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Vivo Barefoot Drake Review

Vivo Barefoot Drake Review

Once upon a time Vivo Barefoot made a shoe called the Oak. The Oak had a Wallaby-esque look to it and to this day is still in my regular shoe rotation (no small feat!).

But the Oak was discontinued awhile ago, which left (to my thinking) a bit of a whole in VB's design line-up. The Oak's design made for a nice aesthetic despite the wide last of Vivo shoes. The "rim" of a Wallaby just makes the shoe look more narrow.

Well that changed when a few months back Vivo Barefoot released the Drake, and that's the shoe I'll be reviewing today thanks to Vivo sending a pair my way!

And while the Drake is not an update to the Oak per se (the official line), it's similar enough that comparisons are inevitable, so I'll be making a few. Let's dive in!

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10 Years of Vibram FiveFingers

10 Years of Vibram FiveFingers
A few of the earliest-sold Vibram FiveFingers - the Classic - from my collection.

Thoughts on the 2016 Anniversary Re-Release of the Classic: Rebirth of a legend, or missed opportunity?



How it all began — Roberto Fliri, in association with Vibram, had been working for years to develop a shoe that would maximally respect the natural anatomy of the foot while staying as close to the ground as possible. The result being the now legendary Fivefingers 'Classic." (You can read more on Fliri via this interview here).

The precise timeline has been muddied by the years—when the first Fivefingers exactly hit the market is uncertain: probably around 2003 or 2004. What seems clear is that 2006 was a pivotal year: the Fivefingers concept made its first appearance in the U.S.; and with the Vibram FiveFingers Classic model the basis was laid for a new and exciting niche market in the rising category of barefoot shoes: toe-shoes.

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Bole Ball Review — Tarahumara Running Game

Bole Ball Review — Tarahumara Running Game

“You bought a wooden ball?” my wife said to me with a perplexed look on her face. I tried to hold back some of my excitement as I explained to her that this "BOLE ball," (or something like it) was what used for entertainment by the Tarahumara Indians as they traversed great distances while running through Mexico.

If you haven’t read Chris McDougall’s famous book “Born to Run” I might question your motives as a minimalist runner and tell you to go pick up a copy immediately. I say that half-jokingly, but it is a really good book and does make reference to the game that was played by the Tarahumara Indians as they went on their epic long runs.

Making a game out of anything makes it more fun, and the BOLE ball has added a whole new element of fun to my running. Read on for my review!

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