Monthly Archives: June 2009

Happy Trails = Happy Feet

I thought that I’d share some pictures of the trails around my house. I’m very fortunate to live in a town where there are such wonderful walking paths and trails all over town. I enjoy walking them in my VFFs. Someday, I’ll have tough enough feet to walk them completely barefoot, but not quite yet. Enjoy.

The famous red shale path


The Bow River and Jumping Pound Creek


Happy feet in VFFs on the trails


Trail in the trees


Washed out path with smooth river rocks


Path to the river


Path beside the river


I remember when I first wore my VFFs on the trails, my feet used to get tired quickly and have a tough time on the rougher terrain. Since then, my feet have become much stronger and even the rough gravel in some sections no longer bothers me. I’ve learned that the key is to relax your feet and you can walk on pretty much anything. I walk these trails almost every day and love the diversity in the terrain and the beautiful scenery. It’s a great workout for the feet.

Announcing The Living Barefoot Podcast Show!

Yours truly will be co-hosting The Living Barefoot Podcast Show!!!

My co-host, Al Gauthier, and I are currently setting up interviews from members of the Living Barefoot community, businesses involved in providing barefoot alternative products, and other barefoot personalities.

We are also looking for ideas or suggestions for the show from other barefooters. If you have a show idea, please go to The Living Barefoot Podcast Show to find out how to submit your ideas as well as to stay updated on news about the show including airing times.

I’m extremely excited and honoured to be involved in the show and can’t wait for the first show to air.

Excellent Minimalist Footwear Blog Series

Damien Tougas, of the blog ADVENTUREinPROGRESS, has just completed his excellent blog series on “The Case for Minimalist Footwear”.

You can find the whole series at the following link:
http://www.adventureinprogress.com/taxonomy/term/22

I found it an incredibly enjoyable read, very informative, and must have taken Damien A LOT of work. I highly recommend the time to read it for any barefooter or anyone thinking of switching to the barefoot alternative.

Thanks Damien for all your hard work.

New VFF Models!

Robert (allawayr) from the birthdayshoes.com forum made my day yesterday (more accurately, my whole week!) by posting pics of the new VFF models from a website in Germany. I think Vibram has outdone themselves with these two models and my hope is that they expand the barefoot alternative market even further.

The Vibram FiveFinger ‘Glove’


The Glove looks like the most minimalist VFF yet! With no sole under the arch and between the joints of the toes, there is probably a lot more flexibility and minimalism than ever before. For people (myself included) who think the existing VFF models are ‘cushy’ after a while of going barefoot, the Glove will probably help with this when you can’t go completely barefoot.

The Vibram FiveFinger ‘Trek’


The Trek looks like the VFF answer to a trail shoe! After slipping in the mud running on trails last year, I can’t wait for this shoe to become available. Also, if it’s warmer than the Flow, maybe it’s my answer to the perfect barefoot shoe?

The pictures are sourced from:
http://www.voycontigo.de/index.php/fivefingers-glove-leder
http://www.voycontigo.de/index.php/fivefingers-trek-leder

For the English translation of the German website, please visit:
http://birthdayshoes.com/index.php/two-new-five-fingers-models-the-glove-and-trek-listed-on-voycontigo-de

Thanks Robert for sharing the news of the new discoveries. And thanks Justin for the edit on the Google translation.

Now all I need is patience to wait for them to come to North America!