I’ve recently switched over to wearing Zem shoes for rowing, and I think they are perfect. They were originally designed as beach volleyball shoes, so they look weird but function well. They are essentially ankle-height neoprene booties with reinforcing bands and a split toe for mobility. They are also great for SUP. They are sturdy … More Review: Zem Shoes for Rowing
Well I went for my first run in my new Inov-8 MudClaws (thanks Mom & Dad!) over the weekend, and I didn’t know what to expect. I went through Saddle River Park in Bergen County, NJ, with a combination of on-road and off-road running in below-freezing temperatures. Would the lug soles be squishy and unstable … More First Mud: Inov-8 MudClaws
This is a great guide to minimalist shoes: http://tinyurl.com/37ojf52  Some are truly minimal (Invisible Shoes), others are high-end entries into the market by major companies. People will always find a way to segment the market and make money. I am interested in checking out the Altra shoes and the Zem “socks” as when I first … More This is a great guide to minimalist shoes…the Sopranos would respect the Roman sandals here in NJ !
There’s a great and extensive new article from Runners World about minimalist shoes and barefoot running. It’s a good read and mirrors my own experiences with Vibram FiveFingers so far: 1. It takes about a month or more to adapt your muscles to the new style. 2. Overall mileage is way down, but speed and … More Runners World article on Vibram FiveFingers and barefoot running
So I finally broke down and bought Vibram Five Fingers. I had been using an old pair of Teva Proton water shoes for WODs at Crossfit Ignite, rowing, and stand-up paddling, but these are not appropriate for running, and I wanted to give the barefoot running thing a try because my knees are bad and … More Vibram Five Fingers: First Impressions