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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 […]

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 […]

New Balance MR00 Minimus Zero Road Review

Dec 6, 2011 | 10 Comments

The first generation of the Minimus Road sucked.  It felt like the designers spent all their time and innovation on the Minimus Trail, then phoned in the Road design.  It was only marginally better than the Newton Sir Issac I reviewed a few years ago.  They felt bulky and inflexible.

You know when you were a kid and you’d put boxes on your feet and march around the house at Christmas?  That’s a close […]

New Balance MT00 Minimus Trail Zero Review

Dec 4, 2011 | 11 Comments

2012.  This will be the year of the minimalist shoe.  I guarantee it.  Several manufacturers are developing minimalist shoes, which I would define as any shoe that allows you to run with the same form you’d use if barefoot, that satisfy our needs.  Long gone are the days of hacking up a pair of water shoes to retrofit something that would offer a little protection.

So why is 2012 going to be the year of the minimalist shoe?  Because niches […]

Merrell Road Glove Review

Sep 23, 2011 | 16 Comments

The Merrell Road Glove.  Simply put, it is to roads what the Trail Glove is to trails.

Merrell took the formula that made the Trail Glove a success, worked out a few details based on feedback from the barefoot running community, and developed a shoe that did exactly what a good minimalist shoe should- make you forget it’s there.

Before I get to the actual review, it should be known that I work with […]

Branca Leather Sandal Review

Aug 30, 2011 | 2 Comments

By Jesse Scott

BRU Staff Writer

Running is a simple activity. Throw on some shorts(or not), some shoes(or not), and head out the door. In recent years, people have begun to re-question the merits of cushioned running shoes and expensive gadgets. Ironically, this paradigm shift toward the basics has brought about a myriad of choices to sift through. Vibram Fivefingers, NB’s minimus, Merrell’s Barefoot line, and countless other styles of footwear have surfaced to cater to those […]

First Look! Merrell Barefoot Spring 2012 Lineup: [insert favorite expletive here]

Jul 25, 2011 | 30 Comments

Being a blogger is a cool gig.  Most of the time.  You get to meet interesting people, let your voice be heard, even score some free swag.

Sometimes being a blogger blows.  By our very nature, we share knowledge and news.  Let’s face it- we’re the gossip queens of the Interwebs.  We’re information whores.  Occasionally we’re given information on one condition- we can’t share until a future date.  That’s when blogging isn’t so fun.

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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 […]