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Pretty Strong: Merrell Aims to Solve the Female Barefoot Riddle

Mar 6, 2012 | 3 Comments

Sometime last year, Emily Snayd (a friend from Merrell and a crazy-fast runner) started asking me questions about women and barefoot.  Specifically, why aren’t there more women running barefoot and in minimalist shoes?  She had made the transition and was posting shockingly fast times.  She clearly saw the benefit, but noticed the barefoot community consisted of far more men than women.

I didn’t have a great answer.  I had a few theories, but they came from my […]

Events Worth Doing

Mar 3, 2012 | No Comments

Just a quick note from the road- here are two events worth checking out if you’re even remotely close to the respective areas.  I know both race organizers and each should be absolutely awesome!

Boston Barefoot Running Festival, April- 14-15.  The event will feature a symposium with Ken Bob, Michael Sandler, Irene Davis, Theresa Withee, Daniel Howell, and James Stoxon, and a timed 5k.  Celebrity barefoot runners Preston Curtis and Theresa Withee are organizing the […]

Details of Pacific NW Clinics

Feb 28, 2012 | 9 Comments

Here are the final details for the Merrell Bareform clinics over the next few days:

Wednesday, February 29th:

Super Jock and Jill- 7210 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle WA 98115, 8:45-9:45am
Born to Run- 213 Yale St. , Seattle, 6:30pm

Thursday, March 1st: Foot Traffic Group Run, 824 Southwest 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204, 5:30pm
Saturday, March 3rd: Clinic in Boise – Shu’s Idaho Running Company, 1758 W. State St., Boise, ID 83702, 7:30 trail run, 10k at 9am, clinic at store following runs

If […]

Barefoot Runners Society Update and West Coast Tour

Feb 25, 2012 | 14 Comments

Here’s an update on the state of the Barefoot Runners Society.  The team that has been managing the site and organization are in the process of setting up the new site.  There are two significant hurdles:

The old hosting software (Drupal) sucked, which was a frequent complaint.  Unfortunately it is difficult to move anything from Drupal (further demonstrating its suckiness quotient).  It was important to everyone to preserve all member forum and blog posts.  I was originally in favor […]

Minimalist “Barefoot” Casual Shoes: Why Don’t We Have More Options?

Feb 4, 2012 | 20 Comments

“Can you recommend a pair of casual or business minimalist shoes?”

I get this question at least once every week.  There aren’t too many options.  Merrell made the Tough Glove.  Vivo has a good few models.  The new Stems are good options.  A few non-minimalist companies produce workable solutions.  But for the most part, the market is still barren.

I’ve always wondered why.  After all, there’s A LOT of demand.  Once people make the switch to […]

What is Nike Up To?

Feb 3, 2012 | 14 Comments

It appears as though Nike is finally making a little noise in the minimalist market, starting with a “transition” version of the Free.  Rumor has it they’re going to be releasing a 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm drop shoe with the idea that people will be able to transition down from high-heeled shoes to minimal shoes.

It would seem my “Nike hypothesis” is coming to fruition.  According to another source within a major online running shoe retailer, online sales numbers for […]

Southern California Clinics, Susan G. Komen, and BRU

Feb 2, 2012 | 9 Comments

Multiple news post time!

Bareform Clinics!

First, we finally have the dates and times for our next two Southern California clinics:

Saturday, February 25th from 10-2 @ Running Skirts flagship store, 676 2nd Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 230-8187
Sunday, February 26th (morning, exact time to be announced) @ Pt. Magu State Park as part of the Malibu Day and Midnight Madness event (I think we’re doing a course preview).  I’ve heard multiple people say the half […]

Very Tentative 2012 Schedule of Clinics, Races, and Events

Jan 31, 2012 | 14 Comments

We’ve been working on our schedule for about a month.  It looks like we have a pretty good grasp on the tentative schedule.  The exact , time, and location of clinics will be announced here, on Facebook, and on Twitter.  Additional clinics will be added as we get closer to the events or races.  This is what it looks like as of right now:

Series of clinics in Southern California, Northern California, Seattle, Boise, and Portland (tentative, […]