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Barefoot shoes for running, walking, working and exploring

Jason Robillard

Jason Robillard is a modern-day explorer seeking new running adventures with his wife and three children.  He is also a vocal supporter of barefoot running and the idea that physical movement should be fun.  His advocate work involves writing for publications such as Ultrarunning Magazine, Natural Awakenings,, and his own website Barefoot Running University.  Jason is also the author of the aptly-named how-to guide, “The Barefoot Running Book,” routinely conducts barefoot running clinics, and was a founding member of The Barefoot Runners Society.

Jason was employed as a professional educator from 1999 to 2011.  In the summer of 2011, Jason and his family donated their belongings and began traveling around the United States to teach others about barefoot running, good form, and abandoning the common boring, uninspired lifestyle and living your ideal life.  He also has begun working as a minimalist shoe consultant for the outdoor industry, which has included developing educational materials for Merrell.

Jason Robillard is an Education Advisor to the Natural Running Center

Our brains have an amazing ability to create a ‘cognitive map’ of our surroundings.  When running, we’re able to map out the nuances of the terrain anywhere from several feet to a hundred yards in front of us.  With practice, you will begin to develop ‘eye-foot’ coordination that allows you to instantly find the best spot to place each step. Being barefoot or wearing minimalist shoes allows another significant advantage.  Your sense of proprioception, or body position, increases.  If you step on uneven terrain, your body will recognize it and react appropriately before your body weight could cause an injury.  Since I began barefoot and minimalist shoe running, I have not experienced the bane of trail runners- twisted ankles.

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