About the Author — I am a passionate trail runner, minimalist shoe aficionado, barefooter, and father. Depending on the season, I can be found in the Ashland Creek watershed (Southern Oregon) logging 20-90 miles per week. Born to Run and Birthday Shoes helped me discover minimalist shoes in 2009, and this put an end to the iliotibial pain I’d experienced in conventional shoes. When I’m not running, I am generally working at home on our small family business selling natural earth paints. Drew has written 3 articles and 3 comments.
It's a pleasure to write another review of Soft Star shoes for Birthday Shoes. This time I’ll be talking about my family’s favorite pairs of children’s shoes, the Rambler and Hotcakes. I've weighed shoes. I've squeezed shoes. I've photographed my 2 1/2… more »
A Review of Eat & Run: an Unlikely Combination of Recipes and Racing
Two of the great ultra-runners from Born to Run, Jenn Shelton and Scott Jurek, have lived here in Ashland, OR (one still does). Although Scott’s time here was brief, he forged f… more »
Various photos of the RunAmoc Dash, a minimalist/barefoot running shoe from Soft Star Shoes out of Oregon.
Two weeks ago, I won second place in the 35K division of the Santa Barbara Endurance Race, wearing Soft Star’s new minimalist running moccasin, the RunAmoc Dash, scheduled to be released near Memorial Day. [Insert “Intro.jpg” photo here, titled “Soft… more »
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birthdayshoes [about] is dedicated to feet, which is to say barefeet, or feet as they were designed to be—unshod and free! As a way to foster foot freedom, birthday shoes is spreading the word about toe shoes — Vibram Five Fingers — the ground-breaking "barefoot shoes" or "foot gloves" that allow wearers to roam the earth as [Your Belief System] intended. Free your feet!
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