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My Decision to Work with Merrell

Dec 11, 2010 | 8 Comments

In the coming weeks, I will be posting a comprehensive review of Merrell’s new Trail Glove minimalist shoe. This will be a difficult review because of the potential conflict of interest involved. I take great pride in providing honest, accurate reviews of the various shoes I review, both good and bad. I have been very careful to avoid situations that would prevent me from giving impartial reviews.

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Terra Plana VivoBarefoot Dharma Review

Nov 23, 2010 | 3 Comments

Terra Plana is legendary for their casual and business-casual minimalist work shoes.  In the running arena, their EVO II has some significant competition this year.  In the non-athletic arena, there is no contest.

The Dharma upholds this tradition of great shoes designed for the office.  This shoe is a solid workhorse capable of meeting the needs of anyone searching for a shoe that eliminates the raised heel of the modern dress shoe.

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Five Fingers… I’m Just Not That Into You Anymore…

Nov 7, 2010 | 28 Comments

Vibram, I’m sorry.  It’s me, not you.  Really.  We had some good times.  I just think we’re heading in different directions.  I mean, I really appreciate everything you’ve done.  For a few years, you were the one.  You captured my heart.  But then you changed.  You started getting… you know… bigger.  You started adorning yourself a little to much.  I liked you when you were simple.  You were everything I needed and wanted.  Now… I’m not so sure.  Read More...

Terra Plana VivoBarefoot EVO II Review

Oct 29, 2010 | 7 Comments

I was sitting in the chair at the dentist’s office.  I had cotton in my mouth and the Spongebob theme was playing on the TV overhead.  The dentist, who is unaware of my running adventures, walking in the room and immediately notices my shoes.

“Whoa!  Those are some awesome shoes… where did you get them?”

Thus started a 15 minute conversation about barefoot running.  I think I convinced him to try it.

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Inov-8 X-Talon 190 Shoe Review

Oct 16, 2010 | 2 Comments

Shoe Classification: Natural Trainer

Weight: 6.7 oz.

Cost: ~$110.00

Review Date: September 20th, 2010

I love these shoes.

End of review.

Not really, but the X-Talon 190s are among the best minimalist shoes I have ever used.  I have been searching for a trail shoe for years.  Prior to Inov-8’s entry into the true minimalist shoe market, the options for trail runners was limited.  My prior favorites were Vibram’s KSOs, though the traction was horrible in any condition except flat, dry Read More...

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Vibrams 2011 Models… Really?

Jul 22, 2010 | 19 Comments

Back in the day, I loved Vibram’s Five Fingers shoes for their simplicity.  The design looked peculiar, but the shoes served the purpose.  My circa 2007 black KSOs are still my favorite minimalist shoes I own. 

Those second generation of Five Fingers shoes (the Sprints, KSOs, and Flows) were tremendous from a functional standpoint.  Okay, the Flows sucked.  The other two were great, though.

The next generation was hit-or-miss.  I love Treks, though I still haven’t purchased a pair.  The Performa Read More...

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Barefoot Running, Running Barefoot, Vibrams, and any other keywords that will attract fellow Barefoot Bloggers/Webmasters!!!

Dec 16, 2009 | 12 Comments

I have recently come across A LOT of people that have started blogging about barefoot running. Some are brand new; some have been doing it for some time. I have also come across a large number of new websites dedicated to barefoot or minimalist shoe running. My ultimate goal is to unite the worldwide barefoot and minimalist shoe running community to help promote our common cause. As a means to that end, if you are currently Read More...