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 [...]


There are plenty of Minimalist Running articles that discuss the importance of running with little to no shoe. The main point typically can be summarized in three words: Less is more. In today’s article, we’re still going to focus on wearing less when you run. However, we won’t be talking about shoes. We’re going to focus [...]


(Barefoot) Running with Friends

by Editor on April 12, 2012

I have a confession. About a year ago, when I first started “barefoot running,” I wasn’t really running. I would jog occasionally, but really, for the most part, I was walking and hiking. Everything I had read about conditioning my feet told me it would take some time before I would be able to run [...]

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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 [...]


Naked Foot 5K Race Series Expands for 2012

by Editor on January 30, 2012

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It’s not just about the barefoot movement, it’s about the movement movement.   Something special happened six years ago on a bluebird snowboarding day. Two exercise physiology professionals named Lauren and Scott met in the single riders line, rode up (and down…and up and down) the mountain together and started something that has become a [...]


Those who follow current research in the categories of biomechanics, athletics and/or barefoot science are probably aware of the two study abstracts released recently by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Part of the National Institutes of Health, the NCBI is “a national resource for molecular biology information” dedicated to developing “new information technologies [...]


Testing the Theory: Shod vs. Barefoot Speed

by Editor on November 14, 2011

A few people have noted in various blogs and articles that runners who decide to go barefoot sacrifice speed. I set out to test the theory. Here’s what happened. Five years ago, I started racing. In my first race, the 2006 Cowtown Half Marathon (now the Urban Cow) in Sacramento, California, I set a 1:50:05 [...]


Some of you are aware that yours truly has two great jobs. One is as Managing Editor of this great blog. The other is as a co-founder and CMO of kigo footwear, a line of minimalist footwear for lifestyle and athletic wear (that’s why you’ll never see me doing a review – no conflict of [...]


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 [...]


The excellent UK-based running site RunNatural is focused on promoting all elements of natural running. The site covers topics spanning body movement, core stability, breathing technique as well as a natural and healthy lifestyle, general wellness and enjoyment of life. RunNatural is also dedicated to providing a forum for sharing experiences with like-minded people and learning [...]



by Editor on August 29, 2011

  For this installment of the Linchpin Series, Barefoot Running spoke to Brant, the founder of Branca Running from his home In Portland, Oregon, where he is currently attending chiropractic school (in addition to building his sandal empire). He informed us that he moved there recently from Utah, where got degree in exercise science. BR:  [...]

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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 [...]