Gear Reviews

Gear Review: ZemGear Terra Ninja Split Toes

by Editor on July 23, 2012

Ariele M. Huff   At 62, I run, play, and live barefoot and in minimal shoes.  Aside from running and walking, I play some outdoor sports like basketball, do yoga daily, and some martial arts. Those activities are done either barefoot, in Vibram Classic Frescas, or in minimal tennis shoes. I’ve never owned split toes but [...]

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I am 62 and have run barefoot off and on all my life in a number of situations and on various surfaces, recently especially forest trail, beach, and concrete. I run and walk in spurts with my dog at least five times a week and cover from one to five miles per day. My walking [...]

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Gear Review: Youth Vibram Five Fingers KSO

by Editor on May 29, 2012

Reviewer Profile My name is Sam; I’m 9 years old. When I started wearing these awesome shoes, it felt a bit uncomfortable. I usually wear a type of shoes called “Etnies”, but they are nothing compared to the Vibram Five Fingers KSOs. I can move my toes extremely well, and if you step on a [...]

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Gear Review – Vibram Five Fingers SeeYa

by Editor on April 9, 2012

Jordan Flowers – I am primarily a road runner. I shoot for 30-40 miles per week, consisting of 4-7 per day during the week and a 12-18 mile long run on the weekends. I do nearly all my running in a pair of Vibram Bikilas and have just recently started looking for something less padded. [...]

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Jordan Flowers is primarily a road runner who runs 30-40 miles per week, consisting of 4-7 per day during the week and a 12-18 mile long run on the weekends.  Jordan does most of his running in a pair of Vibram Bikilas and has recently started looking for something less padded. He races on average [...]

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In the summer of 2011, I experienced a somewhat awkward moment at my university. I had been enjoying running barefoot so much I decided to make it a lifestyle. Unfortunately, the university I work at is not, as I quickly found out, open to barefoot living, either on campus or in the classroom. I was [...]

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I prefer to be barefoot when I run. That being said, I have found a number of situations where some variety of foot covering is beneficial. In my shod running days I was a heel-striker. Even after two years of barefoot and minimalist running, when I wear my old running shoes at work (I’m a [...]

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Marathoner Review of Achiva Native Energy

by Editor on December 28, 2011

My name is Jordan Flowers and I was recently given the opportunity to try out a sample bag of Achiva Native Energy. As an avid distance runner, I was excited to add the drink into my diet and training regimen while preparing for an upcoming marathon. I’ve been consuming raw chia seed before daily runs [...]

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The 2011 Barefoot Running Gift Guide

by Editor on December 13, 2011

We asked our intrepid BF runners and yogis to weigh in on some of the items on their wish list this holiday season. No articles-for-samples coverage here. These are actual, useful items that our writers love, give and want as active barefoot enthusiasts. We hope you enjoy it, and get some great ideas! (And if [...]

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Footwear Review: Sockwa G2

by Editor on October 31, 2011

As a barefoot/minimalist runner, I run over 85% of my miles barefoot.  I am very particular about any “shoes” that I wear for a run.  In extreme weather (hot or cold), I will run in huaraches.  For very rugged trails or gravel levees I might wear Vibram KSOs.  The Sockwa G2 offers something in-between. When [...]

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Review of Invisible Shoes FeelTrue Huarache Sandal

by Editor on September 16, 2011

Reviewer Jordan Flowers is primarily a road runner who lays down 30-40 miles per week, consisting of 4-7 per day during the week and a 12-18 mile long run on the weekends. He tries to get into a race at least once a month, and currently is training to run his first marathon in December [...]

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Review of the New Branca Running Sandal

by Editor on August 25, 2011

Branca Running is one of the newest faces on the ‘barefoot’ sandal landscape. Launched in April 2011, the passionate, educated team is already introducing its second lines. We have provided some information about this hip youngster company, as well as a review and a special deal on their newest offering – leather sandals. (Say it with [...]

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Review – Luna Sandals Equus

by Editor on July 20, 2011

Jordan Flowers conducted this review in June and July 2011. He is primarily a road runner who shoots for 30-40 miles per week, consisting of 4-7 per day during the week and a 12-18 mile long run on the weekends. Jordan does nearly all his running in a pair of Vibram Bikilas and has just [...]

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The average price of a traditional running shoe from a mainstream running brand is between $85 and $95. The average price of a pair of barefoot shoes is $90-$120. The average mileage of a traditional running shoe from a mainstream running brand is 400 miles. An aqua shoe might get you 120 miles. A good minimalist [...]

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