ESPN Poll Suggests 1 in 3 Would Run Barefoot

ESPN recently conducted an informal poll asking:

A recent theory in the running world proposes that running without shoes is better for you. Would you consider running barefoot?

The result? The average from coast-to-coast shows 34% would give it a try…

Below are the results from over 6,000 respondents across the country.¬†Quite promising data despite nearly 40 years of ‘shoe technology’ marketing. More detail (per State) after the jump.

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6 Responses to “ESPN Poll Suggests 1 in 3 Would Run Barefoot”

  1. Neil
    August 4, 2009 at 8:13 am #

    Its nice to see that at least 1/3 of people are willing to try. But at the same time sad that 2/3 of the US aren’t even willing to give it a shot! But such is the life of a close minded person.

  2. Casey
    August 6, 2009 at 11:14 pm #

    Yay for Montana! My home state, politically conservative, athletically progressive, who knew?! Course, the sample is really small, but still…

  3. Tavis
    November 17, 2009 at 3:31 pm #

    Interestingly, Montana is the state where John Colter made his famous run, barefoot and naked, to escape from 5-600 armed Blackfoot indians, covering 300 miles with no shoes!

  4. April 25, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

    Okay, I can’t stomach barefoot on the pavement… especially when you’re in a hot area and it feels like running on hot coal. On the flip side, barefoot on the beach or grass sounds super. So I’d probably get down to the beach or the park on the grass.
    Mark Martinez,
    Testing out hypergain like the energizer bunny

  5. Joe Kunzler
    August 29, 2010 at 9:59 am #

    I began running barefoot about to months ago. I got rid of to constant pains in the my foot and runners knee on my left leg

    • Bertha White
      June 11, 2012 at 7:47 pm #


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