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Ok, I figure that a community of open minded Vega consumers will be tolerant of my asking this question...should running in VFF's *really* be called barefoot running? Minimalist, or zero drop, shoes are awesome, don't get me wrong, I love my VFF's, but when I slip them on I'm no longer barefoot. So, why do we keep calling running in VFF's going barefoot? ... or am I just splitting hairs?
i agree, barefoot VFF's are not and i have 3 pairs in circulation at the moment -- but semiotics say that a word points to something and that some gap typically does exist between the sign and what it signifies
Agree. barefoot is barefoot. VFF/ZeroDrop/Forefoot/NaturalShoes these are all related but different distinctions. While I both run barefoot and use both zero-drop and other minimalist shoes, I appreciate barefoot does confer both a very distinct experience as well the most direct feedback in adjusting one's biomechanical running form. I'm not a pureist or zealot by any stretch but would say that the distinctions are important in furthering the discussion around running biomechanics.
I like what you say about not being a purist Aleksandar - left to nature alone i have scoliosis and hip rotation - mild by significant enough to impact my running - to see my orthotics collecting dust for over a year now thanks to VFF/barefoot is a big deal - but my running is informed by purity as much as my diet - difference, curiosity, and innovation are key - just because something arrived first does not make it better - more natural....