DIY – Disinfecting Reusable Wipes

» A Guest Contribution by fellow barefooter and experienced hiker Shane Steinkamp

DIY Disinfecting Wipes

Today’s barefoot project is something I learned to do when I had kids. I do not like baby wipes because they either smell funny or do not get me clean. They leave me feeling slimy – ich…

So I ‘make’ my own wipes. These are perfect for barefooters. Allow me to explain.

Laundry borax – I get mine at Ace Hardware – kills everything: bacteria, viruses, fungi, plants… everything. But it’s not particularly toxic to mammals, which includes humans. You shouldn’t eat the stuff, but it’s an excellent ‘cure’ for athletes foot, among other things. If you have stinky shoes, scrub them out with some borax and your worries are over.

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Lems Boulder Boots – Review

Lems Boulder Boots (Amber Blue)


When it comes to minimalist footwear, probably the hardest type of shoes to find is a pair of boots that will keep your feet warm in freezing conditions, have a decent grip on slippery icy conditions, while providing the benefits of minimal footwear that most barefooters love: light weight, flexibility, comfort, freedom of movement and zero heel drop.

I have had a chance to try a pair of Lems Boulder Boots (Amber Blue) in Toronto winter conditions over the last couple of weeks and I can tell you I have not been disappointed. Once again, the guys at Lems have proven that they are committed to delivering good quality products for the minimalist footwear fans

Following is a summary of my experience:

Quick Stats

  • Last: LemsLast™ foot-shaped
  • Upper: 40% Nylon + 60% Leather
  • Water Resistant: Yes
  • Sole: 9.0mm LemsRubber™ injection rubber
  • Insole: Optional removable 3.0mm MoistureWick foam
  • Lining: 100% Cotton
  • Stack Height: 9.0mm
  • Drop: 0.0mm
  • Weight: 9.9 oz (size 43)
  • Width: 4.2-4.4″ (size 43)

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Easy DIY Recycled Yoga Mat Emergency Huaraches

Yoga Mat Huaraches

Being a long-time barefooter, and living in such a barefoot-unfriendly urban environment like Toronto, Canada, I have gotten used to carrying along “emergency” footwear for those situations when bare feet are not an option; whether it’s because of dress code, or because I need just a bit of protection for my soles.

As you can imagine, I don’t like carrying bulky shoes as my emergency footwear, simply because it’s not practical. I want something light, easy to stuff into my backpack or even into a pocket. My solution: Homemade Huaraches, made out of a discarded yoga mat.

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Passport Traveler Wallet – The New Addition to The Barefoot Planet Family


A few weeks ago, a client approached me with a custom request for a slightly larger wallet that would allow easy access to cards, as well as a bigger pocket that could house both bills and a passport. I immediately jumped at the chance of designing something elegant, practical and simple that would fulfill my client’s needs. So, I conducted a quick brainstorm session, and got to working on some prototypes.

The resulting product has turned out to be the perfect addition to the Barefoot Planet leathercraft family: The Passport Traveler Wallet.

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Introducing the Barefoot Planet Leather Wallets

Barefoot Planet Leather Wallets

As part of my life philosophy, I’m always in search of practical and elegant solutions that reflect a back-to-basics approach. For a few years I’ve been looking for the perfect wallet with a few key characteristics, which fulfill my essential needs: simple and elegant design, minimal and slim profile, handmade and full of character. I found different products that feature one or two of these requirements but not all of them. I decided I had to do something about it: I had to make my own.

Today is a momentous day for me: after much experimentation and refinement, I’m very proud to announce the arrival of the entirely Handcrafted Barefoot Planet Leather Wallets.

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