From the Toes of Colbert

 Posted by on May 21, 2013  No Responses »
May 212013

As I’m sure many of our followers noticed, we posted a picture of Stephen Colbert on our Facebook page on Friday of him wearing a pair of Vibram FiveFingers (specifically the EL-X model). Although a funny shot for Colbert, it was actually a pretty exciting moment for us minimalist runners. Regardless of the countless times our “fad” (as Runner’s World recently called it) has been seen on TV, I still get excited when I hear them come up and have to run and look up whoever it is that’s talking about them!

Colbert is rocking the EL-X’s because during the interview portion of his show, he sat down with Dr. Daniel Lieberman, an advocate of long distance running, a professor in human evolutionary biology from Harvard University, and a barefoot runner. During the interview, Lieberman shared information about his research on the evolutionary biology of humans. They have found that there are five major things make humans special relative to other mammals (running, walking, chewing, throwing, and sweating), most of which are closely related to why we make the best long-distance runners, and, in many cases, natural hunters. Continue reading »

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Mar 072013

Recently, one of our writers, Jason, forwarded me a story he found on Runner’s World regarding a study by Sarah Ridge et al. that was published in February 2013 in the medical journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.  The study is titled Foot Bone Marrow Edema after 10-week Transition to Minimalist Running Shoes.  Simply put, the study examines injury rates in a group of runners during a 10-week transition to Vibram FiveFingers.

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SKORA Base (Women’s) Review

 Posted by on November 13, 2012  No Responses »
Nov 132012

Brand: SKORA

Name: Base

Color Options: Women’s – Blue/Yellow/Silver, Light blue; Men’s – Yellow, Black/Red, Silver

Weight: 7.0 oz

Drop: 0 mm

Other: 9 mm stack height (13 mm with insole), adjustable X-strap system, Ortholite sockliner, REALFIT last offers anatomical fit

Price: $110

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The Vibram Transition: Chapter 7

 Posted by on October 26, 2012  1 Response »
Oct 262012

Every time I find myself looking over this series, I wonder if we should rename it to something like “minimalist” transition, but instead, we keep this name because there are many notable things that differentiate FiveFingers from the rest of the minimalist shoe lines.  So, I wanted to bring some attention to the differences between 5-toed shoes and single toe pocket shoes.  In this post, I’ll explain the pros and cons of a shoe with individual toe pockets relative to a single toe pocket shoe design.

The Vibram FiveFingers brand prides itself on its unique design, quality materials, and its ability to encourage a natural stride.  It does this by providing a very thin sole and a 0mm heel to toe drop; but what is the deal with the toes?  Vibram argues that by providing individual toe pockets, your toes are able to work individually, the way they were originally intended to.  But, if that’s the case, why are there so many companies touting the single toe box design?  Most other minimalist shoe companies provide an extra wide toe box which also allows the toes to splay out their natural way.  The question is, who is right?

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Aug 312012

This is the second half to an interview I recently conducted with our friend Rolando Cruz from Berkeley Running Company in Madison, WI.  If you missed the first part, you can check it out here.

This part of the interview is focused on Rolando’s experience with minimalist running shoes.  His story about how he started wearing minimalist shoes is an inspiring one — they are the reason he was able to continue running after being told he might never run long distances again! He also has some great tips for minimalist running beginners that we’ll go over at the end of the interview.

If you are looking for even more Rolando, you should definitely check out the great story the Wisconsin State Journal did on him in May 2011.

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Aug 062012
Compression Sleeve_Sock

For those of you who have only recently begun to read our posts, you may be asking yourself “what the heck is a calf-ocalypse?”  Calf-ocalypse is a term Meagan and I coined after our first foray into minimalist running.  I won’t go into vivid detail (check out Chapter 2 of our Vibram Transition series if you are interested) but the pain, stiffness, and discomfort  in your calves after running barefoot/minimalist for the first time (and overdoing it) can be so unbearable that you’d almost prefer not to have legs at all.   With that said, Meagan and I have continued to try to find solutions in order to relieve, recover from, or even eliminate calf distress by using foam rollers, heat pads, The Stick, and just good old fashion massage.  More recently, our friends at Berkeley Running Company in Madison, WI introduced us to compression sleeves, compression socks, and recovery socks.  Pictured to the right is a Sigvaris Compression Sock (in black), and a Sigvaris Compression Sleeve (in orange), both of which have proven well in the battle against the calf-ocalpyse (review to come).

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Sockwa G Series Review

 Posted by on July 3, 2012  5 Responses »
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Sockwa G3

Brand: Sockwa

Name: G Series

Color Options: G3 – Olive, Black, Brown, Red all with Grey Sole

G2 – Red, Columbia (light blue), Cobalt, Grey, Purple, Pink, Olive with Black Sole

Weight: 2.4 oz (depending on size)

Drop: omm from heel to toe

Stack Height: 1.2mm

Price: $50

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