How to choose your Slow Jogging shoes?


Humans evolved to run without the assistance of footwear and barefoot running most likely represents our most natural running form.

Unfortunately, most of the modern running shoes, especially those designed for beginners, have a thick sole invented to minimize shocks resulting from landing on the heels. That makes our feet move in a way very different from the running style we evolved to.

Such a construction teaches us to land on the heel and inhibits the instinctive movement.

Slow Jogging in many ways means going back to the running basics and that applies to footwear as well. Simple shoes with thin, elastic soles and a wide toe box, fitting well on the heel, are strongly recommended. The right shoe, often called minimalist or barefoot, actually plays a crucial role in learning the natural technique.

Several years ago Professor Tanaka joined forces with a traditional Japanese shoe maker, Asahi Corporation, to design perfect shoes for Slow Jogging.
He was inspired by Japanese jika-tabi (地下足袋), traditional footwear with a divided toe and rubber soles. Jika-tabi are still commonly used in Japan by construction workers, farmers, gardeners, rickshaw-pullers and other labourers, due to the tough material and heavy-duty but flexible rubber soles they are made from.

Here is the modern version of jika-tabi for runners and joggers they created:

The model designed by Prof. Tanaka has sold out and is not available anymore, but there are many barefoot shoes to choose from at the market, especially in stores online and they are all generally suitable for Slow Jogging.

The model we have been using for a couple of years now and recommend is produced in Poland by Tadeevo and available here:
You can order them online – make sure to use the code “slow jogging” for a small discount and worldwide free delivery.

They have all the features necessary for Slow Jogging and allow your feet the natural,
barefoot-like movements

(One more thing: If you are already a runner and you have always been a heel striker, forefoot might not always feel natural at first. Until it does, jog slowly to be able to focus on the way you land. A great way to learn is running barefoot or in barefoot-style shoes. Once you get used to forefoot striking, you should be able to do it in any kind of shoes.)

And here is our YouTube video:

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