Around 2009 there began a fad from the running community towards barefoot running. The fad was to dispose of the supportive and shock absorbing running shoes as they were considered the reason for much of the overuse injuries that runners had been getting. The fad was supported and touted by a lot of so-called gurus, web sites, community forums and also books. It was heavily offered as the response to a lot of the problems that runners faced. It was projected that as much as around one fourth of all runners dabbled with the concept of barefoot or minimalist running at that time. Regardless of all the rhetoric and claims made for barefoot running, the science and research did not back up these claims which were being made. For most of those runners that tried it, the advantages did not materialise, and so they returned to running as to what they were previously used to be running in. Runners eventually lost interest in it and in spite of all the hype and the amount of promotion which was given to it, the trend started falling off by end of 2014 and these days it seldom rates a mention with the exception of historical terms and also by a small dedicated few that still do it and continue to encourage for it.
The fad did encourage plenty of barefoot running shoes that is a bit of a contradiction because how could you be barefoot and still have athletic shoes. Nevertheless, these athletic shoes during the time were designed to be so minimal and also have little shock absorption just like the conventional running shoes. These were genuinely simply protective covering of the foot. It was assumed that when by using these kinds of shoes that they are as close as you could get to running barefoot whilst still utilizing some kind of running shoe. There were a great deal of new entrants in to the athletic shoes market within the back of this trend as the traditional running shoe corporations were relatively slow to react to the progress in the industry. The original running shoe businesses did react with increased minimalist shoes at that time. Since then many of the new entrants have left the marketplace and the range of barefoot running shoes supplied by the larger athletic shoes businesses are already drastically reduced as the interest in these shoes have fallen to the magnitude that they at this point comprise much less than 1% with the running shoe market.
Though there is no longer much interest, if any, in barefoot running shoes, there's a legacy that the novelty leaves on the market. Runners are more conscious about the various design features in running shoes for example the amount of cushioning and the height of the padded heel. There are some of the minimalist design features that have been incorporated into the more traditional running shoes. All the different athletic shoes currently on the market is currently much more extensive ranging from the minimal end to the more padded maximalist end of the spectrum. There is no doubt that the fad has left a legacy.