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However, I’ve also been running in shoes, at least occasionally for nearly 40 of those years (until I got tired of blistered feet), and my feet were often blistered, in fact, anytime I ran more than 10-15 miles in shoes, the blisters would be broken open, raw, and bleeding.
Relax, keep in mind how long it takes an infant to start walking and running after they are born. One should not depend on tough skin to avoid blistering (except on hot pavement – even then, good technique, especially faster stepping, helps a lot).
Instead focus on things you can control, like improving technique (a never-ending adventure).
Friction (which is the primary cause of blisters) happens when the foot lands on the ground while traveling at a different speed or direction than the ground underneath. Start practicing on gentle hills, before working up gradually to steeper more challenging hills, as your confidence and technique improve. The easiest way I have found to run uphill is to push my hips toward the hill, then the springs in my legs take over from there. I think it means one keeps his feet (toes) a fraction too long on the ground, resulting in a situation where the next stride starts by lifting the heel first and the toes are still in contact with the ground?
Also be sure to move the feet quickly, the landing foot, and the trailing foot must be traveling at the same speed (and direction) under our body as the ground is moving under our body, both on landing, and push-off (and of course for the entire time spent on the ground – but landing and take-off is most critical, as mis-match in speed between the foot and ground will create friction.
Practice a few steps, occasionally on some rough road or gravel, you’ll find it extremely painful to skid, scurf, scrape, or otherwise move your feet across the rough terrain at any other speed and direction than the terrain is passing under you.
I thought I got it, but after a month of runs using sandals instead of running pure barefoot, I went through the same problem again last week.
Also no need to grip the surface if your feet are landing on that surface at the same speed the surface is traveling below your body. I can’t imagine the climate here is that much different to Southern California… so how did you toughen up your feet without losing the skin off them in the process? The big problem, of course, was that you were trying to learn run barefoot (style) with shoes. Secondly, of course, running with your soles protected has done little to prepare you for barefoot running, besides not letting you fine tune your technique, they allow the soles to stay or become soft and weak. Both these problems can be solved with patience, time, paying attention, and most importantly, being reasonable. Pay attention, the pains in your soles, even on prickly grass, are trying to get you to figure out a more gentle way to run. Think more like an infant, how many steps does an infant take the first time they attempt to walk – maybe 3 or 5 or less.
Gradually, very gradually, getting your soles used to the heat without damaging them, improving your technique, and building up distance, again, very, very gradually. Can you provide any insights as to what I might be doing wrong, or whether it sounds like my feet just need time to toughen up? It’s really difficult to say what the specific cause is for any given blister on any individual. Rough terrain is helpful in discouraging abrasive actions, as well as playing too much, too soon.
But last week, I was very proud of myself for completing 8 miles across central London barefoot without the slightest hint of a blister. I’m planning on a barefoot half marathon later this year, probably The Great North Run. One more question that popped my mind this morning while going to the mall to buy my groceries… When normally walking (not running), what would be man’s most natural way of walking? I run on concrete a lot and have trouble with heel bruises from stepping on hard to see stones.
That said, landing forefoot FIRST with RELAXED calves and BENDING knees (as you land) reduces impact.


Think of the difference between pushing an egg gently to get it to roll on a floor, or hitting the egg with a hammer to get it to roll. The key is NOT to TRY to land forefoot first, but to get the rest of the body, and legs doing what they should be doing. And folks running in shoes can suffer the same problem, especially if they’re depending on their shoes to cushion impact (rather than running without impact). Also, after my first trail race barefoot, a few people who ran in shoes were complaining about the rocks on the trails bruising their feet through their shoes. I also ran through our rugged and rocky forest barefoot and it was truly amazing feeling the mud, the rocks and so on, but I only ran a 2-3 km and then I put on my Sole Runners. What people seem to forget is that the only part of our feet designed to make contact with anything while we are running, walking, or even standing, are our bare soles. The type of running technique that causes that kind of issue (pun not intended, but recognized) would be immediately and profoundly uncomfortable.
While it may not take you this long, partly because you have the advantage of the experience of the rest of us.
I’ve been transitioning for 9 months and Am now up to 6kms barefoot and feeling good.
Contrariwise, bending the torso forward above the waist (like most people do when going up a hill) seems to waste a lot of energy. The last months I’ve been running twice or 3 three times a week for about 9 to 12 km each run.
Basically, it means that your toes are the last part of your foot to leave the ground, which is natural. After about 16 Km in Xero’s, my leather lace snapped so I had to finish the final 5 Km running barefoot on the almost frozen, wet and sandy pavement along the Belgian coastline. It is only when accelerating (speeding up, slowing down, or cornering) that much traction is needed, and on rough roads, that’s almost never an issue.
So I decided to re-teach myself running from first principles and hopefully come back better. And that’s more than enough to excite them about the possibilities of traveling everywhere under their own power in the future.
I had thought it was just a tender spot in the edge of the ball of my foot by my big toe, but on stopping to check it out, I had actually gone through the skin there. They started feeling tender after about 1.8km, and looked to be wearing on the same spot, so I put my huaraches on and switched to walking again. Most specifically, lifting the foot to avoid any kind of abrasion or push-off from the floor. But, in order to learn that message before running on smoother terrain, one should practice, at least occasionally, on terrain that is more stimulating than smooth concrete.
The blood on the tissue is from the palm’s of another shod runner who tripped (over her shoe?) running down the gravel trail. It’s the tender skin on top of the feet that is several times more prone to abrasion and puncture that is most susceptible to blistering while running in shoes. Before I could run more than a few steps with any kind of abrasive movement, I would have modified my technique to not cause that discomfort.
2) you are correct, running for 17 minutes is probably a bit much (a mile or two) to start with, especially before learning gentle (also non-abrasive) technique. I run 90% on concrete bike track and 10% on gravel (only to access the bike track near Home).
Try to get your feet to land on the ground at the same speed and direction as the ground is traveling underneath.
Keep in mind that even running uphill, you have some momentum in that direction, so it isn’t all about powering yourself up, unless you keep changing direction. Most of the times I run about 5 km completely barefoot, and for the rest of the distance I put on my Luna Sandals or Xeros.


Landing more flatfooted (and letting the heel kiss the ground sooner) seems to make it more obvious to spread the pressure, and lift toes a bit easier to prevent the irritating toe-off blisters. While a fore-foot-first landing is an indicator of a more gentle landing, it is the result of bent knees, and moving the body more forward (the whole torso, not just the top of the body), which creates a geometry where the fore-foot will naturally touch the ground first, but only a millimeter or two before the heel. After the hard dead skin started falling off, I got a few more blisters on the soft skin under the old blisters. The bare feet are blessed with hundreds of nerve endings giving us instant feedback so that we can fine tune our technique precisely for our individual body. In fact, it may be better to set a goal of HALF what you did successfully the previous outing.
I’m developing callouses on each side of the balls of my feet, and one of those is where the skin came away on Monday.
The important thing is that blisters are an indication that you’re trying to do too much, either before learning to do it gently enough, or before the skin has a chance to adapt, or both. But with practice, as you develop skill, those times should become both less frequent, and less severe. I simply ran more gently – incidentally I finished well in front of those folks who were complaining. The feeling was unbelievable with the air conditioning and the wind blowing through my toes. The key is putting the foot up and down with no push off, relying on the lean and fast cadence to move forwards.
More importantly, while barefoot, it’s really intolerably uncomfortable to slide your feet along the ground, so, guess what? Take your time, remember that you are learning a new activity, it isn’t the same as running in shoes, except without shoes. Also if your knees are bent on landing, as your body moves forward in front of your foot (from momentum, not by pawing back) then the springs in your legs will naturally push you forward. The lessons I’ve learned from this is that a) technique is very important, but b) even with good technique, there are a few surfaces which are just too horrid to run on barefoot.
That release pushes us up and forward – unless we make an effort to push ourselves, which negates the spring effect. Yes, you can learn the basics from my book, this website, or others, but no one outside of your body can do the fine tuning, and even we ourselves can’t fine tune our technique without being able to feel exactly how our bare soles are interacting with the ground beneath them.
Occasionally, when running I’m also looking up the gravel as this really enforces one to really relax and improve technique. So when walking or running, if one forgets what we have learned while wearing shoes, (or when a bit intoxicated), one simply moves the body in the direction we wish to travel, and (hopefully) the feet will keep up. My course is undulating, and on the steeper uphill bits I can still get the sensation of falling forwards with no push off. Then as the foot is trailing behind the body, make an effort to lift the whole foot, not just the heels. My ankles started to feel sore then I relaxed the calves, bent the knees, and the sore ankle pain disappeared immediately.
Our sensitive bare soles not only are tough enough for natural use (and running barefoot IS NATURAL!), they also have the good senses, literally, to moderate our tendency to abuse them. Enjoy cos I’ve started running up and down hills which is hard to avoid frictional forces on the down slopes.
Which is another reason you don’t need to try to toughen the skin, since this will create an imbalance that may encourage you to continue running more than your technique or muscles, bones, ligaments, etc.
I have also been more aware of my hips being more flexible and aiding a bit in my performance.



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