Mar 082013
 
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When new acquaintances find out I run, and especially when they find out that I have run ultra marathons, I often get asked, “Do you wear those toe shoes?”

I say no, although I do have a pair for walking around in. “I can’t wear them,” I say. “But my husband has a pair and he loves them.” I feel like I’m losing street cred by the minute. But I, like a lot of people I think, have discovered that minimalist shoes are not the shoe for me.

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Mar 072013
 
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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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Topo Athletic

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Jan 172013
 
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Heads up, readers, Tony Post is back in the shoe game!  Before I get ahead of myself, though, and in case you aren’t aware, Tony Post is the original CEO/President/Founder of the Vibram FiveFingers running shoes.  Back in July of 2012, Tony made the seemingly spontaneous decision to step down as CEO, and, at the time, he didn’t offer up any idea as to what his next step was going to be.  Well, the legend has returned, and he comes bearing gifts.  After leaving VFF, Tony took his ideas on the road and has now built a new company under the name “Topo Athletic“.  The title of the company is a combination of his first and last name (To=Tony, Po=Post) and, not surprisingly, the shoes have all of the flair and intriguing design elements we would expect from this former Vibram FiveFinger leader.

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The Vibram Transition: Chapter 7

 Posted by on October 26, 2012  1 Response »
Oct 262012
 
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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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Jul 302012
 
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Last Wednesday, we were alerted by the Reddit Barefoot Running community that a copy of the Vibram FiveFinger catalog for Spring/Summer 2013 was leaked by an online retailer. As you might expect, there are some very exciting new additions coming to the FiveFinger line-up, some of which we have seen before, and some that are brand new! Because the catalog comes from a Canadian-based retailer, I have reason to suspect that all of these models will be available in North America. Obviously, though, I cannot guarantee that some of these are not Europe-only releases, or that all of them will actually make it to production (next summer is a long time from now!). Disclosures aside, I think the new models represent a great step forward for Vibram and I am thrilled to be able to share details and photos of them after the jump! Continue reading »

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Jul 172012
 
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With the 2012 Olympics only 10 days away, companies left and right are beginning to release their Olympic-style gear, Olympic branded soft drinks, and Olympic advertisements.  This marketing phenomenon reaches our televisions, store shelves, and fast-food restaurants every two years (between the summer and winter games).  My celebration of the summer Olympics began with my recent discovery of slow-motion videos showing the amazing running form of Olympians such as Usain Bolt and Greg Nixon.  This discovery was soon trumped, however, when I found that Vibram was getting into the game with Olympic flag-style FiveFingers.  Vibram chose to represent five flags in the form of an Italian, Australian, British, Dane (Denmark), and American version of the FiveFinger Classics.  Even though these shoes are only available for a limited time in the Boston Vibram store, we managed to get our hands on two pairs….more after the break!

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Jul 062012
 
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Howdy! Hope all of our U.S. readers had a great 4th of July, and that our fellow Midwesterners are managing to beat the heat that continues to plague us. We got a run in on Tuesday afternoon, and it was brutal outside–I don’t know how you Southerners do it! Thanks to the soaring temperatures, and now that we’re about halfway through summer, I’ve been starting to look forward to fall, cooler weather, and, of course, the first releases of a whole new batch of minimalist shoes! There are a lot of exciting new styles, and updates to existing styles, such as new colors and laced versions, coming out from many of the major minimalist shoe companies this fall/spring. So, I wanted to put together a quick list of the upcoming shoes I am most looking forward to. Click through to check it out! Continue reading »

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