We got an inside look at Outdoor Retailer last month. Here is a look at 7 different companies we met with and the new innovations they will be releasing this year. New shoes, improved waterproofing, better insulation, and more. We can't wait to get these shoes on our feet.
Hey Friend, I couldn’t help but notice you staring. These fun contraptions are called barefoot shoes! They feel like you’re walking barefoot without worrying about tetanus, hepatitis, AIDs, and other unamiable diseases! "Who would want to walk barefoot?" you say, when you can look like Michael Jordan in some fly Nikes, or go stompin’ in some Air Force Ones?
On the first weekend of fall we reach the end of our thru-hike - Mt. Katahdin, Maine. It's hard to believe everything we overcame and persevered through to reach this point; sickness and separation, mosquitos and mice, injury and inclement weather, mountains and mud. How did we get this far? One step at a time, over and over and over again. Only one more mountain to climb, with our dearest hiking friends and companions, and we'll be finished this monumental family adventure.
You see a lot of talk in minimalist circles all over the web about running form. It is widely acknowledged that in order to reduce injury and maximize health we not only need to minimize footwear, but that we need to become students of form. If we don't, we are still at risk of getting injured. What about walking?
Over the last few years, Toe Salad has published some articles and reviews about Merrell shoes suitable for winter use. Winter here means sub-freezing temperatures and snow which often requires thicker insulating soles than typically found in most minimalist shoes. Since shoe models change so quickly and there is no way we could review them all before the cold hits, we thought we would give you a short overview on a few Merrell models that might help get you through the impending winter.