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PYP 151: Steven Sashen on Running Barefoot and Feeling the World

steven-sashenSteven Sashen is co-founder of Xeroshoes.com, and a fierce critic of the athletic footwear industry. Steven and I met when we were in the digital marketing world, and stayed in touch as we both migrated into health and wellness.

Steven has been my “almost barefoot shoe” supplier since 2011, when I read Born to Run and got my mind blown about the harm done by hyper-cushioned and hyper-supportive footwear.

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There are so many parallels between the misinformation promoted by Big Food and Big Pharma and Big Sneaker, I wanted to get Steven on the podcast to share his naturalistic approach to moving in a way that doesn’t lead to injury and limitation.

In our conversation, we discuss:

  • the problem with shoes that force our feet into unnatural shapes
  • the significance of having flexible feet
  • the importance of ground feel
  • Steven’s sprinting injuries and what they taught him
  • the brain and de-differentiation
  • how most shoes, aka “foot coffins,” deny us feedback crucial to our wellbeing
  • Steven’s father’s death due to lack of ability to balance
  • the unproven claims of orthotics
  • “20 years of plantar fasciitis” and orthopedic cluelessness
  • why no running shoe company has ever been able to demonstrate superiority
  • why padded shoes feel good at first, but cause damage in the long term
  • how the athletic shoe industry responded to Born to Run initially, and how they changed their tune –
  • slightly – once they saw the market potential
  • why reducing stress on the feet is a really bad idea
  • the problems with “minimalist footwear” from the big shoe companies
  • Steven’s experience on Shark Tank
  • how the natural shoe industry can expand organically
  • and much more…

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Links

Xeroshoes.com

Gina Kolata article in the New York Times on orthotics

Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall

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2 comments on “PYP 151: Steven Sashen on Running Barefoot and Feeling the World

  1. Thank You says:

    Howard, Thank You for another informative podcast; keep them coming.

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