There are a ton of great books out there about running, both barefoot and shod. It can be very hard to sift through the good and bad ones, so to make life easier, here’s a list of the must-read books on the subject that I’ve read and recommend.
The Barefoot Running Book is a classic among books on the topic. It’s an excellent resource to have on your shelf and a book that can be re-read as you get more experienced.
The latest edition of the Barefoot Running Book is a huge improvement over the previous editions, and well worth picking up. Entertaining, informative, and un-put-downable, it’s the perfect ‘next book’ to read after Born To Run. See full review here.
Barefoot Running Step By Step by Ken Bob Saxton and Roy Wallack
This is the long-awaited book by the guru of barefoot running, Barefoot Ken Bob. It is chock full of pictures and is guaranteed to make you want to throw your shoes away and go for a barefoot run!
Born To Run by Christopher McDougall
The book that sparked the barefoot running revolution. If you haven’t read this book yet, pick it up and read it. It’s excellent.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Barefoot Running by Dr Craig Richards
This book is pretty much what it says it is. Very simple, clear instructions on how to run barefoot. Well worth a read if you’re just starting out.
A great introductory ebook that covers the basics of barefoot running as well as some great tips on running form and posture. Also available at
CHI Running by Danny Dreyer
Chi running is the book that taught me how to run. It explains in simple terms how to improve your running form, and is a remarkable resource.
Tread Lightly by Bill Katovsky and Peter Larsen
A well-written, comprehensive book on running. Best read by more experienced runners, it privides a wealth of knowledge on running form, among other topics.
Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness by Scott Jurek
Scott Jurek is one of the world’s foremost ultramarathoner. In this autobiographical account, he talks about some of his greatest races, training methods and vegan diet (recipes included at the end of each chapter!). One of the best books about running long distance I’ve ever read.
Chi Walking by Danny Dreyer
From the guy who brought us Chi Running, this is a book about learning how to walk safely and deliberately. It’s not specifically geared towards barefooting, but works very well for walking without shoes.