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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 […]

Merrell True Glove Review

Mar 29, 2011 | 4 Comments

Merrell’s True Glove is a jack-of-all-trades minimalist shoe.  At least that’s what I use it for.  Officially, Merrell markets the shoe as a hiking/active shoe.  Unofficially, I use this shoe for an incredibly wide range of activities.  To date, I’ve used it for:

A running shoe,
A hiking shoe,
A casual shoe,
A work shoe (teaching),
A crosstraining shoe, and
A shoe for kicking footballs.

It’s a versatile shoe.  I use mine mostly as a casual shoe, but […]

The Evolution of Minimalist Shoe Theory

Mar 2, 2011 | 8 Comments

Over the last six years or so, my attitude towards shoes has changed dramatically.  Over that time, i have slowly developed some personal guidelines that help me understand the relationship between barefoot running and running in shoes.

These still seems to be a significant debate among barefoot runners regarding the use of shoes.  I hope my experiences can help others understand how shoes should fit into their running adventures.


I ran as conditioning for […]

Vibram Five Fingers KomodoSport Review After a 21 Mile Long Run

Feb 28, 2011 | 2 Comments

One run, 32°, slush-covered asphalt.

It was quite possibly the worst conditions possible for shoe testing.  It did allow me to get a great first impression of the  Vibram Five Fingers Komodos.  Keep in mind, these comments are just my opinions based on my shoe preference.


Traction on asphalt, wet or dry, was shockingly good. They almost felt sticky.
The shoes fared pretty well without socks. My feet were soaked the entire run.  […]

How to Choose the Right Minimalist Shoe

Feb 13, 2011 | One Comment

I get a lot of requests for minimalist shoe recommendations.  I always approach these requests with trepidation.  Why?  We’re all individuals.  I can give you some advice on the appropriate shoe, but ultimately you have to experiment to find what works best for you.

I recommend everyone use the following method to determine your ideal minimalist shoe.  Note- this is the plan I use.  I will always prefer to be barefoot and only use this method when selecting shoes for conditions […]

Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove Review

Jan 12, 2011 | 11 Comments

Merrell’s Pace Glove shoe part of their new line of barefoot-inspired minimalist shoes.  I recently reviewed the awesome Trail Glove.  The Pace is the female running shoe counterpart to the Trail Glove.  Shelly has been testing this shoe for several months.  Before I dive into the details of the shoe, it may be worthwhile to review Shelly’s running history.

Shelly was my original inspiration to begin running in the first […]

Merrell Trail Glove Review

Jan 4, 2011 | 21 Comments

In February, Merrell will launch their line of minimalist shoes.  The Trail Glove is the trail-specific model in the line.  I have been extensively testing two different pairs of Trail Gloves since October.  Over this time, I have run hundreds of miles in one pair and about one hundred in the other.  Based on my testing, the Trail Glove is the first minimalist shoe I’ve tried that could be considered as a […]

New Balance Minimus “Road” Review

Dec 25, 2010 | 4 Comments

The New Balance Minimus Roads are one of three minimalist shoes to be released by New Balance in February or March.  This shoe will be joined by the Trail and Life version in the Minimus line.   I wrote a very comprehensive review of the Trails here.  They are one of the best true minimalist shoes I’ve tried to date.

The Roads are a little more difficult for me to review.  I would not classify […]