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Branca Leather Sandal Review

Aug 30, 2011 | 2 Comments

By Jesse Scott

BRU Staff Writer

Running is a simple activity. Throw on some shorts(or not), some shoes(or not), and head out the door. In recent years, people have begun to re-question the merits of cushioned running shoes and expensive gadgets. Ironically, this paradigm shift toward the basics has brought about a myriad of choices to sift through. Vibram Fivefingers, NB’s minimus, Merrell’s Barefoot line, and countless other styles of footwear have surfaced to cater to those Read More...

First Look! Merrell Barefoot Spring 2012 Lineup: [insert favorite expletive here]

Jul 25, 2011 | 30 Comments

Being a blogger is a cool gig.  Most of the time.  You get to meet interesting people, let your voice be heard, even score some free swag.

Sometimes being a blogger blows.  By our very nature, we share knowledge and news.  Let’s face it- we’re the gossip queens of the Interwebs.  We’re information whores.  Occasionally we’re given information on one condition- we can’t share until a future date.  That’s when blogging isn’t so fun.

Enter Read More...

Somnio Nada Review

Jun 8, 2011 | 5 Comments

By Jesse Scott, BRU Staff Writer

I was approached to review the Somnio Nada. I had only known of Somnio for their array of customizable running shoes I saw advertised in triathlon media. I always thought the idea was interesting, but it kind of goes against my views on complicated footwear. Nevertheless, the company seemed to be truly searching to make a high quality product to help their customers.

Disclaimer: I tested Read More...

Dr. Craig Richards: A Call For Independent Shoe Testing

Jun 7, 2011 | 21 Comments

This is a quickly-developing story.  The details are a bit sketchy, but the news was too exciting to pass up.

Recently Zero Drop posted a quote from Simon Bartold of Asics.  This led to a spirited debate, which was continued on Runblogger.  I mentioned the debate in my last post.

As a result of these debates, Dr. Craig Richards of Hunter Gait and co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Barefoot Read More...

Injinji No-Show Performance Lightweight Toe Sock Review

Jun 3, 2011 | 8 Comments

I hate socks!!!

There, I had to get that out of the way.

It’s not just because I’m a barefoot runner.  To me, socks feel even more constrictive than shoes.  They hug your foot, get sweaty, and are generally annoying.  If I had a choice, I would never wear socks.

Except for Injinjis.

The idea of separating your toes is genius.  While the socks still hug your feet and get Read More...

Hoka One One Mafate First Look… No, This Is Not A Joke…

Apr 20, 2011 | 8 Comments

The Hoka One One Mafate.  Okay, I know it is unusual for a barefoot/minimalist shoe runner to review a shoe that appears to be the polar opposite of a minimalist shoe.  Quite honestly, I’m not sure why I wanted to test this shoe.  My interest was piqued when Jesse Scott tried the shoe and reported it “…wasn’t as bad as I expected.”  Part of the motivation comes from my science background- I always want to Read More...

Patagonia Advocate Review

Apr 18, 2011 | One Comment

[The following review was written by BRU writer Christian Peterson.  The shoes were provided by our friends at Planet Shoes, which offers an incredible selection of eco-friendly and minimalist shoes.  If you're shopping for new shoes, check them out!  If you want to read more of Christian's stuff, check out his blog The Maple Grove Barefoot Guy.]

Hello again BRU students.  For those who don’t remember me, what the hell is wrong with you!  I Read More...

Merrell Barefoot Kids Review (Pace and Trail Glove)

Apr 15, 2011 | 8 Comments

Here’s a situation that pops up all too often.  You try running barefoot and/or in minimalist shoes.  You see that you’ve been encasing your feet in cushioned foot coffins since your youth and your feet have suffered.  You don’t want your children to suffer the same fate, so you begin investigating the available options.  Much to your surprise, the kids’ minimalist shoe market is virtually non-existent.

Until now.

Merrell is on the brink of releasing their Barefoot Kids line of Read More...