What Should I Put on My Feet to Go Run?

What Should I Put on My Feet to Go Run?

If you've got kids, you're familiar with bedtime routines. Part of our nightly bedtime routine is reading books. My almost-four-year-old Avi gets to pick out a couple of books before it's lights out.

So I was excited when author John McClung reached out to let me know about his latest children's book What Should I Put on My Feet to Go Run?. John sent me a copy of his book a few months back and Avi and I have been enjoying it every now and again ever since.

What follows is a quick review of the book! And if reading kid's book reviews isn't something you find necessary to drop $10 on some nighttime reading that supports your own views on shoes, well, do yourself a favor and head over to Amazon and support McClung's work now.

Otherwise, more after the jump!

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Hiking Squaw Mountain in KomodoSports

Hiking Squaw Mountain in KomodoSports

A fellow Justin sent in the following photos (one from below the mountain, above) and message about his recent hike up Squaw Mountain:

Here’s a couple of shots I took today hiking up Squaw Mountain in Provo, Utah; despite being quite worn in, the KomodoSports handled the miles of rocky trails very well – that said, I would not recommend hiking mountains in minimalist footwear unless you’ve been wearing them for some time and know how to step lightly; I’ve been wearing these shoes for just over two years now and have been barefoot running for a little over three years. Parts of this hike felt like what I called “an extreme foot massage.” I’m very much looking forward to my next hike up the mountains wearing my VFF’s, and to some trail running here in them too.

- Justin

See the view from the top after the jump!

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Xero Shoes the Shark Tank Sandal?

Xero Shoes the Shark Tank Sandal?

Xero Shoes—the huaraches sandals company founded by Steven Sashen and Lena Phoenix—is going to be on ABC's Shark Tank at 8:00PM tonight, May 31, 2013! (This is a rerun of the episode that aired February 1, 2013).

If you're not familiar with Shark Tank, it's a show where entrepreneurs pitch their business to five investors. The investors then have the opportunity to bid on investing in the business. The show is great entertainment as it has that live edginess provided by the investors as they ask questions, poke holes, and comment on the pitch presented.

NOTE: Since this is a re-run of the Feb. 1, 2013, episode, if you caught the original airing, you already know what happened! That said, everything below (save for a new sale!) is written as though I didn't know ... make sense? No spoilers!

With a barefoot running sandal business being the investment at foot tonight, you can be sure things are going to get interesting!

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Earth Runners Circadian Review

Earth Runners Circadian Review

I love huaraches. I've raced in the bare minimum clothes and bare minimum shoes you could have without being naked. I wore them for my first marathon. Heck, huaraches have even started to take over as my default CrossFit shoe on days where any running is involved. Clearly I'm a fan.

Other people obviously are, too, as more and more huaraches makers keep popping up. This is likely due to the relative ease of producing huaraches when compared to traditional shoes. Despite the simplicity of these types of shoes, there's plenty of variation in terms of quality, style, fit, and philosophy.

One of the more unique of these -- especially in the philosophy department -- are Earth Runners. I've been curious about their offerings and was fortunate enough to get a review pair of the upcoming Circadian model to test out.

Check them out after the jump!

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Lem Primal 2 Review--A Fantastic, Casual Barefoot Shoe

Lem Primal 2 Review--A Fantastic, Casual Barefoot Shoe

Lems not only recently released their "barefoot shoe boot" ? a.k.a. the Lem Boulder boot (reviewed here) ? they also updated their original shoe, the Primal Origins with the "Primal 2."

You can read my original review of the Primal Origins* here or check out Tim's review here! If you're wondering, "What changed?" I'll speak to that below, as well.

The TL;DR though is simple enough: the Primal 2 is a fantastic, casual barefoot shoe that you can wear for all day comfort thanks to a super-flexible sole and lightweight build married to healthy-foot design?zero drop from heel to toe with no arch support and generously sized toe box! You can get them for $95.

Full review of the Primal 2 after the jump!

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Toe Shoes in Galapagos!

Toe Shoes in Galapagos!

Got the following note from Fred who recently went on a school trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands—talk about an amazing school trip! Seems Fred and a few of his friends were all wearing toe shoes—both Vibram FiveFingers and those other toe shoes from Fila ...

Anyway, here's Fred's account of how his Bikilas fared on the journey:

While on an amazing school trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands I sported my Bikilas for many different activities.

Hiking, walking on beaches, wading through streams in the cloud forest of Ecuador, walking across lava fields, boating, sunbathing, etc. Two other members of my group wore Komodosports and KSO's (and another with Fila Skeletoes).

My Bikilas worked great for everything and kept most of the sand out. I especially liked how versatile they were for all the different surfaces we encountered in the Galapagos. They handled lava, sand, dirt, water, rocks, and everything mother nature could throw my way while both protecting the soles of my feet and also allowing me the great proprioception to really feel the ground underneath my feet. The breathable, quick drying fabric was great, too, because we had a few wet landings when disembarking for hikes on the islands.

A longtime follower and fan of BirthdayShoes,

Fred

Thanks for sharing, Fred! And let me know if you find any other photos from others on the trip!