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Don’t Knock Minimalist Shoes Until You’ve Pushed Your Limits: A Open Letter to all Barefoot Runners

Jun 14, 2011 | 30 Comments

Over the last few weeks, I’ve gotten a few messages about the frequent shoe discussions here at BRU.  This is typical, it comes with the territory.  A few days ago, I received one that I feel warranted this letter.  A newer barefoot runner chastised me for supporting running in minimalist shoes.  This person had been running barefoot less than six months and only trained on sidewalks and a local high school track.

For all newer barefoot runners- […]

Details of Dr. Craig Richards’ Proposed Study

Jun 8, 2011 | 7 Comments

Earlier this week, I posted some news about Dr. Craig Richards’ proposed running shoe study.  The response has been tremendous!  Some shoe manufacturers have already expressed interest and/or committed, with many more in the works.  Many of you have been asking excellent methodology-related questions.  This is the latest info Dr. Richards has forwarded to me.

Note- I am not part of this research… I’m only reporting the details and helping to recruit the companies.  😉  If […]

Somnio Nada Review

Jun 8, 2011 | 5 Comments

By Jesse Scott, BRU Staff Writer

I was approached to review the Somnio Nada. I had only known of Somnio for their array of customizable running shoes I saw advertised in triathlon media. I always thought the idea was interesting, but it kind of goes against my views on complicated footwear. Nevertheless, the company seemed to be truly searching to make a high quality product to help their customers.

Disclaimer: I tested […]

Asics… Well, At Least I Respect Their Wrestling Shoes

Jun 6, 2011 | 7 Comments

Pete Larson of pointed me to this comment from Asics’ head researcher Simon Bartold, which originally appeared in a podiatry forum and was reposted at Zero Drop.   Here’s the quote:

Well Dr. Kirby, A big thank you! Here was I thinking I was the only one fighting a rearguard battle to bring scientific debate to this nonsense!First we had to deal with barefoot, and now the so called Minimalist running debate. It just gets sooo frustrating.What […]

At What Point Will We Have Too Many Minimalist Shoe Choices?

May 28, 2011 | 15 Comments

This post is inspired by Barry Schwartz and his theory that modern Western industrialized societies have too many choices, which ultimately leads to anxiety and unhappiness.  Read about his theory here.  He wrote a book, too.

The premise is pretty simple.  We like choices… to a point.  If too many choices are offered, consumers are stricken with paralysis.  There is so much information to sift through, they simply choose not to decide.  Even if they […]

Changing the World Will Make Me Obsolete… And I Will Be Happy

May 18, 2011 | 3 Comments

One of my goals for teaching barefoot running  is to completely redefine the way the running world approaches running form.  I want every runner to learn good form BEFORE selecting shoes.  With any luck, this will cause the modern cushioned, motion control running shoe to go extinct.  The key- convince enough people to learn and subsequently teach good form so this idea reaches critical mass. Once this happens, there will be no need to do what I do.  […]

Why Merrell is a Little Different

May 12, 2011 | 25 Comments

I recently had the opportunity to talk to several members of Merrell’s management and development teams.  These conversations reaffirmed what I had deduced awhile ago:

These cats do things a little differently.

As many of you know, I’ve been working with Merrell to develop educational material to help people learn to run with better form.  My goal is to change the way people think about running and have fun in the process.  It’s my way […]

The “Barefoot Shoes” Debate

May 4, 2011 | 8 Comments

As more shoe companies enter the minimalist shoe market, the term “barefoot shoes” is becoming more prevalent.  This phenomena extends from shoe manufacturers to retailers to the general public.  There was a time this annoyed me.  After all, it’s an oxymoron.  Wearing any shoe, by definition, is not barefoot.  It ranks right up there with “baggy tights”, “near miss”,  and “boneless ribs.”

It caused other problems, too.  When communicating with new runners, it would be difficult to […]