In my mind the world follows the path of a pendulum- it swings back and forth from one extreme to the other. The ‘60s were free, the ‘70s conservative, the ‘80s back to a little craziness, bellbottoms one decade, skinny jeans the next, etc. We are starting to see this trend in the outdoor industry as well as the popularity of fast and light products is currently all the rage. However there is a movement occurring in the running world that is blowing minds: the Barefoot initiative. No, it is not a covert government-run program training shoeless ninjas, but a grassroots running technique that has flourished in recently in the press (due primarily to a novel Juan recommended I read called ‘’Born to Run’’- I suggest it to any runner whether professional or recreational). What a preposterous idea I hear you scream? Are a bunch of hippies trying to get us to wear Patchouli and run around fields barefoot in sundresses? Maybe.