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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Running in Seattle with FeelMax Shoes





Volunteer Park snow run


University of Washington Husky Stadium in the background



Up the Interlaken



Through the park on the way home

Tiger Mountain rocky trail
| Photo by Laura Houston

Excellent feedback through sole - good for balance feel

My dirty, well-used FeelMax Niesas (set for European release June 2009)

1 mm thick puncture-proof sole


Howdy Folks

I am testing out a new shoe from a family owned company in Finland called FeelMax.

See www.feelmax.com (not yet available in the USA)

UPDATE 12/08/09, NOW AVAILABLE IN THE USA, CLICK HERE

I have the latest version shipped to me directly from their factory in Thailand.

I am VERY impressed with this shoe and will be writing more in the coming
weeks.

The version I have has a 1 mm thick sole made out of a Kevlar impregnated material developed by Continental for FeelMax. Amazing stuff.

Mine are VERY easy to get on and off. The feeling is amazingly close to barefoot. 1mm sole is very thin and very durable.

Happy.

BFT

PS. Read more here.


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67 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know several people who like them a lot too, Ted. Only complaints are about the sole. One guy solved the problem by tearing out the insole and gluing it back with shoe goo, said it solved the problem that the kevlar-type outsole was not bonded and therefore wore out too fast.

Maybe they have solved this (what he called) design fault.

Question: what size did you pick: the same, smaller or bigger than your everyday shoes? I know a runner who bought them one size smaller because he like a small fit, but I want enough toe space....so, do they run big or small? Thanks.

Pieter

Monday, January 26, 2009

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Howdy Pieter

I am testing a new version that will be released in Europe in June this year. I have not tried the earlier FeelMax shoes.

The new version name is NIESA and I believe it has been improved.

So far, I am very impressed with the sole. The feel is superb...as close to barefoot as I have experienced. The puncture protection is amazing. Sharp points do not go through. I took a very thin and sharp piece of metal and tried to push it through the sole with my hand on the other side. It did not go through, nor did my hand feel the sharp point.

On sizing, I am not sure what to say. Mine have a new velcro top piece that must help it fit better. Mine seem a little big even though they are the right size, yet a little big is not a problem. It allows my foot to really move like a foot inside. I would guess they run big, but I believe I am using a prototype.

These shoes feel like the finest pair of long lasting moccasins. Run through the woods. Feel the woods without puncture wounds.

I am very impressed with this shoe. I believe FeelMax is pushing the envelope with a design that works with cutting edge materials. Bravo FeelMax!

Barefoot Ted

Monday, January 26, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news!

Good for you that you get to test all these new things, good for us that you write about it!

Pieter

Monday, January 26, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do the FeelMax shoes compare to Vibram Fivefingers thus far?

Thanks,
Justin

Monday, January 26, 2009

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Good question:

One thing is for sure...FeelMax definitely provide more sensitivity through the sole, and I would say are more comfortable and easier to put on than FFs.

Unlike FFs, FeelMaxes do not have individual toe holes (although the family owned company is famous for making toe-socks in Europe).

I have a lot more testing to do, but so far I am VERY impressed with my FeelMax shoes...

The next question is durability. FF are a very well made and durable shoe. My FeelMax shoes are not production models, but my guess is that they are comparable in durability. I have not worn out my pair yet.

Running in FMs is like running in a super fine pair of super sensitive and durable moccasins. My foot feels very free within the very wide toed FM shoe. My foot is allowed to do what it does and with a 1 mm sole, that movement within the shoe translates into the ground, so that the movements of my feet are able to help in grip and braking.

BFT

Monday, January 26, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the info Ted, you are awesome. I was thinking, if these shoes had a waterproof sole, and they created the option of a Gore-Tex upper, these would be the ultimate low profile outdoor shoes. What do you think? Gore-Tex can get expensive, but it would be a cool option for doing extreme outdoor activities for long periods of time.

Justin

Monday, January 26, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is the grip compared to the Fivefingers? Do you slip around a lot in the feelmax shoes, or do they grip well?

Monday, February 02, 2009

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

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Monday, February 02, 2009

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

To Justin:

The NIESA prototype that I am testing IS one of the best low profile outdoor shoe that I have ever tried.

Not sure about how best to go about making the BEST all-round shoe. It turns out that barefoot is my first choice and then after that it gets very tough: FiveFingers, FeelMaxes, Huaraches...all have a role for me. All have become part of my awareness of what is possible in the world today as far as being as close to barefoot with some added benefit befitting a situation or environment: rocky, cold, slippery, sharp, dark, etc.

Indigenous designs still have a big attraction to me and I am going to continue to actively test, reproduce and promote the use designs that we can make ourselves.

Grip question:

How is the grip compared to the Fivefingers? Do you slip around a lot in the feelmax shoes, or do they grip well?

The grip question is a good one.

FiveFingers have an amazing sole that is razor-siped (fine cuts in the rubber) for grip. Depending on the surface, can be VERY grippy.

Even though the FeelMax Niesa footwear I tested had smooth sole..., the fact that it was only 1 mm thick meant that my foot's natural movements were translated into the puncture proof material which ended out allowing my foot to be the grip, i.e., the entire foot...as if barefoot, but with protection.

In many situations and terrains, the grip the that FeelMax allows me to achieve is superior to any other footwear after barefoot.

Nothing is perfect, not even barefoot,...but the bare foot is still the best all-around footwear.

BFT

Monday, February 02, 2009

 
Blogger backinthegame said...

I've had my eye on Feelmax's for a while now. The question is when and how will we get them in the US? Do you have any insight into that?

Thanks,
Mark

Saturday, February 07, 2009

 
Blogger Kit Laughlin said...

Hello Ted, Kit Laughlin from Australia here. I am an enthusiastic FF wearer; have been since I picked up two pairs in Vancouver while running a workshop there. I run, climb and work out in my pairs, as well as do the same bare footed.

Re, the FeelMax: my one intuitive reservation is that your toes are together in the shoe—for me, the slight forced separation in the FFs really makes the feet work well, and the little toes' ends of the FF's wear the fastest, along with the tips of the other toes instead of the ball/heel as is usual with shoes. For me, this is evidence of the foot working as it should.

I do not have any problem putting on the Classis or Sprint FFs, but struggle with the KSOs, because the foot opening is too small for my heel.

My reservations re. the FFs are the strength of the FeelMax: thorns will go though the FF sipes, as I am sure you have experienced! For me personally, the puncture-proof sole of the FeelMaxes fitted to the bottom of the FFs would be the perfect non-shoe.

Regards
KL

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

 
Blogger TrailGrrl said...

BFT,

I love trail running and just walking in the woods in Vibram Five Fingers. At first it was hard on my calves but once I got used that, I can't stand any cumbersome shoes or boots where I can't feel the ground and fallen tree trunks. Your perception and balance are so much better. I noticed that these Finnish shoes look a lot like moccasins (like they run after deer in The Last of the Mohicans). My only qualm about Five Fingers is that it takes a bit to get them on, although that gets faster, and they look fairly ridiculous in public. These Finnish shoes look cool, though.

Can't wait for these to be available in the U.S. I've been to Finland so I might just have to go back for shoes! How are they in colder weather? Do you go barefoot in them or wear socks?

I love my FF's (aka, my Monkey Shoes), but these look like they could be great too.

TrailGrrl

Sunday, March 08, 2009

 
Blogger kasullivan2 said...

For people like me with odd shaped feet, is there a shoe I can get that will allow me to use the local treadmill where I am required to have shoes? I have EEEE width women's size 8 (American sizing) feet and a normal heel width.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Howdy Kit

The width of the toe box on the FeelMaxes make them perfect for allowing my foot to spread naturally...without getting my toe snagged on things on the trail...something I have done many times in trail races...breaking my baby toe.

FeelMax also makes excellent toe socks that might help keep toes in place...but to tell the truth, I am happy about the way my toes feel in them.

Ease of on and off cannot be compared. FeelMaxes take a second to put on. Slip on shoes with easy velcro. After 50 miles on a 100 mile race, fooling around with toe shoes is not fun.

However for everyday use, FF are easy enough for getting on. I just like the idea of having something I can put on and take off numerous times while on a trail run...FeelMaxes facilitate this.

I agree...a super thin soled FF would be awesome.

BFT

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Howdy TrailGrrl

I think you will love the FeelMaxes. The family owned FeelMax company is famous for making toe sox which compliment these shoes well.

They are much easier to put on the FFs...

I hope to see them available soon in the USA...I am pushing them.

BFT

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Howdy Kasullivan2

I think that the toe box in the FeelMaxes are wide enough for you. I hate anything that shapes my foot in any way. FeelMaxes don't force my foot at all...and I have a wide foot too. So, I think they are the perfect shoe for treadmilling.

BFT

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BFT,

How does the sole of the of Feelmax Niesa feel? is it rubbery or what?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

It is rubbery and grippy and thin.

It gets its grip from the foot's own movment, the shape of the foot transferring into the material and the shape becomes the grip...if that makes sense.

Not great on on wet, slippery surfaces...the shoes one downfall in my opinion.

BFT

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BFT,

Have you ran any long runs lately, in the Feelmax shoes? If so, how did they hold up? Does the sole hold up better than fivefingers? Did you ever slip around during the run?

Thanks

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Well, I am on my first pair of prototype FeelMax Niesas.

I have been sharing my impressions of the shoe with the director of manufacturing in Thailand.

So far, I have found some weak points in different parts of the shoe that will be addressed in the final release.

I am still awaiting my second test pair.

The FiveFinger's sole is much thicker and I believe longer lasting when compared to the shoe I am testing, but then again, the sole I am testing is 1mm thick = very thin.

The FF definitely would have better grip in certain situations. The FF is designed to grip very well on smooth, wet surfaces.

The FeelMax has NO grip on the sole...it is as smooth as a baby's but...sort of like the bottom of your foot!

I have found that real grip come from the contours of the foot. The foot itself grips the terrain by yinning a yang and yanging a yin...if you know what I mean.

The FeelMax company is producing another very viable, truly minimal shoe and I fully support their progress.

And, yes, I have done some more long distance runs. Lately I have been running while wearing Injinji socks, but in the future will wear FeelMax toe socks (they main business). The toes socks really help comfort, handling sweat and moisture well.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BFT,

The FiveFingers let water in very easily. Do the Feelmax soles let moister in as well, or do your feet stay dry?

Monday, March 23, 2009

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Well, I am still testing.

I am awaiting the latest prototype.

Apparently, the first generation of FM shoes had problems with water.

I have had some wet runs with my FM shoes and believe that they are better than the originals (although I have never tried the originals).

My latest experiments have included running with toesocks...and overall, it has been one of the most comfortable minimal shoes I have ever worn.

If they can perfect the sole as they are trying to do, I will be the biggest promoter of this shoe in the future. I like it that much.

It is nice to have another great minimal shoe available.

BFT

Monday, March 23, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ted,

Could you please let FeelMax know that some non-garish color choices would be much appreciated? I would love to wear shoes like this all the time but can't wear bright red shoes to work...

John

Sunday, May 10, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John,

I actually told them just that. I wear my Feelmax non-shoes all the time and absolutely love them. They are also all our 4 y.o. daughter now wants to wear. I complained to them about the styles some time ago and the new ones coming out are actually calmer than the sporty older styles. However, I completely agree that it would be great if they made something neutral enough for work, church, etc. Maybe if we ask and wait another year...

Sounds like with the changes the new styles will be amazing. Mine (older style) developed holes after some months. Also, there was the water issue. I live in a cold climate and that was also a problem. My plan for next winter is to buy ones that are bigger than what I would normally wear and wear big wool socks in them. I think it would be ok if indeed the new styles don't get wet.

No matter what, I cannot recommend these highly enough. After having bought my first pair, my Vivo Barefoot shoes have started to feel way too shoe-like and FM's are now all I wear.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

 
Blogger Dan said...

Ted you mentioned that it allows your foot to spread more naturally. I've been a racing flat runner all my running life and just switched to FiveFingers late last year after a calf injury, and found it difficult to get back to normal pace without injury recurrance, interestingly I found it easier on my calves to go fully barefoot, do you think these new shoes have an advantage over the five fingers because they allow your forefoot to spread more naturally where as the lateral spread in FF's is fixed?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Dan, this is a very good point.

I believe that it is extremely important that the foot be allowed to spread fully if you need to put it in a shoe.

Any confining of the foot leads to problems from my experience.

The FeelMaxes potentially allow full spreading, but if you foot is really, really wide, it might still be a problem.

BFT

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

 
Blogger TuppiTarakainen said...

Living in Finland and having used several of the earlier FeelMax models, I have to say I'm very proud to read your comments - and can't wait to get my hands - or feet to be precise - into the new model!

They are due for resale any day now here in Finland and have a the new sole that BFT is referring to. Unlike the earlier models the sole is waterproof - but no thicker. I also love the FFs - both for running as well as for e.g. kettlebell training. And their grip onboard my Trophy boat is second to none.

Have you guys used Piper Sandals? I don't use them for running but really like them for everyday use. I picked up a pair on a street fair in Miami a couple of years ago.

-T-

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Niesa style has been on the website for some days now. Anyone have any idea when the other new styles are supposed come out?

I am very excited about the new sole material, as my old ones have holes in them.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will they be available in the US...I keep waiting and waiting.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

 
Blogger Dan said...

Ted is there any information as to sizing. I know vibram have a sizing guide that maps between the millimetre (or millimeter) measurement of your foot to the shoe size, is there anything like that for the feelmaxes I can't find it easily on their website

Friday, June 12, 2009

 
Blogger FuSL said...

Try this:
http://www.feelmax.com/Kokotaulukko.pdf

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I'm really looking forward to the new models. Especially to the kid's version of the Niesa, because then I can finally get my son some minimal shoes.

Friday, June 19, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think there is a kids' Niesa coming out, is there?

The new shoes are on the website now and it looks like there is only one style offered for kids. Can this be right?

I LOVE the fact that they are making something for fall/winter now. However, this is definitely one style they need to start making in kids sizes, also. Kids snow boots are often just terrible, with thick, hard soles. I would definitely buy those for my children, maybe even more than one pair, in order to get rid of all the "wooden" shoes.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

 
Blogger FuSL said...

Someone from Feelmax told me that hopefully in one or two weeks "kids shoes like the Niesa" will be released, called Tieva. Size 22-34.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

 
Blogger WendyBird said...

I will be traveling to Thailand this year. Can you tell me the address of the factory they ship from?

Sunday, June 21, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugh... The new styles are on the website but one cannot buy them anywhere, even within Finland... Has anyone managed to locate these yet?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

 
Blogger Dylan said...

You can get the Panka shoes at extremeoutfitters.us

Sizes do appear to be limited, but according to Feelmax, they are the US partner- so might be able to make special orders.

Monday, July 06, 2009

 
Blogger Wolfmaan said...

I'd be interested in buying a few pair of these shoes as I adore the fivefingers and could get away with feelmax at my office job. My question is this: How breathable and airy are they? I have a real problem with 99% of the shoes on the market make my feet sweat and swell badly.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These shoes are now available in the US:

http://www.extremeoutfitters.us/feelmaxpankamensblacksilver-2.aspx

The URL says "Panka" in it, but that's just a mistake as far as I can tell (It's a picture of a Niesa and higher price than the Panka, plus says Niesa in the name/description).

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

 
Blogger Scott said...

Do the Panka and Niesa have the same sole? Are both soles water resistant? Can they be washed? If you are putting them on mid-run are you using socks then? Any blisters after a long run?

Thanks!
Scott

Thursday, August 06, 2009

 
Blogger Dan said...

Does anyone have a pair of Niesas size 44 that they would swap for a pair of 43's? I got the 43's and ran a couple of times in them and they are too small for me I got some 44 pankas and they are perfect so if anyone has some 44's they think are too big and want to swap for some 43's please let me know

Monday, August 24, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, Ted.
You said:
FeelMaxes don't force my foot at all...and I have a wide foot too.

I've just got some new Niesas that are more than long enough for me, but much too narrow at the wide part of the foot (by 2cm or so), so much so I'll probably sell them on as they are not comfortable.
I bought these shoes largely on the basis of all the praise you wrote here about them.
The sole is good and thin, but then why did they put in a spongey insole, and glue it at the toe so you can't even remove it cleanly? I agree with you that we want thin soles so why have they given us the best thin sole then added unwanted padding: these are shoes for people who don't want padding, right?
If these things were fixed, I think I would like these shoes. As it is, yet another pair of uncomfortable shoes.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

I have to say that the production model I received was a little too narrow for me too, and thus I can't wear them.

Jarno told me that they are going to make a wider version...we shall see.

BFT

Thursday, August 27, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information on the width issue. My feet are wide enough to be in a circus act so width is extremely important to me. I love the five fingers but would like something I could wear to work on casual days that are not too much like shoes.

Friday, August 28, 2009

 
Blogger mish said...

Dan,

I'm thinking of ordering Niesas size 43, but am unsure on the sizing given your comment.

I am normally a size 9, which is supposed to be the 43. What size are you? Should I upsize to the 44?

Thanks!

Monday, August 31, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

try this link for a size reference:
http://www.feelmax.com/Kokotaulukko.pdf

Monday, August 31, 2009

 
Blogger Dan said...

mish

I'm usually a 10-10&1/2 US depending on the shoe brand I used the centimetre measurements in the guide to work out what size I should get and thought the 43 was right based on the cm measurement:

http://www.feelmax.com/Kokotaulukko.pdf

which is giving me an error at the moment.
Now I'd say go with your larger US shoe size measurement as for a 10&1/2 US they say 44 in the guide. unfortunately the jump between 43 and 44 is just the tiniest bit larger than I would like but not enough to concern me given how wonderful it feels to have my feet protected and yet feel like being barefoot in the 44's.

If you want a good price on my barely used pair of 43's contact me on danjamesmick@gmail.com (is that ok to put that here Ted?)

Monday, August 31, 2009

 
Blogger Rolfer said...

I teach a short class on healthy barefoot-inspired footwear in Portland, Oregon. I'm excited about these Feelmax shoes, as they fill a need for a lightweight, inexpensive shoe that allows you to feel the ground. I am now considering ordering a pair of Panka's, thanks to your blog.
More information about my classes, a link to a list of recommended footwear, and an article that I wrote about picking good footwear options can all be found at http://www.portlandrolfer.com.
Sincerely,
Karin Edwards, Certified Rolfer

Monday, August 31, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Full Feelmax Line is available now at www.giftsfromfinland.com with the 2009 collection. Look for more models to come soon!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

 
Blogger portlandrolfer said...

Have you tried to order from Gifts from Finland? To me it looked like shipping to the US would be an ordeal.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any news on the water resistance of the 2009 production models? Does water seep in at the sole/upper seam? What's the verdict on the width issue? Finally, how does the sizing correspond as far as US shoe size?

Thanks!

-Nhan

Sunday, October 18, 2009

 
Blogger AlexMontilla said...

I am a barefoot/minimalist convert. I don't want to wear normal shoes anymore.

I'm a salsa dancer/instructor. I'm looking for an alternative to dance shoes. Dance shoes have suede bottoms that allow easy spinning & sliding. I would love to wear my VFF's, but they are way too grippy on the dance floor. How much grip does FeelMax have on a wood or smooth floor?

Monday, October 19, 2009

 
Blogger SwimmingK said...

Just got my Niesa. I usually wear a 9 running sneaker (US Asics Nimbus) and I ordered a 8.5 (42). Length is good and it's a comfortable fit for me.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

 
Blogger ridr said...

Sizing:
Is it the same as the VFF's?
I use a 43 in the KSO.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

 
Blogger SwimmingK said...

I wear KSO in a 41 and my Niesa is a 42. My KSO has a snug comfortable fit. My Niesa has slightly more room and I'm able to wear socks with them on colder days.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can make these yourself by tearing the foam soles off of regular running shoes.

Friday, January 08, 2010

 
Anonymous Barry said...

Ted:
I am thinking of not going to the new Osmas due to their thicker sole (nearly double) and their full set of laces, so the choice seems to be between the Niesas and Kuusas for a good almost-barefoot runner.

I believe you have run in both the Kuusas and Niesas. I like the idea of the Niesa fast velcro on/off, but am concerned that the Niesa high profile might not be good for running and might rub or bother the ankle. any comments?

How comfortable is that pull-latch on the Kuusas? Does the result feel comfortable running?

Finally (sorry about all the questions but good information is hard to find) do the Kuusas have the same 1mm sole material as the Niesas ?

Thanks for all the information you have already posted.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought Feelmax shoes (2010 model with a lightly thicker sole) in Finland a month ago. I am not a runner, or I WAS not a runner...But now I am jogging with them every day and just love them! Unlike the FF's, they are easy to put on and I can use regular socks. I bought the roomier size however with no sifting or rubbing. I would like them to be waterproof so I could wear them to the barn (I jog with my horses so I would like to go straight from barn to the road witout changing shoes )
I am close to 50 , a tad overweigh and thought I could never run again because of bad ankles, artritic lower back and fibromyalgia. But I am now able to jog for 12 to 15 min with these shoes and barely get out breath!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

 
Anonymous NG said...

I have never heard of shoes like this until this morning, so thank you all for your interesting comments! My question is, if you have super flat feet, can you still run in these "barefoot" shoes? I was under the impression that I needed corrective support shoes for running bc of my flat feet.

Friday, January 29, 2010

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to adding to my previous comment that I just discovered today trying (not succeeding) to run in regular sneakers that they make my lower back arch and hurt. Running barefoot my back stays straighter and does not hurt.
Outi

Friday, January 29, 2010

 
Blogger portlandrolfer said...

To NG, regarding flat arches:
It depends on whether your arches are actually functional. Many people have a long, spread-out, low, but functional arch and they benefit immediately by going out and strengthening those feet in less supportive footwear. Balance poses and standing poses in yoga are also helpful.
If your arch is totally collapsed so that you are standing on the inside of your foot, you may want to proceed with caution - you may have a failed posterior tibialis tendon or something else more serious.
If you are not sure which applies to you, get thee to a Certified Rolfer. (rolf.org has a look-up function) Or if you ever visit Portland Oregon, there is a holistic podiatrist you can see - Dr. Ray McClanahan, (nwfootankle.com).
My 2 cents, hope it's helpful.
-Karin Edwards, Certified Rolfer

Friday, January 29, 2010

 
Blogger Clif said...

Hi Ted, I'm getting very interested in barefoot running after not really running for decades because it hurts me when I do. I hike a lot but not running. I used to run cross-country on the 70's as a teen in ASIC Tigers and remember those being minimal shoes and easy on the feet.

Where in the Seattle area can I go look at and try on 'barefoot' types of shoes for get-back-in shape running and everyday office wear? Is it all online and take your chances?

The Vibram FF's are interesting but visually won't fly in the corporate enviro.

I've also noticed on hard packed mountain roads with lots of protruding pebbles and rocks embedded in the dirt, the balls of you feet can get quite sore in very thin sole shoes, from the uneven 'point' pressures. Is that just getting used to it?

Thanks!

Friday, January 29, 2010

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now I am close to 100% barefoot convert! I just got my Feelmax Osma's and I am returning them. I like the thinner soled Panka;s better! THere is less concussion because the ball of the foot can roll better in the thinner sole, and feel the ground better. My husband likes the Osma's though.
I am jogging on asphalt so a thick sole is not needed for other than durability

Monday, February 15, 2010

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Continuation to the previous: I actually ended up exchanging the Osma's to be bigger size and now I like them! (my Pankas are 39 and the Osma's 40) The thicker sole makes me need a bigger size! The reason I did not like the smaller size Osma was that since my toes did not feel quite free in them (even though they were seemingly the right size), they ended up curling inside the shoe and preventing the ball of the foot from rolling properly which then resulted in more consussion of the heel. So I think in a barefoot strike, it is crucial that the front of the foot has full freedom to spread, roll and push and that the heel is not elevated at all. I also think we should not think too much of how the foot strikes the ground other that letting it be flexible, free and relaxed. ALso, starting from a fast walk and gradually going into a very slow jog helps the foot get the right idea. I had to progress very slowly to get my calf muscles in shape.
Outi

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am actually not a fan of the new Osmas. I think the soles are too thinck to feel like one is not wearing shoes.

However, most of the 2008 and 2009 styles feel amazing on and I would love to see many more styles. (And actualy be able to locate them.) The "sandal" style for women seemed to be sold out basically before it even came out.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3 weeks into runnings in the roomier Osma's...like them very much! There is room for improvement though...

Friday, March 19, 2010

 
Blogger Quackey McKnuckles said...

Looking to purchase my first pair of barefoot shoes. If I order the Feelmax, should I be measuring my foot with a sock on? And do you wear socks in these shoes or does that reduce the feel that you are so impressed with? Thanks alot for all the info Ted.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

 
Anonymous Ville said...

Hey,

I own same model (Feelmax Niesa) shoes too and I used to use them in the gym. I didnt know that I can use them in outdoor too. I thought the sole would break down until I read your review. Great blog!

Greetings from Finland!

-Ville

Sunday, April 18, 2010

 

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