Take a walk in your great, great, great, great, great .... great grandfather’s footsteps.
Back in 1976, a group of Archaeologists in a remote region of Tanzania were letting off steam after a hard day’s digging, by throwing elephant dung at each other. When one of them dived to avoid a flying pachyderm turd they inadvertently landed on something remarkable.
The oldest human footprints ever found. The Laetoli footprints, as they’re known, are believed to be around 3.7 million years old. You have to fast forward about 3.69 million years to find the oldest shoe. Which was more like a glove for the foot than the type of shoes we’re familiar with.
The Modern shoe with a heel, thick sole, cushioning and a narrow toe box didn’t appear until just a few hundred years ago. Created as a fashion statement for the rich. So there’s no shortage of evidence that your feet can cope pretty well without unnecessary padding, support or orthotics. Which is why we don’t use any. Vivos are foot shaped so your feet can move like feet.
They’re wider than the average shoe so you can spread your toes. And our ultra-thin, flat sole offers protection without compromising feel or movement. Allowing your feet to regain their natural spring and flexibility. Sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward.
Christopher McDougall's book, Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen is a story which focuses on the Mexican Indian tribe of the Tarahumara and a journey to their home to run a 50 mile race.Animated summary of the book or refresher if it’s been a [...]
"Medial f#@king collapse, BOOM!" "Everybody pronates, Brian." "Let's burn!" Barefoot Running Club from Enver Gjokaj
At the Native Sport shop a hot debate has ensued between “The Dandy” Stuart Doc Hutcheson and “The Stiffy’ Piers Stephenson over whether “The Flightless-Bird” Duncan Royce is a heel striker or not. Come on!...
We, erm, stumbled across this fun clip of crazy nude skiers. It got us thinking, could such a movement have a place in trail running? We feel it would be irresponsible to just leap in willy nilly, though. Using a Speedo with no less than a 3mm drop to transition might be advisable. What do [...]
Can’t we all just get along? Kelly McGarry on his way to a second place finish at the 2013 Red Bull Rampage.
A fun shod versus barefoot clip. Man, that technique is beautiful! (The barefooter’s is not bad either)… Such an awesome example of why barefoot (natural) running is such a great way to go. Which one looks more natural, smooth, fun and less likely to result in injury? We love natural running!
Bryce Thatcher talks about the benefits of a belt light for trail running [hint it has to do with shadows and depth of field (DOF)]. UltrAspire has released the Lumen 600 and Lumen 170 and Native Sport will get stock imminently. Watch this space and get ready to pre order one of these beauties! We [...]
LAST YEAR, WILDRUNNER’S INAUGURAL RACE THROUGH THE SPECTACULAR MARLOTH NATURE RESERVE close to Swellendam royally lived up to its name, the Marloth Mountain Challenge (MMC), when the fastest solo finisher of the extreme 55km run – with 3500m of vertical height gain and 87% remote mountain hiking trail – came home in 7h17.As race day [...]