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The Evolution of Minimalist Shoe Theory

Mar 2, 2011 | 8 Comments

Over the last six years or so, my attitude towards shoes has changed dramatically.  Over that time, i have slowly developed some personal guidelines that help me understand the relationship between barefoot running and running in shoes.

These still seems to be a significant debate among barefoot runners regarding the use of shoes.  I hope my experiences can help others understand how shoes should fit into their running adventures.


I ran as conditioning for […]

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 […]

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… 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 […]

New Balance Minimus Trail Review

Nov 17, 2010 | 13 Comments

New Balance’s new Minimus line has created quite a stir within the barefoot/minimalist shoe running community.  Pictures have leaks.  Sketchy details have surfaced.  Rumors have been rampant. The buzz has reached a fevor pitch.

Finally, some answers… A Minimus Trail review!

I managed to persuade the powers that be to write the first comprehensive review of the elusive Minimus Trails.  Keep in mind, this review is written by a barefoot trail runner for other […]


Barefoot Ted’s Luna huaraches… a first look

Aug 7, 2010 | 3 Comments

They just came in the mail today!  I’m pumped; these are of excellent quality!  After running the last two-thirds of Burning River in huaraches, I decided to make these my go-to minimalist shoe for most conditions.  They can be purchased here.  Here are some initial pics:

I’ll be doing a full review, possibly after the Fallsburg Marathon next week.



What Would the Perfect Minimalist Shoe Look Like: An open letter to shoe manufacturers

Jun 1, 2010 | 14 Comments

Dear sir or madam:

Thank you for your recent foray into the minimalist shoe market.  I appreciate your attempt at entering this market.  Some of your competitors are begrudgingly digging in their figurative heels despite the growing body of evidence that the modern running shoe may not be appropriate for everyone.  

Your shoe is certainly pretty; aesthetics are clearly a high priority.  Your marketing is flashy.  The use of barefoot runners in your advertisements shows an awareness of your intended market. 

I […]


Newton’s Sir Isaac Shoes: First Impressions

Mar 13, 2010 | 6 Comments

Newton is a company that has long-fascinated me.  They have associated themselves with the barefoot running movement, but seemingly produce shoes that have little do to with barefoot running.  The theory behind Newton shoes is both simple and complex.  The simple explanation- the shoes are cushioned trainers designed for a midfoot landing.  The complex answer- look here:

My First Impressions

I received these shoes on the same day I received Terra Plana VivoBarefoot’s EVO.  The difference between the shoes […]

Terra Plana Vivo Barefoot EVO first impressions and pictures

Mar 6, 2010 | 12 Comments

Terra Plana sent me a pair of their brand-new EVO minimalist running shoes.  My very first impression- this shoe lives up to most of the hype.  While running in this shoe is not as good as running barefoot, it is clearly one of the best minimalist running shoes developed so far.  It is definitely in the same class as my beloved Vibram KSOs.  Over the next few days, I will be thoroughly testing these shoes.  I will also be comparing […]