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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Merrell Trail Glove Review

Jan 4, 2011 | 21 Comments

In February, Merrell will launch their line of minimalist shoes.  The Trail Glove is the trail-specific model in the line.  I have been extensively testing two different pairs of Trail Gloves since October.  Over this time, I have run hundreds of miles in one pair and about one hundred in the other.  Based on my testing, the Trail Glove is the first minimalist shoe I’ve tried that could be considered as a […]

New Balance Minimus “Road” Review

Dec 25, 2010 | 4 Comments

The New Balance Minimus Roads are one of three minimalist shoes to be released by New Balance in February or March.  This shoe will be joined by the Trail and Life version in the Minimus line.   I wrote a very comprehensive review of the Trails here.  They are one of the best true minimalist shoes I’ve tried to date.

The Roads are a little more difficult for me to review.  I would not classify […]

Terra Plana VivoBarefoot Kali Review

Dec 20, 2010 | One Comment

Terra Plana VivoBarefoot struck gold.  Again.  If you’ve followed my blog for awhile, you’ve  undoubtedly noticed I have an affinity for this UK-based company.  Why do I have such an affinity for Terra Plana?

Simply put, they make the world’s best minimalist casual/ business casual shoes.

I wear a pair of Dharmas or Aquas to work every day.  The only other shoe I wear are my Lunas, but they’re a bit out of […]

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.

Being a long-term barefoot and minimalist shoe […]

New Balance Minimus Roads… a first look

Nov 20, 2010 | 4 Comments

First impression upon seeing shoe: Damn!  This is a thick shoe!

First impression upon trying shoe on: Damn!  This is a thick shoe!

First impression after a four mile trail run (hey, I really dislike road running): Hmmmm… that wasn’t bad at all.  No ground feel, but they allowed for good, natural form.

First impression after wearing all day on my feet at school: They felt pretty good; students thought they looked cool (not sure if that’s a positive or not).  […]