BOOK REVIEW: The Barefoot Running Book by Jason Robillard

BOOK: The Barefoot Running Book

AUTHOR: Jason Robillard

Review by Buffer Boesch

The main theme of “The Barefoot Running Book” centers around the why and how of running barefoot. The author Jason Robillard comes across as very knowledgeable and experienced on the topic.

The Why

The author begins by covering the current scientific evidence regarding the benefits of running barefoot. I found reading these statistics and studies a little bland. This is probably because I am already a barefoot runner (part-time), and I have already experienced the benefits firsthand. However, if you ever find yourself needing to defend your choice of letting your little piggies free, this book contains some useful facts to support your argument.

Thankfully, the book does mention what I believe to be the most fundamental reason to go barefoot: Because it’s fun. It also does a terrific job touching on the spiritual and emotional pleasure one experiences by being in nature, doing what nature designed you to do.

The How

In this section, the author explains how to start running barefoot correctly. According to him, because most of us have spent years wearing cushioned, “protective” shoes, a transition to barefoot running is not something to be taken lightly. The process is done by following a series of drills and exercises. All are designed to teach proper foot strike, posture, breathing and technique. The chapters are well laid out and take the reader from absolute beginner to an advanced barefoot runner.

Other Topics

The book also tackles many other topics that would be beneficial to any type of runner, such as training plans, nutrition, gear, racing, race reports, etc.


I was skeptical about reading an instructional book about doing something as natural as running barefoot. To me, a book based on how to go barefoot seemed ridiculous. After reading the book, admittedly, I did gain a certain amount of knowledge and I would recommend it to anyone beginning barefoot running. However, if you’re already doing it, your time would be better spent on the trails.

Buffer Boesch is world-travelling runner and adventurer. You can read more about his adventures on his blog at Wicked Lost.

** Jason is now offering his book as a FREE ebook download. You can get it HERE. **

2 responses

  1. I have just completed reading this book myself (last night, in fact). Not to be contrary to Buffer, but I found the statistical portion of the book very interesting. Granted this may be due to my personality, which is analytical in nature, but I also found it interesting because I find, as a barefoot runner, one has to constantly listen to comments (sometimes negative) from the shod runners in the world that are not only ignorant in terms of barefoot running, but also generous in the number of comments they like to share. This section gave me some very good ammunition with which, not necessarily to retort, but to educate.

    Also, while I agree with Buffer that barefoot running is natural, unfortunately it is not something most people do correctly on their own. Too many people have been taught (or self-taught) how to run incorrectly because they wear shoes and can do so. I think it’s very important for books such as this or Barefoot Ken Bob’s (another I’ve just about completed) to be consumed to help those interested in making the transition to barefoot running. While natural, there are an immense amount of variables that go into “re-learning” our natural form of running.

  2. Yeah I kinda agree with the post.

    I am looking to get into barefoot running, but I am amazed that someone can write a book on the subject and then find people to buy it.

    Does it go:

    Once footwear has been successfully removed, begin running. The end.

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