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  • Opens your chest to make it easier to breath
  • Helps relax your body
  • Creates focus on muscles in your core


  • Spread out the absorption of the energy your body creates vs. focusing it all in your heel
  • Greater stability and balance in movement
  • Natural way your foot was meant to land
Barefoot Training
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    Get the Merrell Barefoot Training Plan
    Don't have an iPhone? Download a PDF version of the Barefoot Challenge App, featuring all the tips and training you need to get started.

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  • christopher mcdougall

    Christopher McDougall
    In his international best seller, Born to Run, Christopher McDougall investigates Mexico's Tarahumara Indians to learn the secret behind their ability to run long...

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  • get the merrell barefoot playlist

    Get the Merrell Barefoot Playlist
    One of the keys to mastering Barefoot is cadence. Run at 180 steps per minute with the help of our 180-beat-per-minute playlist.
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  • dan lieberman

    Dan Lieberman
    Dr. Daniel Lieberman, of Harvard University combines experimental biology and paleontology to discover why the human body looks and...

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  • the new york times

    The New York Times
    "Are We Built to Run Barefoot?" Read the full article discussing the merits of going Barefoot running.

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  • competitor

    The online source for active lifestyle features our very own Jason Robillard.
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  • the wall street journal

    The Wall Street Journal
    Read "Is Barefoot Better?" to learn why some athletes believe running barefoot is beneficial to their performance.

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    See what North Carolina's older newspaper reports about going Barefoot.

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  • best runners debut

    Runner's World Best Debut
    Merrell Barefoot (Trail and Pace Glove) name Best Debut by Runner's World Magazine, April 2011.
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  • shape winners shoe awards 2011

    Shape Winners Shoe Awards 2011
    Shape magazine names Merrell's Barefoot Pace Glove the best trail running shoe.
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  • national geographic

    National Geographic Gear of the Year
    The Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove is honored by National Geographic as the best minimalist shoe.

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