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1st Annual New York City Barefoot Run [Report from a Highly Qualified Participant]

New York City Barefoot Run
1st Annual New York City Barefoot Run Collage courtesy of Ryan

The barefoot running movement is not only about finding something lost in our heavily shod world, it is also about inclusion. No books have to be bought, although there are some good ones. There are no dues to pay to join the club. As the shirt says, all one needs to do is "lose your shoes" to be included. Bare feet can truly free your soul and get you in touch with who you are and who we were.

So, after the jump we present to you Brian's story. Even though he questioned his qualifications to report on the 1st Annual New York City Barefoot Run, we think his qualifications are perfect.

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Toe Shoes in the Military

Toe Shoes in the Military

"Toe shoes" have become popular not only amongst runners generally, but also among some of the most active folks around — our friends in the military. Though we've gotten a number of user stories from Vibram Five Fingers fans in the armed forces in the past (See below for a couple examples), the topic of toe shoes in the military got some interesting if not a bit controversial press recently thanks to an article in the ArmyTimes titled On your toes (link) by Jon Anderson (Also see Anderson's prior piece on barefoot running titled Barefoot running gains traction here).

Read our analysis of the article after the jump.

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Vibram FiveFingers KSO vs. Bikila - Concerns, Nuances, and Quality Control {mailbag}

I get a lot of questions emailed my way about Vibram Five Fingers. Which model to get, this model or that model, sizing nuances, and any number of other random queries come my way. So in the interest of answering some of the more common questions, I'll be posting some emails I receive as well as my responses in the hope that others might benefit from the exchange. Finally, if anyone has anything to add to my response, or wants to take me to task for my response, please do so in the comments!

Hi Justin, Awesome site, love all the info. I am researching the Vibram's as I am new to running but love being bare foot. I am kinda leaning toward the KSO's to get me started, but have read a lot about seams tears, straps breaking and soles wearing out in about six months. So I thought I would ask the expert straight up! How long has your KSOs lasted, I would want to use them for everyday use as well as running/walking. Have you had any quality issues with them or any other Vibram five finger products. What is your take on the Bikila's are the they a better shoe all around? Sorry for so many questions, I just want to make the right choice for the money being spent. Again way awesome website! Cheers, Aaron

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