There isn’t just one definition of natural running. What it means to Topo, or to you, may be different, based on your experience as a runner. We’ll get into that later. For now, let’s start with the basics, from Topo’s perspective.
Does this mean we should all run barefoot? Sure, that would be great, and some people can. But, for most of us, it’s not always practical. Besides having been in shoes our whole lives, we also have a desire for warmth, comfort, and protection.
So, we had an idea: Let’s create a shoe that lets your foot be a foot, but also offers comfort and protection. Let’s make it roomy in the toe box, so your toes can splay naturally for balance, control, and arch activation. Let’s keep the platform flat or mostly flat, so your foot lands, loads and distributes impact more normally. And, let’s make it with different levels of comfort and protection so runners can transition toward a more natural state gradually, without dramatically altering their training. At Topo, we call this the intersection of primal and practical, the evolution of natural running.
Natural running relies on a healthy body that is mobile, stable, and strong. Even before you put on a pair of Topos, you should learn about your own underlying biomechanics. If your body mechanics are misaligned, there isn’t any shoe that will come to your rescue. For us, the mission is simple: offer education and resources that help runners become stronger and more mobile, then back it up with shoes that will help you find your most natural state of running.
We’re often reminded by our users that natural running transcends footwear. It’s about how you feel, that sensation of your body working in unison and feeling connected to the world.
“At Topo, we call this the intersection of primal and practical, the evolution of natural running.”