The latest episode of the Living Barefoot Show went online (I know I’m a little late, been busy). Episode 7 features an interview with Sabra, Damien, and Ben from Vivo Barefoot. They were so much fun to interview! Good luck to Damien and Ben tomorrow in the New York City Marathon.
I didn’t have time to write a short review for the VFF Performa but I’ve finished the long review for these shoes for the Living Barefoot website.
In case you’ve ever wondered what I sound like, there’s also an audio version of the review. This is something we’re going to continue with for future reviews. It’s available for download on the site above or through iTunes via The Living Barefoot Show.
In (very) short, the Performa is an outstanding addition to the VFF lineup. It is definitely my choice for an indoor minimalist shoe. They are surprisingly warm, extremely comfortable, weigh a scant 50 grams, and have the best barefoot feel of any shoes I’ve tried so far.
The Feelmax Kuuvas arrived this past weekend. So far, I think they’re awesome boots! They are incredibly comfortable and warm. I went for a walk today in -6C with a windchill of -14C with 2 cm of snow and slush and my feet were warm and dry the whole time. I don’t have a lot of time to write about them today but I thought I’d add some pictures for people to see what I’m talking about. I’m so glad that there are options for minimalist footwear for winter.
The other day, I ran my 10 times 30-second intervals in my VFF Flows (instead of my KSOs) with a pair of Injiji toe socks. It was 2 degrees Celsius. It was a really good choice of footwear.
I noticed some differences between my KSOs and Flows: The Flows are MUCH warmer (which is a good thing because I forgot how cold 2oC feels like). They feel like they have a thicker sole (although that could have been the socks, too). They are less flexible, probably because of the neoprene as opposed to the thinner synthetic material of the KSOs. And they were more wind-resistant.
I also noticed that my running gait is exactly the same between the two VFF models.
Another thing I noticed during this run, unrelated to the shoes I chose to wear, is that my right leg is much weaker than my left leg. My right leg tended to hit the ground louder/harder than the left, which is very noticeable with a springy, midfoot running gait. Guess that right leg has some catching up to do now that (hopefully all) the nerves are awake now.
The snow hasn’t stuck around yet so I can continue to run outside in my VFFs. When the snow stays, though, it’s off to the indoor track to run without shoes.