Friday, 30 March 2012

Class-action suit against Vibram

Sports One Source report a class-action suit against Vibram USA,
  • The lawsuit asserts that; 1) health benefits claims Vibram FiveFingers has used to promote the shoes are deceptive; 2) that FiveFingers may increase injury risk as compared to running in conventional running shoes, and even when compared to running barefoot; 3) that there are no well-designed scientific studies that support FiveFingers claims.
I can't help thinking that point three applies to most modern sportswear products, cosmetics and, to be honest, the pharmaceutical industry.  The irony here is that V5Fs force runners to adopt a more 'evolutionary concordant' forefoot strike.  The product is sold with cautionary materials emphasising this point and offering guidance, but for some people somewhere, "..SOMEONE MUST PAY BECAUSE I HURT MYSELF!"  Sales of V5F have grown 300% a year for the last 5 years, so we should follow the money on this one.

I've achieved ultimate paleo-wanker status in that I often train completely barefoot.  My V5Fs are reserved for wild terrain, but much of my training is physically barefoot.

I await the day some train-wreck of a fat person with metabolic syndrome sues a water company for recommending they eschew 'DietSugarCrap' in favour of a glass of water.  No doubt Mr Trainwreck will injure himself/nearly drown during the the transition...and those bastards in hydrology will be forced to pay....

Baise moi.

2 comments:

purposelessness said...

Fwiw, i have seen plenty of people heel striking in minimalist shoes. Boggles my mind...

Asclepius said...

How the hell do you persist with a heel strike in minimalist shoes? Shows how much a lifetime of bad technique can inure you to damaging form.