Shoespiracy, was made in collaboration with the some of the biggest brains connected to feet and barefoot science today, including professors, doctors, bio-mechanists, movement experts, opinion formers and cobblers.  


Dr. Irene Davis, Director of the Spaulding National Running Center, Spaulding Hospital, Cambridge and visiting Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School, USA

Dr. Davis has been studying the relationship between lower extremity structure, mechanics and injury in runners for the past 20 years. A renowned researcher and clinician, Dr. Davis is known in running communities as "The Barefoot Running Professor" for her advocacy and innovative work for barefoot and minimal footwear running.

Dr Davis published a study earlier this year that shows your feet get stronger if you walk in barefoot or minimal shoes. Read it here


Catherine Willems PhD, Director of Future Footwear Foundation at KASK, School of Arts, Ghent, Belgium

Future Footwear Foundation was developed by Catherine Willems as part of her doctoral research at the School of Arts (KASK) of University College Ghent, Belgium. Its aim is to promote understanding of human locomotion and sustainable footwear for body and environment by studying and working with indigenous cobblers.

See more about her work here


Mike Friton, Nike designer of the Presto and other famous Nike shoes

Mike Friton is a freelance shoemaker and innovator with over 30 years of experience at Nike. He left the shoe giant in 2011 to launch his own footwear prototype enterprise – Friton Design. 

Read more about him here


Charlie Dark, Musician, Yoga Teacher & founder of Run Dem Crew

Charlie Dark is a self-professed man of many talents who lends his hand to everything from DJ-ing and producing, to teaching poetry, moonlighting as a Yoga teacher and of course, running. A pioneering figure in the world of alternative running groups, his London-based team Run Dem Crew has gathered hundreds of members since its beginnings in 2007.

Join his running movement 

The making of this short film wouldn’t have been possible without the contributions of the incredible people named below and for that, we would like to say a huge thank you!  

Prof. Dan Lieberman, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University.

Daniel Lieberman is a professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard and has published numerous studies about why the human body looks and behaves the way it does. One of his current areas of study is the advantages of barefoot running.

Read more about Professor Lieberman here 


Dr Emily Splichal, CEO/Founder Evidence Based Fitness Academy, Podiatrist and Functional movement specialist.

As a Podiatrist, Human Movement Specialist and Global Leader in Barefoot Science and Rehabilitation, Dr Splichal has developed a keen eye for movement dysfunction and neuromuscular control during gait.

See more about her work here


Chris McDougall, author of Born to Run and Natural Born Heroes

Christopher McDougall is an American author and journalist. He is credited with starting the barefoot-running movement, with the New York Times bestseller Born to Run, which looks at the Tarahumara Indians and their ability to run more than 100 miles in a day. 

Find out more


Dr. Rangan Charterjee, Physician, Star of Doctor in the House and the 4 Pillar Health Plan, Bestselling Author and Podcast Host

A medical doctor with over 16 years’ experience, best known for his work on the 4 Pillars of Health. Dr Rangan Chatterjee is a pioneer in the emerging field of progressive medicine and is changing the way that we look at illness.

You can listen to Dr Chaterjee’s podcast with VIVOBarefoot founder Galahad Clark here –

All opinions in the film are that of the contributors featured