TK’s founder started using these shoes a few years ago and now seldom runs in anything else:
From around the age of 13 I until around 35, I suffered frequent knee pain, which was incredibly frustrating.
Around 4 years ago I started training Maasai direct from the bush to climb as porters on Kilimanjaro. I required them to run 8 miles with 25 kg bags in 1 hour 35 minutes – which is pretty arduous.
What I noticed is that of the batch of 83 Maasai that I invited to live with me in my garden and whom I trained with 5 days a week, not a single Maasai ever suffered from knee or ankle pain or injuries.
I contrasted this with the fact that when training with the UK’s Parachute Regiment in the late 1990’s, our OC reported that in excess of 50% of our platoon spent time being back-squadded into a remedial platoon for rehabilitation, primarily because of lower limb injuries.
Paratroopers are issued with padded training shoes that are supposedly designed to absorb shock from the heel strike. Maasai warriors wear sandals made out of dense tyres from motorbikes.
As a Brit I had always followed the trend in the UK for wearing Nike Air trainers – usually Triax or Pegasus. These raise the ankle and cause the runner to heel strike.
After working with the Maasai I changed my attitude towards running shoes, and looked for something with nil shock absorption and which kept my ankle as close as possible to the ground.
In spite of suffering knee pain every single year from 13 to 35, since starting to wear these shoes I have never suffered ankle or knee pain, and in spite of getting older, my running time has come down by 1 minute 15 seconds per mile when running on flat ground.
This piece of kit has made the greatest difference to my physical integrity and fitness of any equipment I use.
Transitioning to running in shoes like this should be done slowly over a period of around 6 weeks, otherwise you’ll strain your calves.
Begin by walking casually in them in the first week, run a mile only in the second week, 3 times a week, and slowly. From the third week increase your speed and distance slightly, until eventually in week 6 or thereabouts, you’ll have replaced entirely your old trainers with these.
- Rubber sole
- Trail running shoe for the barefoot runner featuring bungee lacing and multidirectional lug design for grip
- Molded 3D COCOON nylon mesh midsole for lightweight “rock block” protection
- Wave grip outsole
- Zero Drop
- Two different color to choose from – Black and Grey/Orange