Strange looking footwear benefits fitness enthusiasts

Barefoot or minimalist running has grown in popularity over the last few years.

There has always been the concern as to how to run barefoot safely, especially in urban areas.

In the summer of 2011, 21-year old Kaitlin Lawrence purchased her first pair of Vibram Five Fingers shoes from Mountain Equipment Co-op in Calgary. Lawrence, a fourth- year accounting student at Mount Royal University, works out at the University’s Recreation Centre, where she is also employed as fitness coordinator.

Calgary Journal reporter Samara Hawkins looks into the appeal behind these strange strange shoes.

Produced by: Samara Hawkins

shawkins@cjournalnewsdesk.ca