"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." -- T. S. Eliot
I have developed a mindset from what I have done and what I have researched that humans were meant to run.
An interesting documentary was done by beloved Canadian David Suzuki who goes though the science behind how humans are the perfect endurance runner. If you haven't seen that documentary you can do so here on the CBC website
Also from reading the Book Born to Run by Christopher Mcdougall
I learned about a tribe called the Tarahumara who run in Huaraches. These shoes are minimalist shoes that provide tiny bit of protection from rocks and grip. Part of the book talks about iconic barefoot runner Barefoot Ted (BFT). BFT owns Luna Sandals
that makes easy to wear Huaraches.
I purchased these back in February of 2015 and started to swap them out from smaller runs instead of using my Vibram Five Fingers (VFF). My first impression of them were mixed. The strap caused a small blister to form between my toes and wearing them on a trail I would have to constantly stop to remove a rock. I was determined to give them a 1000 km review so I pushed on and found ways to make it work.
After about 200 km these shoes start to form around your foot like a glove would. You can see the impression of my toes and foot on the shoes when I am not wearing them now. In May I completed my first marathon distance with them at the Vancouver BMO. I did find my foot was a bit sore by the end but not enough to stop me from running.
In June I ran another marathon distance with these shoes on with no pain at all. I have also done the BCMC with these on so these have become my go to trail shoe moving forward as well as road shoes.
The advantages of these shoes are:
- Minimalist zero drop shoe that provides some basic sole protection to your foot.
- No upper on the shoe allows for more air flow on the foot which reduces the amount of over heating issues for me.
- Provides enough grip for road and trails.
- Great price and last longer then most running shoes and made in Seattle!
The disadvantages of these shoes are:
- They feel slippery under your foot when they get a wet. Not sure how to fix that.
- When a rock does get stuck under my foot and the shoe you need to stop and pop it out.
- Not going to work well in the winter here up north.
If you are wearing VFF and looking to test a new shoe this is the one to test. I am thoroughly happy with them and highly recommend them.