As we discuss in Chapter 1 of Tread Lightly, dogs and horses are among the few animals on the planet who can, under the right circumstances, compete with humans in a long distance foot/paw/hoof race. Interestingly enough, they are also among the only other animals who are on occasion found wearing shoes.
Vibram led the early charge toward “barefoot-style” human footwear with it’s Fivefingers line of foot-glove-like shoes. They have gone on to also provide soles for minimalist shoes produced by other footwear manufacturers such as Merrell and New Balance. It was only a matter of time before they realized the potential to exploit the wide-open non-Homo sapiens market.
Enter the Ruffwear Bark’n Boots Grip Trex. Ruffwear states that the “Grip Trex dog boots set the standard in paw wear for dogs who hike, bike, run, or explore the great outdoors with their humans.” And, these canine boots sport a Vibram sole (minus claw-pockets).
Once your dog has it’s little boots on, its ready to run, just like the pooch in the video below!
I do have to admit though, that’s a fine looking pair of shoes, and if they made them in my size, I might even be tempted to give them a go! As for my dogs, aside from maybe when the roads are covered in salt in the winter, I think they’re probably just fine going bare.