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Barefoot Running Shoes—Good or Bad? As with most fads, once they take hold of the population, their validity is called into question. Does the new method work? Is it effective? Can it really make life better for those using it? These very same questions have finally come to light regarding the newest fad in running, the barefoot style shoe. At first it was cool and interesting enough to grab people’s attention, but now runners are wondering if it is truly beneficial. There’s no doubt that humans are meant to run, and before the advent of shoes, we did so barefoot. But are twenty-first century runners meant to run like cavemen? You be the judge: Pros Improved Balance– With a minimalist