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Posts Tagged ‘Barefoot Running’

After the book “Born to Run” was read by the masses interest in barefoot running was at an all time high.  A day did not go by that a customer did not come into my store asking about Vibram Five Finger shoes.  These glove like shoes were suppose to allow a runner to run as […]

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The days of the Vibram Five Fingers are done.  I used to hear “Have you read Born to Run” every day.   In that fictitious book there was a character called barefoot Ted that ran an ultra marathon in Vibram Five Finger shoes.  Yes I said shoes.  He did not run barefoot but in a […]

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It seems the barefoot running craze might have peaked.  Gone are the days of runners entering my store with that glazed look in their eye and the familiar phrase “have you read the book” referencing “Born to Run”.  They wanted nothing but the Vibram Five Finger shoe which promised to deliver them from all running […]

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I remember the days not so long ago when every runner proclaimed they needed motion control shoes. Customers used to come into my store explaining that they “over-” and needed “more stability”. Evidently no one overpronates any more. Instead of stability the answer is minimalist. “Do you have the toe shoes”, customers ask. “I heard they make you run better”. It would not be so frustrating except the same shoe companies that convinced you that stability was your friend and that motion control was the answer to all of your running woes are now touting the benefits of minimalist running shoes. They are all jumping on the bandwagon and trying to get in on the “barefoot” running craze. By the way very few runners are running barefoot.

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The world of running shoes is changing.  For years shoe companies and podiatrists shoved stability and motion control shoes down our throats promising us that these heavy cushioned clunkers would solve all of our running problems.  Got knee pain, here, where this motion control monster and your problem is solved.  They taught shoe store employee’s […]

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Merrell Pace Glove

It’s been three months since I got the Merrell Pace Glove and I absolutely love this shoe. The Pace Glove is the women’s version whereas the Merrell Trail Glove is the men’s version. I don’t run in it very often, but you’ll see me wearing it here at the store quite frequently. The Pace Glove […]

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Saucony Kinvara

The Saucony Kinvara is a fantastic looking shoe that doesn’t stand on looks alone. The Kinvara reminds me of a pretty women who turns your head, then hooks you with her incredible intelligence and wit. Depending on your preference, the Kinvara has the potential to be the total package. Its well-ventilated, lightweight (around 7.5 oz […]

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Terra Plana VivoBarefoot EVO

Terra Plana’s VivoBarefoot EVO is hands down an exceptional shoe. Terra Plana itself is a premium shoe manufacturer and their VivoBarefoot line is a very refined and very polished product. The EVO is the newest addition to the VivoBarefoot line and it’s a seriously fun shoe. The look of the EVO is really very distinctive. […]

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In the world of running shoes “less is more”. Less stability and less cushioning allow the runners foot to function more naturally in the early stages of a long run but also provide some cushioning and suipport in the later stages. Gimmicks, whether we are talking running shoes or abdominal machines are nonsense generated by companies to sell you……..nonsense! A shoe, or lack of a shoe will not prevent running injuries. Fact. Running injuries are casued by volume of running and intensity of running. If you run far enough or fast enough or long enough something will break regardless of what is on your feet. Proper training and conditioning can and will reduce risk and delay injury. Remember, “if it sounds to good to be true then……..you know the rest.”

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Dr. Victor Runco of the San Diego Running Institute illustrates the differences in a few of the minimalist running shoes compared to a standard running shoe.  This is in relation to our recent article on Minimalist Shoes.  

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Should I run barefoot?  Do I need a minimalist shoe?  Do I need more stability?  My doctor told me I need motion control.  These are all statements I hear daily from patients in my practice and customers in my running store.  In order to answer these and other questions I will need to explain what […]

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If your shoe looks like a shoe and has huge lugs sticking out the metatarsal area there is nothing barefoot or natural about it. If you are running around in a minimlist shoe great but you are not barefoot. Just admit it and jump off the bandwagon.

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