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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 […]

The Price of Ignoring the Barefoot Running Trend = Death in the Marketplace

Jan 19, 2012 | 14 Comments

There’s a simple rule in any changing paradigm- the new thing isn’t as good as the old thing… in the beginning. That simple fact keeps the old guard from embracing change. It also eventually leads to the kiss of death for those that cling to the old paradigm. Why? The new paradigm gets better over time. In the age of the Internet, this happens at blazing speeds because the Interwebs allow people to connect and share ideas.

Minimalist Shoe Purchasing Habit Survey

Jan 17, 2012 | 17 Comments

[ Edit- Thanks to all those that replied!  I received enough responses, so I’m taking down the link.]

The entire running industry is in a state of flux between the old paradigm of motion-control, raised heel shoes that promote bad form and minimalist “barefoot” shoes that promote better form.  Every element of the industry, from manufacturers to retail stores, are beginning to feel this change.  I think we’re in an excellent position to influence this change by […]

Stem Origins Review

Dec 29, 2011 | 5 Comments

Stem is one of a group of minimalist shoe upstarts that have hit the scene over the last year or so.  Their founder Andrew Rademacher has an interesting story that would resonate with many.  Over the last year or so I’ve loosely followed Andrew’s development of the Origins shoe.  Most initial attempts at minimalist shoes are… well, pretty bad.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

First Impressions

The Origins is an aesthetically-pleasing shoe.  The color scheme is a […]

The Raised Heel Shoe: Could Jessica Rabbit Run a Marathon?

Dec 20, 2011 | 16 Comments

The raised heel shoe.  Is it a good thing?  Some believe it is.  In some cases (unrelated to running) it may not be so bad, as we’ll see below. What about running shoes?  The vast majority of runners, especially road runners, run in raised heel shoes.

Let’s take a look at the effects of raising the heel of a shoe.

Normally, our posture is pretty good.  By “normal” I mean barefoot.  Our backs are straight.  Look […]

Minimalist Shoe Runners: Stay Off Your Damn Heels!

Dec 19, 2011 | 29 Comments

Shelly and I ran the Dallas White Rock Marathon a few weeks ago.  As I often do, I spent most of the time watching others’ running gait.  I saw some people that ran with great form.  I also saw a load of people that had horrid form.  So goes road racing.

One particular brand of bad gait stood out, though.  The vast majority of minimalist shoe runners (approximately 20) I saw were overstriding with a pretty […]

Barefoot and Minimalist Shoe Running In The Winter: A Concise How-To Guide

Dec 17, 2011 | 9 Comments

Winter presents many problems for the barefoot runner.  Okay, it’s really just one problem.  It’s damn cold!  And for those of you in the north- snowy.

I’m well-versed in the issues facing barefoot runners in the winter.  I grew up in Northern Michigan, went to college on the shore of Lake Superior, and spent my early barefoot days in the snowbelts of West Michigan.  Throughout the years, I had ample opportunities to experiment with every possible option.  […]

Vibram Five Fingers SeeYa Review: The Best VFF Since the KSO?

Dec 10, 2011 | 7 Comments

I’ve had a bit of a love/hate relationship with Five Fingers.  When I started barefoot running, they did not exist.  My minimalist shoes consisted of a collection of ill-fitting aqua socks.  When Barefoot Ted first wrote about them back in 2006 or so, I immediately bought a pair- black KSOs.

The shoes were awesome!  The fit was far superior to the aqua socks and they lasted more than 100 miles.  I wore them for […]