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barefoot running is more beneficial than running with shoes

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 4/6/2011 Category: Sports
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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The benefits of running barefoot have long been supported by scientific research. And there is ample evidence that training without shoes allows you to run faster and farther with fewer injuries.


The benefits of running barefoot have long been supported by scientific research."

First I would like to start off by saying this is a widely un-supported claim. While they're may be some research (obviously not provided by the pro) about how running may be better for some without shoes, this isn't always the case. Maybe for someone who is running a long distance in a grassy area, but for most runners, limitations defeat the purpose of running. Cross country runners enjoy the freedom of being able to run anywhere they please, including rocky areas, where gravel can potentially tear a foot to shreds, and even on soppy wet surfaces where only certain shoes can prevent a disastrous slip.

Shoes provide the option of bigger and better availability for running.

For example, even the scientific study my opponent talks about, doesn't say anything about rocky or bumpy surfaces.

"I mean, I think we have to be really, really careful about what we do and don't know. We have not done any injury studies; this is not an injury study," he (Lieberman) says. That's next.


""Unfortunately, the available surfaces in developed countries such as the United States aren't always suited for this kind of training. "Most runners are out there running on the side of the road or on pavement, under conditions where they really run the risk of stepping on broken glass or nails," Sharkey warned.""

Through the use of shoes, we have developed the ability to maintain the same benefits of running barefoot, with the increased protection under the foot, dis-abling the high rate of injury.

"Nike has developed a lightweight shoe called Free, which is purported to mimic the barefoot experience while still providing a layer of protection. Proponents suggest that the shoe can increase running performance by stimulating the foot's natural strength and flexibility."

We need the technology shoes bring us in order to do certain things. Especially since most Americans and people in other countries have already adapted to the use of shoes. Simply doing away with them for some people wouldn't work, as it would for some people who live in Kenya, where they have adapted to running without shoes their whole lives.

"Humans may be well adapted to running barefoot, but most of us have worn shoes for so long that we've lost some of the ability to run barefoot. I think doing some barefoot running on grass fields can be a great supplement to our training, but for most of us it would require a lot of callousing before we were ready to head out on the trails with no shoes!"

It is for all these reason I urge you to vote in favor of shoes.
Debate Round No. 1


HAtatrah forfeited this round.


My opponent forfeits, so please look to my arguments and vote con. Thankyou.
Debate Round No. 2


HAtatrah forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Cobo 7 years ago
Run on Glass without shoes then see what happens.
Posted by joshizinfamous 7 years ago
Was this just as an outline or is this the debate? Cause 3 rounds isnt enough to have a round like this. at least to me
Posted by socialpinko 7 years ago
Are you going to cite any of that research or just make an unsupported claim?
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Vote Placed by RoyLatham 7 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro made no argument. Con had good sources.