these products, we dive into some listener comments regarding experiences with these products and we also explore a lawsuit involving Vibram and 3.75 million dollars!

We also did our first Twitch live stream and for those that joined us it was a lot of fun - unfortunately, everything on the stream does not make it into this episode (Some stuff live just does not work as something to be kept on the internet for all eternity!) If you want to join us on the next one head here and give us a follow!


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Studies Mentioned

Transitioning to Minimal Footwear: a Systematic Review of Methods and Future Clinical Recommendations

Running barefoot leads to lower running stability compared to shod running - results from a randomized controlled study

Adaptation of Running Biomechanics to Repeated Barefoot Running: A Randomized Controlled Study

Hallux valgus

Walking barefoot vs. with minimalist footwear – influence on gait in younger and older adults

Foot strike patterns and collision forces in habitually barefoot versus shod runners

Economy and rate of carbohydrate oxidation during running with rearfoot and forefoot strike patterns

Prospective comparison of running injuries between shod and barefoot runners

Daily activity in minimal footwear increases foot strength

Adjusted Indirect and Mixed Comparisons of Conservative Treatments for Hallux Valgus: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis

Transitioning from traditional running shoes to barefoot running: the probability of success and predictors of failure November 2021 N. Collins, K. Mills, B. Vicenzino

Barefoot Running: Myths and Realities of Barefoot and Shod Mechanics towards Implicating Running Related Injuries

The long-term effects of wearing moderate minimalist shoes on a child’s foot strength, muscle structure and balance

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