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What Shoe Companies Will Survive the Revolution?

Oct 13, 2011 | 35 Comments

We’re in the midst of a paradigm shift away from the antiquated “neutral, stability, and motion-control” paradigm and toward the minimal-based “shoes as tools” paradigm.  It’s easy to write this off as a passing fad or just another option to compliment the old way of doing things, but this is short-sighted.

When people make the switch to minimalist shoes, they don’t go back.

Based on the number of people making the transition AND the rate at […]

The Ground Feel – Protection Continuum

Oct 11, 2011 | 31 Comments

This last weekend, I attempted the Grindstone 100 mile race in Swoope, Virgina.  It didn’t go so well and I DNFed at about mile 54 or so.  I’ll be posting some more about the lessons learned in the race, which were plenty.

One issue in particular has garnered some discussion- my shoe choice.

I wore a pair of Merrell Trail Gloves.  Normally they are my default trail shoe.  The fit is perfect for my feet […]

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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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 […]

Dr. Craig Richards: A Call For Independent Shoe Testing

Jun 7, 2011 | 21 Comments

This is a quickly-developing story.  The details are a bit sketchy, but the news was too exciting to pass up.

Recently Zero Drop posted a quote from Simon Bartold of Asics.  This led to a spirited debate, which was continued on Runblogger.  I mentioned the debate in my last post.

As a result of these debates, Dr. Craig Richards of Hunter Gait and co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Barefoot […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]