Friday, October 15, 2010
Runner's World and Minimalist Shoes
Runner's World magazine article (November 2010) by Bob Parks entitled "Is Less More?" takes up the issue of barefoot running and minimalist shoes. The article touches on some good points and gives a semi-fair perspective on barefoot running and the minimalist shoe trend. Considering just 2 years ago the magazine, which relies on shoe advertising, wouldn't say much positive about the movement, this is a step in the right direction. I suppose their advertisers are finally putting out more minimalist shoes...and now they can report that there might be something to this movement. It's about time! I hope we see more these articles in various running magazines...people need to know this is a valid choice for runners of all distances. Now if we can only get Runner's World to have cover photos of real runners and not just cute models we'll have made some real change. It wouldn't hurt to actually show people of color on the front cover too...seems it's always young, white, females--not that I have anything against seeing young white females dressed in skimpy running attire! But seriously, can't they highlight elite runners from all nations? How about recreational runners of all ethnic backgrounds?