Should you adopt the latest footwear fad?

July 2, 2012

“Barefoot” shoes are designed to replicate the experience—and potential benefits—of running or walking barefoot. If you’re interested in buying a pair, or are just curious why anybody would want to go barefoot in the first place, here’s what you need to know…

This column originally appeared in the June online edition of AMC Outdoors. You can read the full story here. 

“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

(Photograph by Trevor Brown, courtesy Vibram USA)

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Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.