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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 your exciting venture with these new minimalist running shoes is to overdo yourself at first and either burn out or end up injuring yourself along the way.  So it's important that you take things slow at first. Stretching is important with new minimalist running shoes The next tip that we'd like to share about your new minimalist running shoes is to make sure you stretch adequately before each run.  This might seem obvious, I know.  And it's something that you should really be doing before each and every run regardless of what kind of running shoes you are wearing.  But with minimalist running shoes it's critically important that you make [...]

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 for you in the past, and you've probably never been much of a person to take on dramatic change - especially when it comes to your running. But when it comes to your running shoes, the traditional running shoe has recently started to feel heavy, almost like it's slowing you down a bit.  And you haven't really noticed too much change lately in the increase of your running times, or improvement in your overall strength and endurance.  These are some of the reasons you've probably made the leap into your new minimalist running shoes, and I can assure you that you aren't going to be disappointed. As a new runner [...]

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 give you more comfort. Your feet can move surprisingly well and bend easily in minimalist shoes.  But did you know that if you use minimalist shoes that your posture will get better as well? We all know that any regular exercise will help you with your postures. A good posture will help you with many health problems in your life, especially with later in life diseases like osteoporosis.   When you wear supportive and comfortable shoes, it will help to reduce back and neck pain. One reason that people claim to have poor posture is that their back or neck hurt.  Also, minimalist shoes, with their low or zero drop heal, make sure that you [...]

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 time I have heard these accusations. Some people think that the shoes are just a fashion craze. While others believe, what I believe is actually more insidious, is that these shoes are a health fad. These people compare minimalist shoes to fad diets like Atkins that turn out to be bad for your health in the long run. But minimalist shoes, while some people may only be wearing them for fashion reasons, are really here to stay.  Discovering that traditional running shoes are hard on your feet is more like discovering that trans fats are bad for you. Making minimalist shoes is more kin to making antibiotics for viral infections. There was a problem [...]

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 before. And since the moon has been taken, there are still a few places on earth where no man has ever hiked. Seriously! Mount Kailash - This is a holy mountain in Tibet. The reason that this path hasn’t been touched is not because it is impossible, but because it is considered consecrated ground and unfit for humans to travel. Probably not a great place to go if you value international relations, but the 32 mile path that goes around it may be an option for you. The Ring of Fire - If you’re a geography buff or remember your high school class, you may know about this area of the earth. The ring of fire is a [...]

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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 the Philippines, about traditional shoes in her country. Perhaps it was just a regular language issue, but her response got me to thinking about what shoes used to be like before the '60's and are still like is some countries around the world.  So I went looking for 'traditional' shoes from around the world. And what I found was that many of them have many things in common with minimalist shoes. The traditional footwear of Pakistan is khussa. People have been wearing them for centuries.  The fashion of wearing khussas remains stable all the year round. People mostly like to wear them with traditional dressings for example Kurta Shalwar and Dhoti. In Japan, geta, zori and [...]

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've returned to the gym. Before I left the gym, I rarely saw anyone wearing minimalist shoes. I guess that may have been part of the reason that I left in the first place. I got tired of people asking me about my “toe shoes.” Yesterday when I returned to the gym, I found that there were many people in the gym that were also wearing minimalist shoes. Even one of the trainers was wearing them. I got on the bike and started peddling. My neighbor, who was wearing a beautiful pair of minimalist mesh running shoes, strikes up a conversation. “You know,” she pointed to my shoes, “Those [...]

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 minimalist shoes are better for your health all the way around. And then occasionally you will see them on someone that you wouldn't expect, like the old lady in the grocery store wearing a pair of VFFs. And you are starting to see them on all of the nation’s sidewalks. But today, I saw them a whole section of them in a local discount clothing store. I guess with the shoe style becoming so popular, everyone wants to get in on the action. Most shoe companies nowadays have some sort of minimalist shoe. But you really need to be careful about the minimalist shoes that you buy from mainstream traditional shoe companies. While many of these shoes [...]

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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 most part. But I was surprised to learn that developing countries who have a higher percentage of barefoot runners, have a lower rate of injuries. In countries were many people already go barefoot, the adoption rate of minimalist shoes is a little lower. There may be several reasons behind this trend. 1. People already run barefoot. While they know the benefit of running barefoot or minimalist, their feet are tougher from consistent barefoot use. 2. Minimalist shoes are often more expensive than running shoes and are much more expensive than going barefoot. 3. There is not as much marketing going towards these markets, so there is less awareness. But one thing seems for certain, developing countries seem [...]

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 has one or two of these elements doesn’t make them minimalist either. I recently saw shoes that advertised itself as minimalist. It said that it could help improve your gait by placing the emphasis on the front and middle of your foot, which is what minimalist shoes do. However this shoe claimed to do it by placing a lot of padding underneath the arch. Minimalist shoes place the emphasis on your foot in the middle and front instead of heel by nixing the padding altogether. Your foot does this naturally. A minimalist shoe should just protect your feet from the elements, not [...]

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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 the right minimalist show, but boots are even harder. It difficult to find a hiking boot with all of the qualifications for hiking. Goo support, water resistant, able to be warm. Feelmax is one of the most popular brands that make the most supportive and comfortable minimalist boots on the market today. There products have answered the call to all the necessities that a hiker needs in their boots. One of the products Feelmax marketing currently is the Kuuva. The Kuuva is supportive, comfortable, and even stylish. The best thing about Kuuva is it gives the hikers the perfect barefoot feeling with its 2.5 mm rubber soles. Feelmax boots are usable in [...]

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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 go all out and have a 60 day Appalachian trail outing. Well, luckily for you there are some paths great paths that are in between the well-worn one from your kitchen to the table and the grueling 12 day Scandinavian tundra trail. Check out these one day trails: The Grand Canyon: You can walk around the Grand Canyon in Arizona pretty easily. It’s a good way to break in your shoes and your feet on different, uneven terrain. It’s a pretty easy hike and you can do at pretty much any fitness level any time of the year. You can even bring your kids. Olympic National Park: If you’re in the mood for [...]

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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 hiking boots? Thinner sole: 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 substance under their feet. The soft lining: Many would say that it's because of its soft lining and the right placement of its pad.  Usually the inner side of these boots is spacious enough to fit the toes of the hikers. In regular hiking boots sometimes your toes can feet can become claustrophobic in their tight quarters. Light weight design: The lighter the boots are the better they are for the hikers. Less weight means that there is less [...]

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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 exhaustive)They offer the right of protection from the elements while still allowing you the use of your feet.  This, of course, make running easier and less tiring.   These are the best shoes for running as they do not put any pressure on your heal.  Wearing minimalist shoes is equivalent to be barefoot. That is why they are more comforting for people who regularly go running.  The muscles of the body get stronger if you wear less bulk on the bottom of your feet.  The body adopts to the situation easily and gains strength. One of the best ways to prevent injuries is to have a strong muscle base. Minimalist shoes can help you [...]

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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 can’t benefit from barefoot shoes. Check out these everyday exercises that can benefit from minimalist footwear. Mall Walking: When you visit the mall, I am sure that you have seen people walking around in a hurry with athletic shoes avoiding looking at all the goodies on display in the store windows. During winter moths this activity is especially popular and free. Actually any kind of walking, whether it be on the street, beach, or in a mall can benefit from the corrective action of minimalist footwear. Dancing: Dancing is one of the most fun forms of exercise on the market today. And with the advent of popular exercise dance classes like [...]

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 your minimalist shoes? I’m not just talking about the Appalachian Trail or the Grand Canyon here. Take a look at some of these extreme trails where minimalist footwear my come in handy. Petra, Jordan: Do you remember Indiana Jones and that beautiful city in the desert carved out of a rock face, hidden from the world? Well, it’s not so hidden anymore. Tour buses bring people by the dozen to view it. Instead opt for the 50 mile, seven day hike through the rocks to a private viewing of the monastery carved out of the rock or many of the other grand features in the area. Bay of [...]

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 weight and supporting for longer running and hiking. These are quite different from everyday shoes and are specially designed for the purpose they serve. Minimalist hiking boots have a very thin sole. This gives a feeling of barefoot walking and the wearer is able to feel each and every part of land he moves on. They are usually loose and large sized to support the easy movement and expansion of feet. There are many good brands serving this market and Feelmax is one of them. They have a special minimalist hiking boot that is known as Kuuva. Many of the users find it the best minimalist hiking boot option that is top class in quality and [...]

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 specific shoes were created by a company then known as Blue Ribbon Sports (which in 1978 became Nike). Nike created a new trend for the running shoe: increase in cushioning, adding pronation control and giving it more stability and weight. The advancement in the running shoe technology led to increasingly high-tech shoes with more and more cushioning and support that may have done more harm than good. Running with full-sized shoes does increase the support and cushion to the foot, but the pain and stress is transferred elsewhere. The elevated heels and extra weight of these shoes cause most runners to heel strike (heel hitting the ground first), which causes additional [...]

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 peace that you find when you are isolated from all the noise in the world. Whatever it is, for the avid hiker, the trail is always beckoning you back. That is becoming a picture that is commonly found among minimalist hikers as well - that beckoning back to a deeper level of experience while hiking, and becoming closer to nature while hiking. It's something that is difficult to attain while wearing the traditional hiking boot, mostly due to their  thick soles and heavy weight. Minimalist hiking boots are a trend that's growing among both hikers and inclement weather runners, i.e. those who run in [...]

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 benefits that unfold as a result of minimalist running. Now, a lot of people refer something called barefoot running. Which is, obviously, running with out any shoes on whatsoever.  But the reality is that the majority of people who are active in what's called barefoot running are actually running with minimalist running shoes. These are the shoes that are ultra light, ultra thin, and give you the sensation of actually running barefoot - without actually being barefoot. Some of the benefits that occur naturally for minimalist runners, as Kristen so eloquently points out, are that nerve endings are at a heightened level which causes you to run with much better posture and sloppily (love that [...]

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 the new trend of minimalist hiking.  And more specifically, to the experience of hiking in minimalist hiking boots. So to bring it all together in one phrase, less is proving to be more when it comes to minimalist hiking boots! What does mean exactly, and how is "less actually more" when it comes to minimalist hiking boots? Great question. With a great pair of minimalist hiking boots, like the Kuuva from Feelmax, you actually will get a lot more out of your hike than you would with a pair of traditional hiking boots. First, minimalist hiking boots will allow you to experience more of mother-nature while hiking.  Because the [...]

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 done in the short term - it's a long term commitment to achieving success. It's no different when it comes to minimalist running, and adapting your running style to your new pair of minimalist running shoes. The debate rages on about whether or not minimalist or barefoot running shoes are a good thing or bad. Yet, statistics continue to show that the minimalist running trend continues to grow. The reason? Simple. Because the people who prove that minimalist running shoes produce better results than traditional running shoes are making their points by being committed to their running schedule, and investing the time and energy into their workouts. If these [...]

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, suggested traditional running shoes may do more harm than good. While more research is needed, preliminary findings theorize running barefoot could significantly reduce one’s risk for injury. Robinson said that damage to the iliotibial band is among the most common running-related injuries. The iliotibial band, more commonly known as the IT band, is the tissue that runs along the outer thigh and knee and offers stability to the knee as it moves. Injury occurs when it is overused due to consistent heel strikes while running. An argument for minimalist running shoes? The question here is, does this mean we have an argument that says minimalist running shoes are in fact more healthy for your body than traditional [...]

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 committed runners who are making the switch to the minimalist running lifestyle, but there's a right way and wrong way for going about breaking yourself into your new shoes - and your new lifestyle. Let's first talk about the wrong way to go about breaking in your minimalist running shoes. 1)  Moving too fast What exactly do I mean by moving too fast?  I mean, if you've never ran in a pair of minimalist running shoes then you need to take er' slow.  Running in minimalist running shoes is much different than the traditionally thick soled running shoes that you are used to. You need to move [...]

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, satisfaction, and exhilaration from their hiking experience, more than likely they are always trying to find better ways to have a more enjoyable hiking experience. The ultra thin soles of the minimalist hiking boot allows the hiker to experience more of the ground beneath their feet, giving them a sensation they are almost walking barefoot on the trail.  Yet with a high quality minimalist hiking boot like the Kuuva from Feelmax, you'll not only get the sensation of barefoot hiking, but you'll also have more protection and stability. Making the most of your minimalist hiking boots means your hiking boots have to be able to deliver at all levels.  They must have a [...]

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 these shoes can experience substantial benefits to their overall health. When it comes to minimalist runners, especially new runners who are just now starting to explore this new world of running, there are a few things to be cautious and aware of.  Most of these would be common sense to someone who's considering purchasing minimalist running shoes, but they are important enough to cover nonetheless. 3 Tips for the New Minimalist Runner #1:  Take things slow at first As it is with nearly anything that's physically new to you as an athlete, you should always break into the "new" slowly.  This is especially true when it comes to making a switch from [...]

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 affect the speed and form of running. Passionate runners always looks for shoes that makes them feel comfortable, have good support, and doesn’t have any risk of having injury for running. Minimalist running shoes, in this sense, should be the number one choice for all runners. Minimalist running shoes provides runners with the ultimate barefoot feeling. The features of minimalist shoes fit the best with dedicated runners. A minimalist shoe is always much lighter in weight compared to other typical running shoes. Due to the lighter weight of the shoe, a runner feels more comfortable while running. There is enough space in the inner side of the shoes to [...]

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 substance under their feet. Minimalist boots are usually soft and light-weight, and as a result, more supportive and comfortable for the hikers. Why are minimalist boots are so comfortable? Many would say that it's because of its soft lining and the right placement of its pad. Usually the inner side of these boots is spacious enough to fit the toes of the hikers. So, there is no risk of feeling discomfort due to not having enough space for your toes to wiggle. Again there is lace in the boots so that you can tie the laces in a way that gives you the most comfort. The weight of the boots [...]

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 myth that all minimalist shoes were toe shoes. So now, we're going to dispel the myth that minimalist running shoes are ugly. First thing to remember is that not all shoes were created for every person. Just because you don't like a particular style, doesn't mean someone else won't like it. With that in mind, many minimalist shoes are designed not only to be comfortable but also appealing. Now you can be adventurous, closer to nature, and stylish. These shoes have the look that literally shouts your love for adventure. The biggest plus of minimalist shoes? You can feel the comfort that these shoes offer and how at ease your foot is when you wear them. [...]

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 feet as you move along. Minimalist boots are also designed to be a little loose compared to normal boots. This is because the thinner sole puts more pressure on the foot itself. To provide the user with comfort during this process, the shoe is designed to be a little loose so as not to hinder the expansion process. One of the most popular brand of minimalist hiking boots is Feelmax, so named because the wearer will be able to maximize the feeling of the natural environment (similar to when one is walking barefoot) while maintaining a sense of comfort. Whether you are a professional hiker or [...]

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 hikers throughout the world. Hikers are definitely into getting closer with nature, and are looking for ways to get more in touch with the trail and their environment as they are on their hikes.  And minimalist hiking boots facilitate this in a lot of different ways. When considering hitting the trails in your minimalist hiking boots, there are few things that you need to keep in mind.  Safety of course is always at the forefront of anything you do when it comes to hiking.  But for those who are wearing minimalist hiking boots, you need to be even more alert with what you are doing. 4 Things to Consider While [...]

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 the decision to switch to minimalist running shoes (or barefoot running shoes) is driven, by most anyway, by the hopes that wearing the thin running shoes will strengthen your feet, increase positive posture while running, all while combining to turn you into a stronger, faster runner.  And by most research up to this point, all points to these claims being true. However, when someone is considering making the switch to minimalist running shoes from the traditionally thick soled running shoes that we all know, you need to keep a few things in mind.  First and foremost, you want to ensure that you don't injure yourself while making the switch to minimalist running shoes. [...]

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 for such a project. I think Kuuva, by Feelmax, offers me a good alternative to traditional hiking boots. They offer the same benefits as the traditional boots, like ankle support and waterproofing, and minimalist shoes, like a zero drop heel and light-weight design. These boots provide me with the closet barefoot experience possible. I'm not going to do complete barefoot because I am a wimp. I don't like my feet getting dirty, I am far to use to comfort, and I've had too many pedicures for my feet to be tough enough to withstand months of barefoot hiking. I have lots of respect for those that do hike barefoot. I [...]

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 from South Africa, tangled up those trademark bare feet with those of American athlete Mary Decker. Decker fell off the track from the collision and an injury to her hip ended her dream of winning an Olympics. Budd, whose bare feet had been leading the pack, fell back so she would not have to face a booing audience from the winner’s platform. Even with that unfortunate race, Budd was the world cross country champion in 1985 and 1986, set world records in the 5K races in 1984 and 1985, and set the world indoor record in the 3K. Budd achieved all of this while running barefoot. Abebe Bikila ran in the 1960 [...]

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 synonymous toe shoes. “Why on Earth, even despite all the benefits, would I ever wear a shoe that separates all of my toes when I can't even stand a flipflop?” I even asked this question myself when I discovered barefoot running shoes. I can wear flipflops without cringing, but the thought of individually nestled toes was not appealing. Well, the answer isn't in giving more benefits or telling people that you just get used to it. The answer is in the definition. Minimalist doesn't mean your toes have to be separated. You can have all the benefits of minimalist footwear without having to put something between your toes. Minimalist shoes like the Osma by [...]

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 you wear the shoes initially.  Just like you should do with any new running shoes, your work outs must be established slowly. Before you attempt to use them for a long period, you should initially use the Feelmax minimalist shoes for short periods so the foot can become comfortable with the different level of support. Your feet have been stuck in an unnatural position in modern shoes most of their lives. Change, even good change, can be a hard at first. Don't overtax your feet. Second, when you try on your shoes, try to notice the difference. Take note of the positioning and actions of your feet in [...]

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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 minimal hikers and runners. One perk of minimalist hiking boots of course is that they allow you to be one with nature and to truly experience the earth at a deeper level only without the danger. Minimal hiking boots make it possible to feel the various textures of the earth while still keeping your feet safe. The minimal feel is made feasible through the technology that allows for the minimalist hiker to feel the ground with a thin but still sturdy rubber sole. Barefoot hiking boots or minimalist hiking boots are unlike ordinary hiking boots not only because they let you experience nature with your feet but because of [...]

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. The "minimalist running shoe" trend is growing so much that marathon runners are now embracing these barefoot running shoes to decrease the unnecessary stress upon the heals and balls of their feet from prolonged running. Why Make The Switch? There are multiple reasons for switching to minimalist running shoes. For example, these shoes create a more efficient stride that in effect improves a runner's speed, running form, and helps to reduce overall injuries. Wearing these barefoot shoes can help strengthen the muscles of your feet, your ankles, and legs to help support your body when you run. The collective strengthening of these muscles encourages more balance and untapped strength. Also, the efficiency [...]

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 life.  I'm especially find of early morning hikes when the dew from the ground may just be lifting up beyond the tree tops and there is still moist dew covering the foliage.  The world seems so quite during these times and during these hikes. The other day when I was out hiking with some friends, I discovered that one of my buddies was actually going barefoot for our hike.  I thought that was pretty interesting and so I inquired as to what he was thinking - why did he decide to go barefoot for this hike?  He said he wanted to experience the earth at a [...]

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 on by barefoot and minimalist runners - and the growing evidence that it does in fact help you become a stronger runner - more runners are showing up at these barefoot running events wearing nothing on their feet at all, or wearing a pair of minimalist running shoes. According to racing officials, over 450 runners joined in the Naked Foot 5k to experience the fun and joy of running barefoot, or gaining the same experience with barefoot running shoes. And as amazing as it is, these runners showed up because most of them have been unable to battle through injuries they incurred 10 or 20 years ago. Here are some comments made by those [...]

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? Yes, ...yes we are.  But what's relatively unknown (although this is changing fast) about the minimalist hiking movement is that the super thin soles, and super light weight of the hiking boot can actually deliver profound health benefits. The health benefits of minimalist hiking boots For starters, minimalist hiking boots can help to strengthen muscles in your feet and legs that you never even knew existed. Because of the thin soles, your foot and no longer supported with the thick cushions of the more traditional hiking boot.  And as your foot strikes the ground, your foot will expand and contract more dramatically than it would with normal hiking boots. This "expanding and [...]

By | June 28th, 2012|Categories: Blog, Feelmax Shoes, Products & Services|Tags: , |0 Comments

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. For the avid runner, the biggest draw (from what I've been reading) has been the possibility that minimalist running will elevate the runner to a new level.  Lot's of runners get to a point where they hit a plateau, a point where they don't feel like they are advancing or improving in their running.  Every runner strives to go further, faster, and feel stronger or more in shape.  And when someone who's been running for a while gets to that point, they are more likely to start searching out answers or remedies to help them break through. For many of these runners, the minimalist running shoe has been the answer. Why?  You ask... Well, you [...]

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 right, they are a hiking group that wears absolutely no shoes whatsoever. Soles in Touch with Nature (visit their website), currently have 43 members where about 25% of them show up each month for their 3 mile hikes.  And the group seems to pride themselves on the fact that they aren't wearing any shoes, not even the hot new minimalist hiking boots. "People usually have one of two reactions when they hear about us," said coordinator Jim Guttmann, an engineering manager from Lakeville. "That sounds cool, or that sounds weird. But being able to feel the ground beneath you adds another sensory dimension to the hike." What if you're a literal tenderfoot? "Folks [...]

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 routine and by all sense of the term, she is an avid marathoner with 14 current marathons under her belt. But Noland hit a wall in her running, a plateau if you will, as she started to experience constant knee related problems.  The problems with her knees continued unresolved until one day she decided to try out the new minimalist running shoes she's been hearing so much about.  Over the next 2 months, Noland re-learned her technique in running.  Because minimalist running shoes are so thin and light, it requires any runner to slowly adopt the new style. The switch, however, has been a game changer to Noland.  "Before, I [...]

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 the earth as you hike, then minimalist hiking might be what you are looking for. Minimalist hiking, sometimes referred to as barefoot hiking, is when the hiker opts for hiking boots that are substantially thinner and lighter than the heavy duty traditional hiking boots.  High quality minimalist hiking boots will, like the Kuuva by Feelmax, will be tough, durable, made from super high quality material, and will even keep the hiker's feet warm during cold, inclement weather. When it comes to heading out on the trail with your new minimalist hiking boots, there are some things you'll want to keep in mind.  Below I'll share 4 [...]

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 caught up with a runner in Atlanta who is adopting the new minimalist running lifestyle.  Woody Dover, who was getting ready for his running in downtown Decatur when Wolfe finally caught up with him, says that "I'm sure I get some crazy looks, but I really don't pay attention", referencing the fact that he's running barefoot this particular morning. Perhaps as a result of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, the book that takes you deep into a Mexican tribe made up of ultra marathoner's who run with none, or minimal, shoes on their feet, or perhaps by a small group of runners who [...]

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 the world of barefoot running.  Or as it's sometimes referred to, minimalist running. Paul Gough, from The Northern Echo has made his conclusion, as many before him are making, that barefoot (or minimalist) running does indeed have its benefits.  The main benefits that you'll gain from barefoot running appear to be endless, according to Gough - less pressure on the knees, learn to run properly and efficiently, improve your balance and even save money on replacing shoes every six months to name but a few. Think of it like this.  If you walked around all the time with a knee brace on your leg, when you removed that brace your knee would be very [...]

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 to when we say barefoot running.  We are not actually talking about someone stripping their feet completely of socks and shoes.  Oh no, that we be too pre-historic of us.  What's meant by the barefoot running business is the type of shoe that runners are purchasing.  Barefoot running shoes, that McKean sees flying off his shelves are those that are super thin, super light, and designed to allow the runner to, as the supporters of minimalist running would put it, strengthen their feet by running closer to barefoot. Even though some shoe store owners like McKean are seeing 20 or more customers a week coming in to purchase barefoot running shoes, not everyone in the foot [...]

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 the traditional thick sole of the regular hiking boot.  Or perhaps it's the heavy, sluggish feeling that most hiking boots are associated with.  Whatever it is, the minimalist hiker wants to experience more of the earth as they are on the trail. If you are thinking about transitioning into the minimalist hiking world, or you are just getting started with minimalist hiking, then here's three tips that may help you have a better, more enjoyable minimalist hiking experience! #1:  Start out slow You've heard all the advice before probably from your family and friends.  As soon as they hear you are going to switch over to the minimalist hiking [...]

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 seemed a bit too extreme for you, so you opted instead to look into the world of minimalist running. You are ready to get out on the road and start building your up to a strong minimalist runner... but you haven't yet decided what the best minimalist running shoe is - yet that is! As someone who's interested in minimalist running, you need a shoe that obviously has a very thin sole.  You also need a running shoe that's extremely light and versatile.  After all, these are the attributes that have made you weary of the traditional running shoe and what caused you to learn more toward a minimalist running lifestyle - right? One of [...]