July 30, 2010

Learn to Run Barefoot with Lee Saxby

This is an amazing video with simple tips to improve your running form. Lee Saxby delivers easy-to-follow, easy-to-remember tips to make barefoot running fast to pick up.

And I love Evos, too. :)


July 28, 2010

Hiking in Evos #2

My second hike in Evos was on a trail near/on Moose Mountain in Southern Alberta. It was mostly gravel but some meadow, moss, bog, mud, dirt, and grass. We hiked mostly uphill for just over an hour and then back down. I had no concerns or issues with walking on all that gravel. The Evos handle it very well. And again, no problems with grip either.

I remember my calves were quite sore for the next two days. I'm just getting back into hiking and with all that uphill, it wasn't too surprising that I was feeling it the next day.

The Evos are an incredibly comfortable hiking shoe and I highly recommend them for anyone for almost any terrain.

Here are some pictures (there's only two because we spent more time hiking than taking pictures):

July 27, 2010

Hiking in Evos #1

Recently I started hiking in my Evos. I think they're great hiking shoes: they're light, flexible, grippy on dry terrain, and extremely comfortable.

This first hike is at a place called Sibbald Flats in Southern Alberta. The terrain is a mix of flat and hills, dirt, roots, grass, gravel, mud, and grass. I often couldn't help myself from running. :)

There are trees as far as the eye can see and the views of the Rocky Mountains are fantastic. The Evos were fantastic and performed excellently.

Here are some pictures (courtesy of my spouse):

Hiking in Evos #2 to follow tomorrow.

July 26, 2010

You are the Technology

Vibram FiveFingers launched a new microsite for the Bikila. It is as creative as it is informative as it is provocative. I love it!


You can click on the tattoos for more information, click on them again to return to the 'bigger picture', and click on the Vibram logo on the bottom left corner to return to the full screen view.

July 20, 2010

Barefoot Breakthrough - Completely Barefoot Running

After my foray into barefooting in the rain today, I thought that it is finally time that I try completely barefoot running outside. I've run barefoot before on an indoor track so today was a first attempt at running outside sans shoes.

I started out with my Evo shoes and Injinji socks as I was going to do a trail run. I ran out and back on the trails with my shoes and socks on. When I finished the trail part and was back on the road home, I decided it was time to take off the shoes.

I ran on smooth black top asphalt through one of the near neighbourhoods. It was great! I didn't really feel much difference in my running form other than I probably step a little lighter. Cadence and speed were probably the same (for the end of a long run). I did feel the ground more though (obviously). The little rocks and cracks didn't bother me until I got to a section of 'sidewalk' that cars used to drive on. It was too rough for my new-to-barefoot-running tender feet so I walked this section. When I got back to concrete sidewalk, I ran again and didn't have any problems.

It was a great experience and I think I'll try more of it. Again, I was surprised that my feet were clean when I got home. Hopefully my soles toughen up a bit more so I can run on some slightly rougher terrain. And I really want to try barefoot trail running (because trails are my favourite).

First Barefoot Walk in the Rain

Most days I walk to the mailbox completely barefoot. As I was about to step out my door today to see if my new review shoe packages have arrived yet, I saw that it was raining. I thought that today would be a good day for my first ever barefoot walk in the rain.

It was nice. The concrete right by my house was cold but the asphalt road was warm and wet. It wasn't uncomfortable in the slightest. My feet didn't get cold at all from all the water. And when I got home, my feet were clean. :)

I did feel kind of silly wearing my rain jacket and rain hat with no shoes, though. ;)

It was clearly time to try rainy barefoot walking because 10 minutes after I got home, the rain stopped.

(And sadly, no new review shoe packages yet. Even though I like barefooting, I still love trying new shoes to review for Living Barefoot.)

The Living Barefoot Podcast Show - Episode 18 Released

The latest episode of the Living Barefoot Show was released last night. Al and I interviewed Jimmy Tomczak, inventor of Paper-feet, paper-thin sandals made from reused billboard vinyl.

You can check out the show at: http://www.livingbarefoot.info/2010/07/the-living-barefoot-show-episode-18-we-interview-jimmy-from-paper-feet-com/

July 13, 2010

The Living Barefoot Podcast Show - Christopher McDougall Interview

The latest episode of the Living Barefoot Show (Episode 17) was released last night. Al and I had an absolute fabulous time interviewing author of Born to Run, Christopher McDougall. I read the book last March very shortly after the book was released. It was an honour and a pleasure to interview Chris.

You can check out the show at: http://www.livingbarefoot.info/2010/07/we-interview-christopher-mcdougall-author-of-born-to-run/

And the show has a new MP3 format right on the site (in addition to being available on iTunes).

July 7, 2010

Kigo Footwear Available in Canada

For all of us Canadians who have been wanting to order Kigo footwear in Canada, Fast Trax Ski and Run Shop in Edmonton, AB has just become the first distributor in Canada. Fast Trax is an excellent running store with a vast selection of minimalist footwear. They also ship shoes within Canada. I've been to Fast Trax many times and I am always impressed by the phenomenal staff.

To check out what Fast Trax has to offer, you can check out their website here.

In Kigo news, Kigo footwear will soon be offering two new models: the curv and the edge. The new models were produced in response to feedback from barefooters and minimalist shoe enthusiasts like you (and me)! I have the Kigo star and love them. I was wearing them today, in fact. :)

To see the new Kigo curv and edge, check out their website here.

July 6, 2010

Long Review - Vivo Barefoot Evo

My detailed review of Terra Plana's Vivo Barefoot Evo running shoe just went online on the Living Barefoot site. In short, I adore them! I've worn them every day since they arrived. They are so comfortable I've worn them for just about everything: short errands, long errands, walking around town, hiking on trails, and especially running. I have had absolutely no complaints or issues with them. I'm seriously considering buying another pair. :)

You can read the review at: http://www.livingbarefoot.info/2010/07/review-of-terra-planas-evo-running-shoe/

The Living Barefoot Podcast Show - Episode 16 Released

The latest episode of the Living Barefoot Show was released this morning. Al and I interviewed Dr. Daniel Howell, the 'barefoot professor' from Liberty University. Daniel's recently published Barefoot Book explains why he enjoys living barefoot and why shoes fall short.

You can check it out at: http://www.livingbarefoot.info/2010/07/we-interview-daniel-howell-author-of-the-barefoot-book-on-the-living-barefoot-show/