Barefoot running shoes that have become a new trend in the last few years started out as means to an end. It was actually never intended for anyone else but me – all I wanted was a shoe that would allow me to play tennis without risking twisted ankles. Some barefoot runners may ask, “Why bother with shoes at all if they are injuring your ankles?”. But seriously, imagine if I had turned up at a tennis tournament without shoes on. People would have laughed, and I think the referee would have had something to say too. I didn’t want that kind of attention. So the first barefoot shoes were thus created for my tennis matches which I played in London during 2000. They also made good running shoes for my jogs around Hyde Park.
I recently spoke at the launch of my dad’s new book “Change your posture – Change your life”, which has a chapter about how shoes effect posture. Here’s a video of my 10 minute talk: