minimalistic footwear

Review: Luongo Footwear

As most of you know, I consider myself first and foremost a "barefooter" – that is, I prefer having nothing at all on my feet as much as possible. Therefore, [...]

Lems Boulder Boots – Review

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 [...]

Easy DIY Recycled Yoga Mat Emergency 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 [...]

My First VivoBarefoot Experience

I’m wearing today a not-so-new, and no longer manufactured, pair of VivoBarefoot “Franklin” boots I got from fellow barefooter (minimalist footwear fan) Jesse Kebler (A Rebalanced Life or @JesseKelber). I must say, I’m impressed and l think they will quickly become my footwear of choice for the rest of the winter (about 6 to 8 more weeks here in Toronto). […]

Winter Barefooting – Tackling the cold months while keeping our feet happy

I’m probably the least qualified person to ask about going barefoot (at least completely barefooted) in the winter, as I am not very accomplished at this as I see other barefooters are. However, with my somewhat limited experience, and for what I understand from other more accomplished winter bare and “snowfooters”, I have come to understand that successful barefooting in winter really boils down to a few key aspects: Personal and natural ability to withstand (and enjoy) lower temperatures Let’s face it, some of us like winter more than others and some of us feel the cold more drastically than others. Therefore some people will be naturally more accomplished at barefooting in the winter. We can’t forget the “enjoyment” part: While some of us might actually wait and hope for a cold snap or a snow fall to go out and experience it “first-foot”, others might not want anything to do with that. Conditioning As they say, practice makes perfect! The more we go out and push our limits, the more accomplished we can become at staying barefoot through the winter. Opportunity This has to do mostly with geographical and weather conditions, as well as our physical environment. We have to take into account that winter conditions vary from place to place. Here in Toronto, for instance, we tend to have much less snow that other areas in Canada but we have a fair amount of dampness. Another aspect that makes winter barefooting challenging in cities like Toronto or Ottawa is the amount of salt and other chemicals used on the roads and sidewalks to help keeping the ice and snow at bay – I find these much more irritating than the actual cold temperatures or the snow. […]

A Barefoot Chat with Dr. Steve Gangemi
“The Sock Doc”

Dr. Steve Gangemi is a holistic physician, specializing in chiropractic and functional neurology. A 16-time Iron Man participant, and a barefooting advocate, he is actually known for wearing only socks [...]

A Barefoot Conversation with
Dale Blacker, RMT

Dale Blacker is a Registered Massage Therapist from Toronto, Canada who enjoys the benefits from walking and spending a good amount of time in bare feet - even at work [...]

Barefooting in the First Snow Fall in Toronto this Season

I can’t really say I am an accomplished “winter barefooter” by any account since I’m very much a summer type of guy through and through. However, living in Toronto, Canada, I must endure long and cold winters every year. And, every year, I do at least a minimum amount of barefooting outside to keep both my sanity and my feet in some sort of a decent shape for when the warmer weather comes. We had our first significant snow fall last night and throughout the day today so I decided I had to go out for a few minutes and enjoy some of the white stuff before it gets all hard, slippery and dirty. I took two videos with my cellphone and I thought I’d share them here – please excuse the poor lighting on the first video, since it was taken last night at about 1 am. The Sound is not the greatest either – I’m still figuring things out with this new phone. […]

Review: Kigo Edge Shoes

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to try out a pair of Edge minimalist shoes by Kigo. Since I’m predominantly a barefooter, I haven’t really worn them for extended periods, other than a couple of times at the office, when I kept them on all day to purposely get a good feel for them. After this trial period, here are my impressions… […]

Tips for Barefooting Beginners

Here are some pointers for anyone who wants to start going barefoot: Don't overdo it. Start by taking short walks around the neighbourhood and increase the distance and time according [...]

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