Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s been almost four years to the day since I last reviewed a minimalist shoe. Well, it’s not that hard to believe considering I more or less stopped running and live in a climate that allows flip-flops to be worn 365 days per year. Anyway, Steven Sashen of Xero Shoes recently reached out to me about reviewing their new closed-toe shoe – the Hana. Since I’ve been looking to upgrade my wardrobe […]
Back in the day, quite a few of us used huaraches as our primary running shoe. The other minimal options were piss-poor at best- racing flats, the first generation of Five Fingers, aqua socks, and bare feet. Racing flats were too narrow, VFFs had a peculiar fit that couldn’t accommodate swelling, aqua socks were too floppy, and bare feet suck for real trail running.
Huaraches were a revelation because they allowed a custom fit. That versatility made […]
Merrell’s idea behind the M-Connect lineup is to produce a line of shoes that meets the needs of as wide of an audience as possible while still maintaining the basic principles of minimalism. The result is an increase in specialization of specific models from one generation to the next. The […]
Innovation in the shoe marketplace doesn’t happen very often. I’ve been reviewing minimalist shoes for somewhere around seven years. During those seven years, precious few shoes have stood out as being truly innovative game-changers.
The original Vibram KSO– it was the first minimalist shoe that actually fit the shape of the foot.
The Terra Plana Vivobarefoot EVO– it was the first good minimalist shoe without separated toes that was designed for running.
The New Balance MT10– it was […]
The Mix Master Move (M3… my special code for the shoe) is the second of my Merrell M-Connect reviews. The idea behind the lineup is to produce a line of shoes that meet the needs of every aspect of the minimalist market. The last shoe I reviewed, the Proterra, is a lightweight hiking shoe. By contrast, the M3 is a road shoe. Specifically, I would classify it as a “transition” shoe that would […]
The first shoe I’ll review in the 2013 Merrell M-Connect lineup is the Proterra. It’s a shoe designed for hiking. My hiker friends tell me the minimalist movement has trickled down to the hiking world. Lightweight boots and shoes are replacing the thick, heavy boots that were once synonymous with hiking. Features like 12″ of ankle support, 4″ lugs, and 24 ounce weight are being replaced by light, fast designs. Just like the running […]
A few days ago I had a conversation with friends about the running shoe industry. Several people had been expressing frustration about the ever-changing landscape of shoes. Some people had their favorite models discontinued by a particular manufacturer. The “update” made the shoe significantly worse. The motivation for a new model clearly wasn’t to make a better product; the motivation was to get a different product to the market. It’s an all-too-common strategy among many shoe manufacturers.
The end of the year always brings about the opportunity to reflect on the past year and plan for the next. As you can probably tell by the tone of my last few posts here and over at The Sexpressionists, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting lately. Our traveling journey over the previous year and a half resulted in a ton of amazing experiences and some great personal growth. We’re enjoying our “down” time right now, but […]