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 [...]

Morning Exercises

Hi Barefooters! Fall is upon us here in Toronto and I'm trying to make the best out of the weather. As part for my daily routine, I'm setting aside some [...]

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. […]

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. […]

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 [...]

Shoddies simply don’t care…

I recently had a very interesting, and somewhat disturbing exchange with a friend of my partner’s, who happens to be a nurse and has also been training for a running competition. While I have always known this person has never been supportive of my barefooting lifestyle, I never thought she would be so closed to new information. […]

It’s Earth Day – Go Barefoot!

Today, we’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day; which was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1070 to raise awareness about environmental issues around our planet. Personally, I like to think of Earth Day as an opportunity to reflect on my relationship with planet and the impact we, human beings, are creating on a daily basis – especially in developed and developing areas; which are growing exponentially every year. […]

My first jog completely barefoot

Well, it’s been exactly a month since I started power walking and jogging and today I managed to do my first ever jog fully barefoot (so far, I’d been wearing either my Vibram FiveFingers Sprints or my Nike Free runners). The day has been beautiful here in Toronto. We reached temperatures of 14°C, the sun is shining and there is a nice breeze. When I went for my workout, the temperature was about 8°C, so I decided I was going to wear my gym shorts, a t-shirt and a spring jacket – I thought I was going to get a bit chilly but I was perfectly fine throughout the whole time. […]

Out of Hibernation

I've been struggling with my weight over the last few years so, after turning 40 last year and a wakeup call from my doctor, I've decided to take charge. Knowing [...]

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