Looking for Minimalist Footwear?

April 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Uncategorized 

Today I received an email asking for help in finding a certain type of footwear. Here’s the email.

I’m looking for new shoes and thought you might have some expert counsel? I’ve loved my New Balance Vibram Minimus for three years and am ready for a true barefoot experience–I think. I keep hearing about the FiveFingers, but can’t find them locally and am reluctant to order a pair without trying them on. I walk and do some cardio at the gym. Got any suggestions?

I told her that I get an email from a minimalist shoe website called Birthday Shoes. They have a free online newsletter with almost 5,800 subscribers. Check them out. Five Fingers are not for everyone. There are other very minimal shoes out there. The birthdayshoes.com website has most of them – and shoe some reviews too. They have 17 shoes companies represented on their website. Each review has a full report and photos of the shoes. Each review has comments from readers, which adds value. Definitely worth reading before you buy.

If you are in the market for minimalist shoes for trail running or just kicking around the yard, check out Birthday Shoes.

BirthdayShoes.com website header

BirthdayShoes.com website header

Your Spring Shoe Check

April 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Footwear, Sports 

Spring is here. The weather is turning and the days are longer thanks to the earlier day light saving’s time change. I, for one, love the longer daylight.

As the weather gets better, we look forward to spending more time outdoors. This is a good time to take a few minutes and check out your footwear. Haul them out and go over them, one pair at a time.

Check your shoes and/or boots for excessive sole wear, frayed shoelaces, torn uppers, lint and debris inside the shoes, flattened out insoles, and squished down midsoles. Any of these can cause problems as you change your gait in response to the worn shoes. More than your feet are affected. Changes move upward, affecting your ankles, knees, hips, and back. Don’t risk an injury because of worn out shoes.

Keep your feet happy with good footwear.

If you follow the shoe companies and read any of the popular running, backpacking, and outdoors magazines, or follow their websites, you know many have released new models. Check them out at your local store. There are some great new shoes being introduced. I’d bet one of them has your name on it.

%d bloggers like this: