Monday, May 16, 2011

New Barefoot Kicks

On days when I have to do a bit of walking or hiking my dressy Chruch's brand shoes however fashionable don't quite cut it in the endurance comfort department. Just the other day while doing a bit of shopping I spotted the Merrell Trail Glove at a local outdoors store.

I've been keen on the "barefoot running/walking" fad since the release of the Vibram Five Fingers shoes. Unfortunately my footwear design studying fiance considers them the most hideous footwear on the planet short of anything made by Crocs. Luckily there exists a few alternatives; the Nike Free shoes, Vivo Barefoot shoes, the Feelmax shoes. The pair I've been sporting are the Merrell Trail Glove in the ninjaesque black/molten lava color scheme.

It does take a while to get used to the way you walk/run in them, it shy's away from the heel toe action we're all so used to and encourages a more flat running stance, which should help lessen impact injuries and improve your posture. The whole concept of barefoot running/walking is to go back to a more natural running style, which makes you feel more at one with your surroundings but also helps take the strain off your leg muscles.

21 comments:

  1. awesome! They sound really good. Girl shoes never have any comfort or support, time to invent some! :-)

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  2. I dont think that I would like to go barefoot running lol. Good post.

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  3. Nice shoes! I need to grab a pair of these shoes :D

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  4. couldnt you just wear like thick socks instead of expensive shoes? or get some Indian moccosins ? those things are basically leather socks. might as well be bare foot.

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  5. nice looking shoes!

    +following

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  6. You should give adiddas a try I'm not sure of the model name, but you can look it up I guess :]

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  7. I've been meaning to get some Vibrams for a while now.

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  8. For me comfort and quality is much more important than the "amazing" exterior of a shoe. That's why I like to wear such shoes or sneakers.

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  9. lol interesting looking shoes, 5 fingers

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  10. I've thought about getting some, but I heard they were expensive :(

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  11. Barefoot running in shoes? Mate I tried that once and it was so very uncomfortable... not sure what it was about it but your feet still sweat a little. Not to mention your shoes would smell like a giant's arse haha

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  12. I've never heard about this Vibram Five Fingers shoes befeore. Are they very expensive?

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  13. Puma fuego are the best shoes I have ever had in my entire life, and they are not expensive at all less than 100 usd I think, also very cool designs

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  14. Interesting but im thinking i will pass on this one.

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  15. These are interesting, but I am not getting these, they look funky.

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  16. Those Vibrams are hot sh*t right now. My friend works at a climbing/outdoor gear shop that sells them and they are back-ordered for weeks.

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  17. let me say, your fiancé is god damn right.

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  18. I've always been interested to try those types of shoes out. just gotta save enough money to get some!

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  19. I've heard incredible things about Vibrams, I really want a pair

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  20. So this idea of barefoot running is good for you? I always find running to be such a painful activity but I need to try and make myself do it because I really need to get into better shape. Perhaps this more natural shoe idea would be beneficial and not cause body so much pain.

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