It seems that the march of the barefoot runner is gaining a momentum that is hard to resist. Minimalist shoes appear to be the latest celebrity accessory both home and away with reports that movie star Scarlett Johansson has been spotted out running in Los Angeles with boyfriend Sean Penn sporting a pair of bright pink Vibram FiveFingers.
This follows recent reports in scottishrunningguide.com that River City's Reanne Farley (who plays the role of Annie Sobacz) had converted to the striking Vibram model. Reanne was one of the River City team who completed last weekend's ADT Edinburgh Half Marathon, finishing in a time of 2:12.
The growing numbers of naturalist running advocates believe that striking the ground with your midfoot provides greater shock absorption than heel striking, and puts less strain on calf muscles and Achilles tendons. And that one of the benefits of running barefoot or with a minimalist running shoe is that it encourages you to improve your gait and posture. Looks like it's working for Scarlett and Reanne.