Posted tagged ‘Shoes’

Another question from another buddy

August 4, 2010

It’s been rewarding to have old friends get interested and try barefoot running based on my writings. Here’s and inquiry from Mike who I’ve not seen since high school. He’s a very active guy and was running a lot until he broke his leg a few months ago:

I am contemplating returning to running with VFF or Bikila after I get over this broken fibula. I’m not so keen on the idea of going completely barefoot however I do like the idea. (more…)


Big barefoot questions…6 months in

July 20, 2010

I took a shot at this after three months of foray into the crazy world of barefoot running and it’s time for an update at the 6 month mark.

Cause it’s fun is what I said from the outset and I’m still there. That’s my bottom line. Some of my barefoot colleagues are about a barefoot lifestyle. Barefoot Jason just dumped his TV and started wearing kilts. For me it’s about running and being able to continue doing so as long as possible (although I admit being pleased with myself for not once putting on a shoe the last two weekends at the Cape…and without trying by the way; it just happened that way.)

Don’t your feet hurt?
Three months in, I had concluded that barefoot running, while delightful on smooth asphalt, did not lend itself to trail running and rougher roads. A clinic with Barefoot Ken Bob has lead me to reconsider to say the least. If you do it right you can run on most anything. Right means bending getting low and bending the knees more than I previously thought necessary when the road gets rough. He really amazed me and had a profound impact on the way I think about running.

Does it hurt? I may write a longer blog on this, but for now suffice it to say, I think you get so you perceive the sensation differently. You know that you are stepping on uneven surfaces but it doesn’t bother you so much. Here’s a secret: I find it (more…)

Extra, extra…barefoot news

May 6, 2010

There’s a lot going on in the barefoot community these days, so this is a roundup of some of the top stories.

Vibram Five Finger Bikilas For Sale On-Line: At City Sports. Before you get too excited, it’s still pretty limited. First of all, guys only. Sorry, ladies, I don’t get it either. And they are only in blue, but although I like my gray/red ones best, I think the blues are pretty cool too. And, evidently only in 45, 46, 47 (I have American size 11.5s and wear 44 Bikilas). I have the feeling that these are the leftovers from the initial shipment of 450 pairs to City Sports. But, it’s a start and I have it on good authority form a Vibram insider that are on the way to City Sports this week. I am also told that 10,000 (more…)

Birthday Shoes does a very comprehensive Bikila review

April 25, 2010

Here’s a very comprehensive review of the Bikila. Justin, of Birthday Shoes, talks through all aspects of the design and provides a couple dozen pictures. If you want all this ins and outs, check it out.

I’m still going barefoot, but my Bikilas rock!

April 20, 2010

After a 4 mile run today in my new Vibram Five Finger Bikilas, my quick take is: They rock! I expect most of my running before winter to be barefoot, but Bikilas are a great compromise between barefoot and sole protection.

As far as I know, it is still the case that City Sports on Boylston Street is the only place in the world to get Bikilas. It was great fun to head into Boston, on my birthday, hours after the Marathon to a store located a block from the finish. The place was bustling with spectators and marathoners.

First, they look great with the sort of swoshy styling that runners expect. Everyone I’ve shown them to, mostly when I was parading around work today, thought they were way cool. They also feel good in your hand. Nice and (more…)

What does Nike have to do with barefoot running?

April 17, 2010

I totally don’t get it. Wired Magazine reviewed the Nike Free Run+. First of all, what the hell does Wired know or have to do with running? Fine, I’m sure someone there runs. But let’s talk about the review. WTF do these shoes have to do with barefoot running?

I seriously don’t get it. The review claims that the shoes “simulate barefoot conditions.” How? Your feet aren’t bare, the soles are thick, the heels are muh higher than the ball.  Nike explains, “Deep cuts in the outsole mean your feet flex and move the way they would if you were barefoot.” What does that mean? I suppose I should try ’em before knocking, but the claim seems so outlandish, I’m not even inclined to try. I would love someone to explain this to me.

Another shot of Bikila

April 16, 2010

Vibram’s playing it low key, I guess, but the long awaited Bikila seems finally to be hitting the market. So far you’ll still find nothing on the Vibram site. But Birthday Shoes (a site dedicated to Vibram Five Fingers, but not associated with Vibram) reports that City Sports in Boston got a small shipment yesterday.

According the a comment from a guy who’d just bought a pair and taken them for a short run, “They are definitely a step closer to a traditional shoe than any other VFFs.” He describes that the soles are stiffer and thicker than other VFFs. Though I’m not completely put off, I was hoping this would not be the case; my complaint about my Flows is the lack of toe flex. Still all very exciting.