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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 […]

Three Different Takes on Minimalist Shoes

Mar 5, 2012 | 7 Comments

Over the last week, I’ve been traveling throughout the Pacific NW and Mountain West to do a series of Merrell Bareform clinics at various shoe retailers.  It was fascinating to see how different retailers handled minimalist shoes.  Three of the stores were what would be considered “run specialty”, the designation the industry uses to describe stores that cater primarily runners.  One was an online retailer.  The last was a minimalist-only running store.  Here are some thoughts on […]

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 […]

Running Plans for California

Feb 16, 2012 | 20 Comments

California is one of the premier trail running destinations in the world.  Shelly and I are going to try to pack as much running as we can in the roughly two months we have in the state.  Here are the runs we’re planing or considering:

Group run with the Movin Shoes “Mountain Monthly” trail running group for a few hours out on the Pacific Coast Trail this Sunday (Feb. 19th).  We’ll meet at the La Mesa store at 8am, then […]

Upcoming Barefoot Running Clinic Schedule: Florida, Arizona, and California!

Jan 11, 2012 | 14 Comments

Here are our upcoming Bareform clinics through January.  If you can attend, we’d love to see you!  If you know anyone in these areas, please forward them the information.

January 14th, Jacksonville, Florida: Black Creek Outfitters ( @ 10:30am
January 15th, Sanford, FL: Sylvan Lake Park, hosted by Travel Country (, 10:30am- see poster below
January 24th, Tucson, AZ: Summit Hut ( ,  5045 E. Speedway, @ 8pm
January 28th, Southern California, time and location TBD




Merrell Bare Access Review

Jan 3, 2012 | 25 Comments

When I first heard of Merrell’s plan to produce a zero dropped cushioned shoe, I was dismayed.  I have been a long-term opponent to any cushioning in shoes.  The main reason is simple- cushioning increases the force of your foot landing.  For a barefoot runner, this is a big deal.  Cushioning turns our normally-gentle foot landing into a clomping trot.  Unless we consciously lighten our stride.  The problem is that cushioned shoes require you to […]

Women and Barefoot: The Merrell Womanialism Chit-Chat

Nov 28, 2011 | 6 Comments

Many people have asked why there aren’t more women testing the waters of barefoot and minimalist shoe running.  Merrell is doing more than asking.  They’re doing something about it.

Merrell  is hosting a Facebook-based chat session on their FB page dedicated to answering questions and stimulating discussion.  Read about the details here:

Merrell Womanalism Chit Chat

The first session will be kicked off by Emily Snayd, one of the fastest female minimalist shoe […]

Merrell Road Glove Review

Sep 23, 2011 | 16 Comments

The Merrell Road Glove.  Simply put, it is to roads what the Trail Glove is to trails.

Merrell took the formula that made the Trail Glove a success, worked out a few details based on feedback from the barefoot running community, and developed a shoe that did exactly what a good minimalist shoe should- make you forget it’s there.

Before I get to the actual review, it should be known that I work with […]