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Enjoying Your New Minimalist Running Shoes Tip #2 – Stretching

We’ve been talking about all the benefits that new runners have been experiencing with their new minimalist running shoes. First, we talked about how important it was as a new runner with minimalist running shoes that you take things slow at first. One of the fastest ways to end

Enjoying Your New Minimalist Running Shoes Tip #1 – Taking It Slow

So you decided to make the leap forward into the future of running by purchasing your very first pair of minimalist running shoes.  This is a very exciting time for you because you’ve been the type of runner who’s just always stuck to what you know and what’s worked

How Your Posture Improves With Minimalist Running Shoes

You should know that like every other part of your body, your feet benefit from exercise.  Remember that many exercises rely on an elastic yet steady hold from your feet and legs. That’s the reason the sole designs of minimalist shoes can help you do different kinds of exercises and g

Why Minimalist Shoes Are Not Just Another Fad

I overheard a couple days ago a shoe sales associate telling a customer that minimalist shoes, or toes shoes as he called them, were just a fashion fad. I really wanted to go over there and inform the misguided man that these shoes were not about fashion. But this is not the first tim

Trails That Have Never Been Hiked in Minimalist Boots

So, you’ve really broken in your minimalist boots. Your feet are used to the new gait and you’ve even tried a few strenuous, multi-day trails. But now you really want to do something that has never been tried before. You want to go somewhere that no man has ever gone befor

Traditional Shoes From Around The World

I’ve been writing about minimalist shoes for a while now and telling you why they are better than the athletic shoes that have been on the market since the ’60′s. I keep calling them traditional shoes, but I think that is a misnomer. I asked my VA, who’s from t

Minimalist Running Shoes Don’t Have To Separate Your Toes!

For a long time I have been avoiding the gym and hitting the roads instead. I found that gyms were to stifling for me, so I have just made an effort to keep active in my everyday life and get out into nature. However, now that weather has started affecting my workout routine, I’

Minimalist Shoes Popping Up Everywhere

It seems that everywhere I have been going lately, I have been seeing minimalist shoes. Some places seemed to catch on a little late, but seemed perfectly normal place for them to appear, like the gym. One would expect a place that caters to fitness to eventually realize that minimali

Minimalist Shoes In Developing Countries

After my foray into ‘traditional’ shoes around the world, I wondered how well minimalist shoes were doing in countries where true barefoot or minimalist-like traditional shoe lifestyles were being used. I looked around, but was not very surprised at my findings for the mos

How To Spot The Imposter Minimalist Shoe

With all the minimalist shoes flooding the market, how do you know what is the right one for you? Also, how can you even be sure if that shoe on the shelves is actually a true minimalist shoe? It’s easy to tell a real one from a fake when you’ve done your homework. Just because a shoe

How Do You Find The Best Hiking Boots?

There are different brands of minimalist boots available in the market. So how do you tell what is the best brand? How do you know if you are paying for a name and not for the best shoe? What companies to the experts consider the best? It can be dizzying just thinking about finding th

Best Places To Take Your Minimalist Hiking Boots for a Trial

You’ve recently got your minimalist hiking boots and you’ve been wearing them around the  house, a nearby trail, or even your local supermarket. You’ve gotten them broken in mostly. But you’ve read that you really need to get your feet used to using the new minimalist style before you

4 Ways Minimalist Boots Are More Comfortable

Minimalist boots were introduced to provide the hikers with the ‘barefoot’ feelings. There were many hikers that still prefer to go barefoot, but many want the experience, but want to protect their feet as well. So why are Minimalist Hiking Boots more comfortable than traditional hiki

3 Advantages of Minimalist Shoes

Minimalist shoes are basically used for comfortable, long distance running, but you can really use them for anything. But if you are a runner, they are almost a necessity.  They are like gloves for your feet. Here are some benefits of wearing minimalist shoes: (This list is by no way

4 Exercises Where Barefoot Shoes Come In Handy

When we hear the term barefoot or minimalist running shoes we automatically think of running, right? However, minimalist running shoes aren’t just for running. They can be used in almost any exercise where you will be using your feet. Just because you aren’t a runner doesn’t mean you

Top Four Trails to Hike in Minimalist Shoes

So often we think of hiking as something that we just do in the woods. Ours shoes, whether minimalist or traditional, are there to protect our feet from sticks, rocks hidden under a slime of leaves, and the occasional bug. But have you ever thought about hiking an exotic location in y

Kuuva: Minimalist Hiking Boots With Style

The trend of minimalist hiking boots is directly linked to the changing requirements of hikers. They want a comfortable feeling along with safety and pleasure associated with hiking. This has led to the introduction of minimalist shoes that are very comfortable, extraordinarily light

2 Reasons Your Feet Will Thank You If You Switch To Minimalist Running Shoes

When our ancestors started walking and running around to hunt and gather, they did it barefoot. As technology progressed, we learned to make footwear to protect our feet from the ground and all sorts of objects that we come across. However, it wasn’t until the mid-1960s that running s

Minimalist Hiking Boots, Getting Back To Nature

What is it about hiking that exhilarates you and makes you want to get back out onto the hiking trail?  Is it the fresh air that you find only in the mountains or deep in the woods? Is it the refreshing brisk walk that you get from being on the trail?  Or perhaps it’s the quiet

A Natural Case For Minimalist Running

Kristen Coppens, columnist for A Healthier Michigan, has published an article that highlights some of the benefits to minimalist running. We talk about this topic quite a bit here, and have covered the pros and cons of minimalist running, but I like how Kristen talks about the natural

More Is Less With Minimalist Hiking Boots

You’ve heard the saying before right… that less is more?  It’s a saying that finds it’s way into many facets of our lives and tells a tale of how doing less, having less, or producing less ends up netting us more. This same cute little saying can be applied to

Consistency Is Key To Minimalist Running Success

As it is with many activities, sports, and other disciplines in life, if you want to get good at it you simply have to invest the time and commitment to achieve your goals. And as anyone who knows what I’m talking about would agree, this commitment is not something that’s

Study Shows Minimalist Running Shoes Do More Good Than Traditional Running Shoes

Minimalist Running Shoes have been getting a bad rap from some sources, saying that the traditional running shoe is the safer way to go.  But recent studies are proving otherwise. A 2010 study led by Daniel Lieberman, a professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University, su

Strategy For Breaking In Your Minimalist Running Shoes

So you are now the new, proud owner of your first pair of minimalist running shoes and you’re ready to slip em’ on, lace em’ up tight, and head out for your first 5 mile’r… right? Wrong! We are super excited that you are now one of the few, the proud, the

Making The Most Of Your Minimalist Hiking Boots

Minimalist hikers are the type of the people who are really looking to get more out of their experience on the trail.  Because the minimalist hiker prefers to be “more in touch” with the earth beneath their feet, and because they are looking to find more enjoyment, satisfa

3 Tips For The New Minimalist Runner

Minimalist running shoes are a great way for any runner to start experiencing a new level of strength, stamina, and endurance with their running.  With the popularity of minimalist running shoes taking on a whole new level, the research and development is showing that runners who use

The Reasons for Choosing a Minimalist Running Shoe

No doubt that body structure, efficiency and skills of a runner are the most important factors of running. But, beside the above stated issues there are some other factors that affect the form or pattern of running as well. The design of running shoes is a factor that can equally affe

The Best Thing About Minimalist Boots

Minimalist boots were introduced to provide the hikers with the ‘barefoot’ feelings. One very unique feature that distinguishes minimalist boots from other typical boots is the thinner sole of the boots. The lower part of the shoe is made up in a way that the hikers can feel every sub

The Style & Fashion of Minimalist Running Shoes

I’ve heard many people complain that they are turned off by the style of minimalist footwear. However, I really don’t understand what they are talking about. Minimalist shoes offer a broad range of styles, just like traditional shoes. Previously, we already dismissed the m

Kuuva: The Modern Minimalist Hiking Boots

Minimalist hiking boots differ from normal or typical boots because the sole of the shoe is thinner. This makes the user more aware of everything under his or her feet. Whether it is a pebble, a twig, or even a small amount of sand, you will feel each grain being pushed under your fee

Hitting The Trail With Minimalist Hiking Boots, 4 Things To Consider

Are you getting ready to hit the trails this coming weekend with a hot new pair of minimalist hiking boots?  If so, you more than like aren’t going to be alone.  Barefoot hiking boots – otherwise known as minimalist hiking boots – are a fast growing trend among trail

Considering Barefoot Running Shoes? Make The Transition Slow

Barefoot Running Shoes So are you part of the growing movement of runners that are considering switching to minimalist (or barefoot) running shoes?  If so, then you are definitely in good company because the trend is growing quickly across the United States.  The logic behind making t

Hiking The Appalachian Trail Barefoot

Have you ever considered hiking the Appalachian trail? The cool mountain air rustling your hair, the crisp springs bubbling in the background. One of my goals in life is to hike the Appalachian Trail. With my new found love of minimalist shoes, I have been researching the best boots f

Barefoot Running in the 2012 Olympics

Did you know that several Olympic champions have run barefoot? In the 1960 Olympics in Rome and the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, two barefoot runners set records and caught the world’s attention with their bare feet. In the 1984 Olympics, Zola Budd, an inspiring barefooted teen

Toe Shoes vs Minimalist Shoes

I know plenty of people that can’t stand flipflops because something sitting between their toes is irritating. So the thought of a athletic shoe with separate slots for each toe repulses them. They refuse to try minimalist running shoes because minimalist, in their minds, is syn

Your First Pair of Minimalist Running Shoes

When you get your first pair of minimalist shoes, you may want to just throw them on and go for a 10 mile run. But before you go full swing, follow these few simple steps to ensure that your experience will be the best possible. The first thing to keep in mind is the length of time yo

Benefits of Minimalist Hiking Boots

Do you want to feel as close to the trail as possible with out running completely barefoot? Well pay attention minimal hikers because minimalist hiking boots are the answer; not only do they allow you to really feel the trail beneath your feet they also provide many benefits to both m

Minimalist Running Shoes – The New Trend In Barefoot Running

The New Trend in Running Shoes Minimalist running shoes are the new catching trend among avid runners. These specialty shoes help reduce the risk of chronic injuries secondary to the repetitive motion from running in the traditionally thick padded shoes that most of us are used to. Th

Why Barefoot Hikers Should Consider Minimalist Hiking Boots

As an avid hiker, I love nothing more than to get out into the woods and out on the trail to experience the great outdoors.  I love the sensation of becoming one with nature.  It’s like going back to the roots of my humanity and finding peace and serenity among the craziness of

Naked Foot 5k Sheds More Light on Barefoot & Minimalist Running

One of the more striking features of the demographic that makes up this year’s Naked Foot 5k run in Maryland’s Meadowbrook Park is the presence of runners who have since given up running because of injuries. However, because of the emergence (and attention) being brought o

How Minimalist Hiking Boots Can Make You Stronger

That’s a bold statement, I know!  How in the world could a pair of minimalist hiking boots actually make you stronger? I mean, aren’t we just talking about a pair of hiking boots that have a thinner sole and lighter overall material compared to traditional hiking boots? Ye

Minimalist Runners vs. Traditional Runners, The Debate Rages

There’s no question that the minimalist running movement is picking up steam.  Nearly ever week I’m able to find numerous articles throughout the United States that talks about how more and more runners are starting to make the switch to the minimalist running lifestyle. F

Extreme Hiking: The Barefoot Hikers of Minnesota

Soles in Touch with Nature is their moto, and getting out on the trail to do some barefoot hiking is what this group is all about.  The Barefoot Hikers of Minnesota take the concept of minimalist hiking to the extreme – they actually hit the trails 100% barefoot.  That’s r

Minimalist Running Shoes: A Success Story In The Making

For Shelley Noland, a runner who’s logged 14 marathons to date, is fully convinced of the fact that minimalist running shoes are the fix she’s been looking for in her running.  You see, 34 year old Noland consistently puts in 50 – 60 miles a week in her running routi

4 Tips For Minimalist Hikers

When it comes to avid hikers, getting out into the open air, coming closer to nature, and being more in touch with the environment are some of the most important attributes.  But for those of you who are looking to get even more in touch with nature, and have a closer experience with

Minimalist Running Revolution Is Showing Up In Atlanta

Whatever the cause may be, there is certainly no denying the fact that across the great city of Atlanta, minimalist runners – and pure form barefoot runners – are showing up more and more often in everything from 5K’s to marathons. Atlanta’s 11Alive Julie Wolfe

Minimalist Running Shoes Will Actually Help Strengthen Your Feet

This whole minimalist running movement doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.  As more and more people are inquiring about the benefits to barefoot running, and people are buying up minimalist running shoes, this is causing researchers to start taking a deeper look into t

Barefoot Running Business Is Booming

When it comes to the barefoot running business, according to Colin McKean, the manager of Run Away shoes in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, business is booming.  That’s right folks, and you thought barefoot running was just a fad! But let’s define, quickly, what we are referring t

3 Tips For The Minimalist Hiker

Minimalist hiking, or as some people refer to it “barefoot hiking”, is a the latest trend with hikers that are wanting to get back to nature and have a deeper experience while out on the trail.  The minimalist hiker is probably the sort that has grown tired and weary of th

Minimalist Running At It’s Best

You are the type that’s been running with regular, thick cushioned sole running shoes forever, but you wanted to start getting more out of your running experience.  You’ve heard a lot about the new trend in barefoot running and also minimalist running.  Barefoot running se