Around 2009 there started a craze from the running community in the direction of barefoot running. The trend was to do away with the arch supporting and padded athletic shoes since they were considered the reason for many of the injuries which runners have been getting. The fad was backed and touted by a lot of so-called gurus, internet sites, discussion boards and books. It was greatly endorsed as being the response to a lot of the issues that runners faced. It was believed that as much as around a quarter of all runners dabbled with the notion of barefoot or minimalist running at the time. Despite all the rhetoric and boasts made for barefoot running, the science and research failed to back up these claims which were being made. For most of these athletes which ever done it, the benefits failed to materialise, and so they returned to running as to what they were previously used to be exercising in. Runners gradually dropped fascination with it and in spite of all the media hype and also the amount of promotion which was given to it, the trend started falling by end of 2014 and these days it hardly gets a mention except in historic terms and also by a small dedicated few that still undertake it and try to strongly recommend for this.

The trend did stimulate plenty of barefoot running shoes which is a little bit of an oxymoron since how will you be barefoot and have running shoes. Nevertheless, these kinds of running shoes at the time were designed to be so minimal and also have little cushioning like the traditional running shoes. They were really simply protective covering of the foot. It was believed that when by using these types of shoes that they are as close as you could get to running barefoot while still utilizing some kind of running shoe. There have been a great deal of new companies in to the athletic shoes market within the back of this trend as the standard running shoe businesses were relatively slow to respond to the change in the industry. The conventional athletic shoes companies did react with additional minimalist shoes at the time. Since that time several of the new brands have left the market and the selection of barefoot running shoes offered by the larger running shoe businesses have been considerably reduced since the interest in these shoes have fallen to the extent that they today make up much less than 1% with the running shoe market.

Though there isn't any longer much attention, if any, in barefoot running shoes, there is a legacy how the craze leaves on the industry. Runners are certainly more conscious about the different design attributes in running shoes for example the amount of cushioning as well as the elevation with the shock absorbing heel. There are some of the minimalist design features that have been incorporated into the more traditional running shoes. All the various athletic shoes currently available on the market is currently much more comprehensive ranging from the minimal end up to the more cushioned maximalist end of the range. It is obvious that the craze has left a legacy.