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 [...]

By | November 2nd, 2012|Categories: Blog, Feelmax Shoes, Products & Services|Tags: , |0 Comments

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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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Discover The Excitement Of Minimalist Hiking

One of the most fundamental elements that are causing millions of people to switch to minimalist hiking is the fact that they want to have a more natural experience with the earth. And by "more natural" I mean feeling more of the earth beneath their feet and enjoying the benefits of hiking and exploring with an ultra thin hiking boot. When you talk to people who are making the switch from traditional hiking boots to the minimalist hiking boot, or if you watch videos of minimalist hikers, you'll soon discover that these people are ready to enjoy hiking at  whole new level. Some people decide to venture out by completely by-passing the minimalist hiking boot and going straight into barefoot hiking. But I really see barefoot hiking as an extreme, and something that even the most avid and experienced hiker might not find very enjoyable. And getting your feet strengthened, and your skin toughened up enough to truly enjoy [...]

Minimalist Hiking Boots, What To Consider When Buying!

Thinking about purchasing a new pair of minimalist hiking boots?  Whether you're a long time hiker or someone just starting out, here are some times when making the decision on purchasing minimalist hiking boots! Minimalist hiking boots are a great way for anyone that's wanting a more "barefoot hiking" experience.  Minimalist hiking boots can be the perfect way for you to dive head first into the barefoot hiking movement without having to physically go without hiking boots.  But when it comes to purchasing your new pair of minimalist hiking boots, consider these points first. #1:  Running in minimalist hiking boots I know, it sounds strange, but a big reason that people purchase minimalist hiking boots is for running during the winter months.  When the weather gets all snowy, cold, and blustery, it can be a serious road block to your running schedule.  That's where a great pair of minimalist hiking boots, like the Kuuva by Feelmax, comes in handy [...]

Minimalist Hiking Boots by Feelmax, A Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Idea!

If you are looking for some gift ideas for Mother's Day, how about a pair of Kuuva minimalist hiking boots by Feelmax? Alright husbands, kids, and friends - it's time to start thinking about what the best gift is for that special mom in your life!  Mother's Day 2012 is just around.  On May 13th, 2012, Mother's Day will be upon us and with today being the Monday prior, I want to suggest a great gift idea that you can still purchase and get shipped just in time. The Mother's Day gift I'd like to suggest is a nice new pair of minimalist hiking boots by Feelmax, the leader in minimalist and light weight footwear.  Minimalist footwear is gaining a lot popularity among runners and hikers.  Runners who reside in cold weather areas are also turning to minimalist hiking boots like the Kuuva in order to continue running in the cold weather conditions. The Kuuva minimalist hiking boot comes [...]

The Best ‘Men’s Only’ Barefooting Hiking Boot

Alright men, for those of you into barefoot hiking, it's time to reveal a secret to you that you're going to love.  I know that a lot of you men out there love to go hiking and get out into nature. But there are a few of you out there who are into hiking the trails in a pair of barefoot boots - or minimalist hiking boot. This is admirable because not everyone can get out there in a pair of minimalist hiking boots and take on the trails. So it would only make sense then, if you are going to hit the trails in a pair of barefoot hiking boots, then why not consider the only barefoot hiking boot made for men? The Kuuva by Feelmax is the only barefoot hiking boot (minimalist hiking boot) that is made just for men, and is designed specifically with the hiking man in mind.  Touch, durable, great traction, and breathable - [...]

Best Minimalist Hiking Boots for Men & Women, The Feelmax Kuuva

The Feelmax Kuuva, hands down the best minimalist hiking boots for both men and women, as now available at GiftsFromFinland.com. Pre Order The Feelmax Kuuva Minimalist Hiking Boots Light, fast, protective, and super thin!  If you're looking for simply the best minimalist hiking boots this year for both men and women, then you really have to look no further the Kuuva hiking boot by Feelmax. It achieves both comfort and style for the hiking enthusiast. And weighing in at less than 100 grams, you'll be lucky if you even know these minimalist hiking boots are even on your feet. The Feelmax Kuuva is a hiking boot designed with the hiking adventurer in mind who loves to not only get out on the trails and take in nature, but who is passionate about feeling the earth beneath their feet as the pass over the terrain. Barefoot hiking, or minimalist hiking as some refer to it, is getting re-energized as more [...]