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Patagonia Advocate Review

Apr 18, 2011 | One Comment

[The following review was written by BRU writer Christian Peterson.  The shoes were provided by our friends at Planet Shoes, which offers an incredible selection of eco-friendly and minimalist shoes.  If you're shopping for new shoes, check them out!  If you want to read more of Christian's stuff, check out his blog The Maple Grove Barefoot Guy.]

Hello again BRU students.  For those who don’t remember me, what the hell is wrong with you!  I Read More...

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 Read More...

Inov-8 Bare-Grip 200 Review

Inov-8 Bare-Grip 200 Review

Apr 14, 2011 | 14 Comments

Need a bad-ass shoe for bad-ass conditions?  Inov-8′s Bare-Grip 200 fits the bill.  This shoe is definitely the most aggressive minimalist shoe on the market today.

Based on my theory of using shoes as tools, the Bare-Grip 200 occupies a niche at the far end of the “gnarly” spectrum.  This shoe is essentially a cleat, meaning it is not designed for roads, sidewalks, or even hard-packed trails.  This shoe is designed for slop.  I would like to see a Read More...

Review of the KittyK “Smithie’s”

Mar 25, 2011 | 3 Comments

[The following post was written by BRU contributing writer Kate Kift.  Read more of Kate's work here, and check out her blog "Ramblings on Barefoot Running, Motherhood, and Life."]

At the moment whenever a new minimalist shoe is in development or is about to be released, the internet is swamped with press-releases and reviews.  It’s such a growing and popular market that new shoes are blogged and discussed on the forums months before they ever Read More...

Merrell Tough Glove Review

Mar 17, 2011 | 7 Comments

The Merrell Tough Glove is one of the six minimalist shoes Merrell released this last February. Of the three men’s shoes, the Tough Glove is the most appropriate for the business/casual market.

The shoe is constructed of a leather upper with a Vibram outsole. The outsole is shared among the entire line.

My minimalist shoe philosophy is pretty simple- I believe shoes are tools that allow us to navigate Read More...

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 Read More...

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 Read More...

How Wide Is The Toe Box Of…

Jan 6, 2011 | 4 Comments

After I posted my review of Merrell’s Trail Glove, I was inundated with questions.  The most common- how wide are the shoes?  Since a simple measurement may not be too informative, I took a topside picture of most of my shoe collection.  Enjoy!

[Edit- check out Pete Larson of runblogger.com... he just received a pair of Trail Gloves and will be reviewing them shortly]

My bare foot

Saucony Kilkenny XC2 size 11.5- this shoe is too narrow Read More...