Dec 6, 2012 | 12 comments »
Soft Star Shoes recently released a new casual "barefoot shoe" for men called the Rogue. It's a slip-on, Vibram-soled, leather-upper and sheepskin insoled shoe that's as crazy comfortable as it is healthy for your feet and your posture. It also has an aesthetic that can be paired with a lot of different styles, a pretty important consideration. In short, it's a barefoot shoe for everyday wear that's worth some serious consideration.
Read on for the full review!
Dec 3, 2012 | 22 comments »
Like many runners and other athletes, I hold several concurrent goals in mind -- most of which are ever-moving targets. First is the simplest and most familiar: the shifting distance goal. At first I just wanted to work up to a 10k. Then it was maybe 15k, then a half marathon. Now I'm signed up for my first full in March. I think that's probably it for me in terms of pushing my distance. Probably. Maybe.
I'm always working on my breathing, and keeping my arms swinging straight forward and back instead of indulging my habit of punching at some invisible spot that floats just in front of my chest. But the goal I easily put the most thought into is the constant improvement of my foot and leg mechanics.
The best way to get instant feedback on what you need to work on is, of course, running barefoot. Your body just won't stand for any nonsense if you listen to it, and barefoot helps you hear what it's saying. So one of my running goals was to work up to a 10k completely barefoot. I'm not there yet.
How's it going so far, you ask? Read on. But maybe make sure you haven't eaten recently.
Nov 29, 2012 | 4 comments »
I've been attending a Crossfit-style gym for about a year. I really enjoy the challenge and I've seen a lot of great results (less fat, more muscle, confidence, strength, etc.). A typical day at my gym starts with a short warm-up with things like running, stretching, and maybe a few push-ups. Then we go into the WOD (workout of the day) which is anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes in length with all sorts of punishing exercises. After the workout is done we'll finish off with some specialized stretching and foam roll work.
Nov 28, 2012 | 2 comments »
The Born2Run brand presents itself as more than just another minimalist shoe. In addition to the footwear, there're also strength training packages, run training plans, and nutritional supplementation. I've talked to the coach, reviewed the shoes, and now it's time to tackle the strength training package. The good folks at B2R were kind enough to give us a Level 1 kit for testing and review purposes.
I must confess that I had my doubts. The set consisted of two relatively thin balance poles, a slant board that looks like a ramp for use with a toy motorcycle, an instructional DVD, and a drawstring bag to hold it all. For the price, the pitch seemed a little weak. Especially as a fairly active athlete, I thought: "What could this possibly have to offer me?"
I've still got some small reservations after a few weeks of following the exercises, but I've also had most of my doubts eased. Read on for the long and the short of it.
Nov 27, 2012 | 7 comments »
Tune Footwear has officially launched! Their dressy loafer-style barefoot shoes are now available for sale via TuneFootwear.com for $99.
We previewed Tune Footwear back in late July of this year but that was prior to having seen the final product. Today I'm going to take it a step further and show off a bunch of photos of the dark brown tassle-style loafers Tune sent me to check out — and in a week or two, Tim is going to follow up with a full review.
Let's dive in!
Nov 26, 2012 | 1 comment »
It's that time of the year (again) when retailers lose their minds and start offering crazy deals on just about everything. The madness is only amplified by the emerging consumer mentality where folks do price comparisons from the aisles of retail stores thanks to 4G smartphones, showroom the products they're interested in and then order them from Amazon.com (Guilty?). Did you hear that places like Walmart are (unofficially) price-matching some online prices? Other retailers like Best Buy are officially doing just that.
Anyway, I thought I'd share a few deals that you might be interested in on minimalist/barefoot shoes (or sandals!) to gift yourself or your friends/family. Check it out!