About 2009 there started a development from the running community in the direction of barefoot running. The buzz was to dispose of the arch supporting and padded athletic shoes since they were thought to be the cause of a lot of the overuse injuries that runners had been getting. The popularity was backed and touted by a lot of so-called gurus, internet sites, forums and also books. It was heavily promoted as the response to almost all of the conditions that runners faced. It had been estimated that as much as around a quarter of all runners dabbled in the concept of barefoot or minimalist running at the time. Despite most of the rhetoric and statements created for barefoot running, the science and research did not support these claims that were being made. For most of these athletes which tried it, the benefits failed to materialise, and they went back to running with what they were previously used to be exercising in. Athletes at some point dropped curiosity about it and in spite of all the media hype and the amount of promotion that was given to it, the buzz started falling by end of 2014 and these days it barely rates a mention except in historic terms and also by a small serious few that still undertake it and continue to strongly recommend for this.
The popularity did stimulate a lot of barefoot running shoes that is a dose of an oxymoron since how could you be barefoot and have athletic shoes. Nevertheless, these types of running shoes during the time were designed to be so minimal and still have little shock absorption just like the traditional running shoes. They were truly nothing more than protective covering of the feet. It was believed that when by using these kinds of footwear that they were as close as you can get to running barefoot while still utilizing some sort of running shoe. There were a lot of new brands into the athletic shoes market within the back of this fad as the standard running shoe businesses were somewhat sluggish to respond to the progress in the market. The original athletic shoes businesses did respond with increased minimalist shoes at the time. Since that time many of the new brands have left the market and the array of barefoot running shoes supplied by the larger athletic shoes businesses have been noticeably decreased since the interest in these shoes have dropped to the magnitude that they at this point make up a lot less than 1% of the athletic shoes industry.
Despite the fact that there is no longer much interest, if any, in barefoot running shoes, there's a legacy how the craze leaves within the industry. Runners are more conscious about the various design features in athletic shoes like the magnitude of cushioning as well as the elevation with the cushioned back heel. There are some of the minimalist design features that have been incorporated into the more traditional running shoes. All the different athletic shoes today available on the market is currently more considerable which range from the minimalist end to the more shock absorbing maximalist end of the spectrum. There isn't any doubt that this gimmick has left a legacy.