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new balance mr800New Balance has been in the business of making running shoes since 1906. While traditionally known for making high quality padded and supportive running athletic shoes it was only a matter of time before New Balance came out with their own “barefoot” running shoe offerings. Two of their shoes, the New Balance MR800, and the New Balance MT100 are similar to Nike Free and Vibram FiveFingers shoes as it is designed to allow runners to run with a midfoot strike and to mimic the natural motion of the foot. The MR800 in particular was inspired by ChiRunning and ChiWalking. The benefit of this midfoot strike technique is this allows your feet to move more naturally, thereby strengthening the feet and lower body and preventing injuries. If you would like to see how they compare to the Nike Frees, check out out review of the Nike Free versus New Balance article.

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Benefits of Wearing New Balance Barefoot Shoes

  1. Strengthens Muscles in foot and lower body.
  2. Improves flexibility and range in motion in ankle, foot, and toes.
  3. Improves balance and and body awareness.
  4. Helps alleviate problems related to the impact of running on the knee
  5. Extremely light and comfortable.

Why New Balance Barefoot Shoes?

By walking and running barefoot we allow our body to move how it was initially designed. By wearing shoes, however, we change the natural way we walk and run which can lead to sprains, shin splints, and other common foot injuries. The New Balance 800 running shoes attempt to mimic barefoot running by adjusting the shoe design to allow a person’s foot to strike in the middle part of the foot, often referred to as a midfoot strike or forefoot strike. The advantage of this is that there is less stress and impact on your legs and feet.

Dr. William Rossi in a 1999 article in Podiatry Management said it best with regards to going barefoot :

Wise Man“It took 4 million years to develop our unique human foot and our consequent distinctive form of walk, a remarkable feat of bioengineering. Yet, in only a few thousand years, and with one carelessly designed instrument, our shoes, we have warped the pure anatomical form of human walk, obstructing its engineering efficiency, afflicting it with strains and stresses and denying it its natural grace of form and ease of movement head to foot.”

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