Earth Runner Minimalist Sandals

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Okay, so I am a “barefoot” guy. I’ve been doing the “barefoot” thing for a little over 3 years now and cannot imagine re-joining the ranks of the shod. As such, I am always eager to try out new products aimed at my demographic. Enter Earth Runners–one of the latest entries into the huarache-style sandal […]

Getting My Flat Feet Ready to Hike 2,650 Miles


Guest post by Kelly Ellzey: It all started when we made the decision last year to check off one of our “Bucket List” items and hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). For those of you who don’t know, the PCT starts at the Mexican/Californian border, follows the crests of the Sierras and then the Cascades, ending up at the […]

Testing the TevaSphere Speed Trail Running Shoes


Even though I can’t help thinking of these as Trail Running shoes, the TevaSphere Speed was actually inspired by the unpredictable world of obstacle races and the athletes that are crazy enough to take them on – hello GORUCK’ers and Tough Mudders! It features their new TevaSphere technology that uses a spherical heel and support […]

Barefoot Backpacking – Part 2 | Barefoot Jake

In the last article I wrote about barefoot backpacking I covered posture, cadence and toe splay. Now I want to cover some other aspects of going barefoot/minimal that are important for you to be aware of: Ground feel, balance, and foot placement. As I’ve mentioned in the past; one must have a strong foundation to have […]

Altra Lone Peaks | Long Term Review

Altra Lone Peak review

I’ve deliberately held off writing a review of the Altra Lone Peaks until such a time as I felt I had been able to test them thoroughly in just about every condition and season possible. After a little over nine months of hard use I’m ready to share my thoughts on these crazy looking shoes. […]

Flat Foot Rehabilitation | Four Months Later

Back in December I was asked by my friend Damien Tougas of if I would be interested in testing an insole system designed to help rehabilitate feet with the types of conditions I have. Before that Damien had been instrumental in encouraging me to take a different approach to dealing with the shin splints that had […]

Introduction to Barefoot Backpacking – Pt. 1

Editor’s Note: I would like to welcome back Barefoot Jake for this post which will be the first of a three-part series explaining more about Barefoot Backpacking. As a barefoot backpacker and someone who is passionate about being barefoot as much as possible, I wanted to share with all of you what I think are […]

Kigo Edge Minimalist Shoe Review

Regular readers of my blog will know that over the last several months I have been transitioning to wearing minimalist footwear. This started back in June of 2011 in an effort to combat decades of shin splint pain when running. After switching to a pair Merrell Trail Gloves and a forefoot striking pattern, my shin […]

Barefoot Backpacking with Barefoot Jake

My name is Jake Morrison. Among the the Washington state outdoor communities and online hiking forums I’m known simply as ‘Barefoot Jake’ – you may have already heard of me. As far back as I can remember I’ve had an obsession with the outdoors and in particular the Olympic National Park. When I was a […]

Flat Foot Rehabilitation in 6-8 Weeks

My good friend Damien Tougas over at has hooked me up with new foot related gear to test. He knows that I have completely flat feet and has been instrumental in my gradual transition to barefoot running, so he thought I would be the perfect guinea pig candidate to test the new foot strengthening […]