Benefits of Minimalist Footwear with Grant Campbell aka Raw Aussie Athlete
When I think of super inspiring ultra endurance athletes I think of Grant Campbell aka the Raw Aussie Athlete. He has completed more than 70 ultra marathons, has run across England and is planning a 900 km run across the Pyreneese trail in 2020.
All of this in Minimalist Footwear…
I have had so much benefit from minimalist footwear and barefoot walking / running that I knew I wanted to do a video and couldn’t think of a better person to do it with.
In this video Grant shares his experience and expertise around minimalist footwear sharing the benefits, mechanics and basic technique of running barefoot and / or using minimalist footwear for injury prevention / healing and optimal performance!
I hope you LOVE the Video 🙂
Check out Grant’s YouTube Channel Here for more tips and tricks on running as well as some other epic videos!
Both Grant and I have experienced major injuries to our arches and feet over our years as athletes. Interesting both of us have also gone through the gamut of trying different types of footwear, seeing specialists and getting expensive custom orthotics to try to “crutch” the arch and place the foot back into a more anatomically correct / advantageous position. The trouble with this treatment, much like many treatments, is that it doesn’t look to the cause or to correcting the issue at hand, rather it bandaids it. Just like a true crutch for a broken leg there can be a time and place for that extra support, that said when relied on for a long period of time the muscles need to foster the bodies own strength and support start to atrophy and get weaker and weaker.
The old saying, the value of a crutch is knowing when to let it go, what once supports in time cripples.
Grant and I both have learnt from first hand experience as well as research and others testimony that the benefits of being barefoot more often and using minimalist shoes for walking, running and many sports go further than most would realize. It must be mentioned that the approach to transition to using minimalist and barefoot shoes, especially if you are used to custom orthotics / wearing shoes all the time / have ankle / foot injuries, is best described as slow and steady. Starting with time in the house, on grass, soft dirt, slowly progressively adding more time in them and barefoot to give your muscles ligaments and tendons time to adjust. Both Grant and I jumped right in and went for a decent run the first time using minimalist footwear and found ourselves sore for longer than necessary. It is not a race and I would not recommend jumping right into a race for the first time using minimalist footwear.
Taking the slow and steady approach, growing slowly over time in terms of duration wearing and distance walked / jogging / running in minimalist footwear, can result in increased foot strength, reduced injury / susceptibility to injury, reducing to eliminating join pains and developing a better form when jogging / running. I personally have found minimalist shoes and being barefoot more often has helped me more fully heal from my past ankle, knee and lower back pain. Grant has found the same and also has shaved a ton of time off of his ultra race times, finding that he recovers much faster and uses less energy in the actual races!
I hope you really enjoy the video as we go much deeper into this important topic of the benefits of minimalist and barefoot running including the technique for success, diagrams for proper form and much much more 🙂
Enjoy my Past interview with Grant all about his story and top tips for endurance running
If you are interested in giving barefoot / minimalist footwear a try I Highly Highly recommend Xero Shoes!
I have tried out many brands and have been wearing them almost exclusively for over 10 years, with that I am a proud XERO Hero, Brand Ambassador and Affiliate for
The absolute closest shoes to being barefoot, I absolutely LOVE XERO minimalist sandals and shoes!
Xero shoes are super comfy and have really helped me recover from past knee, ankle and back injuries by improving my biomechanics and overall foot, ankle, and knee strength. With a thinner sole and zero heel drop you can effectively receive reflexology from the ground and all the benefits that come from that!
I’ve tried several other types of minimalist shoes including Vibram, New Balance, Zem Gear, Vivo etc but none really compare to xero shoes both in terms of comfort, durability, low shoe weight and super reasonable price!
While there are tons of styles and colors to choose from in both sandals and closed toed shoes,
My Favourite Sandals that Xero makes is the Amuri Cloud starting at just $49.95!
They are super comfy, easy to slip on, stay in place and are perfect for everyday use, for running short or long distances.
Yes these are actually Running Sandals / Huarache!
Honourable Mention to the DIY Feel True Sandal Kit starting at $19.95 – $29.95 as well as the Z-Trek!
All Xero Shoes come with a 5000 mile Warranty!
My two Favorite Vegan Minimalist Casual Shoes from Xero Shoes are the
Both of these are sturdy enough to run, play and even hike in but also stylish and comfortable enough to do almost anything else in as well!
My favourite Xero Athletic Shoes are the Prio!
These super comfortable zero heel drop minimalist fitness shoes are vegan, super lightweight, ultra comfortable and fully machine washable!!
I feel so blessed to share that after more than a decade of wearing xero (formally Invisible shoes), buying them for my family and later becoming a proud affiliate, I am now also a Xero Hero, meaning I am an ambassador for Xero Shoes and get to try out new samples and give even more feedback to create better and better minimalist footwear with them!
With Xero Shoes you get the natural feel of walking / running barefoot – just like being a kid again – with the added protection of a shoe!
I hope you love them as Much as I do! 🙂
Speaking of awesomeness, Grant and I filmed this video at the Amazing
Coming together in community at amazing events like this is truly priceless. Fruit Festivals provide the real opportunity to connect, reflect, learn and grow with others on the same path and from those who have come to thrive long term physically mentally and spiritually as raw foodists. I really enjoyed my time at the Canada fruit Fest, am looking forward to the 2020 festival and hope to see you there 🙂
Last but certainly not least,
I just did a Major Update on my Raw Recipes App!
This app update is huge and includes newly added books (Cravings Busters Classics FREE, Naturally Rawsome Dressings, and Frickin Rawsome Pizza) over 100 free recipes, 40+ recipe videos and a easier to use format to make finding recipes and applying the tenets of holistic health easier than ever!
PS the Android version will be live on the Google Play App Store within 24 -48 hours of my posting this, simply look for “The Raw Advantage Raw Recipes” and it will pop up!!
I really hope you enjoy the app, I will update and add the Android link when its available 🙂
Wishing you Much