02 May '11, 11am

Ask Pablo: Is Barefoot Running Greener?

Dear Pablo: I have seen more and more people running barefoot. Do you think it is better for the environment? Barefoot running, or running with so-called minimalist shoes, is a growing phenomenon indeed. A strong interest in the reported health benefits of running without conventional running shoes is driving ever more people to leave their sneakers at home. But what environmental benefits may be associated with this movement? What is the environmental impact of millions of people heading out on their local trails and buying new minimalist footwear? According to Craig Throne, Merrell's VP of Global Marketing, Merrell will sell half a million shoes globally from their barefoot line in 2011. Having sold 2.5 million pairs in 2010, Vibram has a sales target of 4 million of its Five Fingers shoes in 2011. Such large sales volumes may be cause for concern among environmentalists...

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