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Jul 26, 2011

Minimalist shoes....

4 miles today.  Felt great today.  It's much cooler this morning than it has been over the past week.  Even 5 degrees makes a big difference.


Minimalist shoes.  I've been thinking about trying them for some time.  My biggest issue was buying a pair of shoes that I was only going to use 10% or less of the time I run.  My plan was to not use these shoes as a replacement for my regular running shoes but to supplement my shoes to help strengthen my legs and feet.

Fortunately, for me, I WON a pair of Somnio Nada barefoot shoes through Barefoot Angie Bee's blog.  I just received them yesterday in the mail.  Here's a few pictures of the real thing -
Nice looking pair of shoes
Look how flat these are!
They also came is a nice shoe box and a CD to help you learn how to stretch before you use them.  I love the "It's all about YOU" saying on the box:

Overall a really nice pair of shoes.  I'm going to take this really slow so I don't hurt myself.  Frankly, I probably should not be going straight to barefoot shoes.  I should probably go to something with less support than my Saucony's and then move to this but I will take it slow and ease up on the mileage.

So far, I've just tried them on to make sure they fit.  They run really large.  These are a 7.5 shoe and I normally wear an 8.5 - a full size difference!

One thing I noticed this morning as I was getting ready to go outside for my run is the huge difference in what I'm wearing now versus these.  The picture says it all:

Look how much bigger my Saucony Ride 2's are versus the Somnia Nada.  Wow - that's a really big difference!

Saucony's weight :  11.50 oz.

Nada's weight:  3.50 oz.

Question of the day:  What's the light pair of shoes you own?

Have a great day and.....Keep Running!!!!!


  1. I'm not sure of the weight differences in my shoes but my Nike Frees are a lot lighter than my Nike Structure Triax's. I can literally feel the difference when wearing them. I did a 3 miler for the first time in the Frees and now I'm up to 6 miles. Baby steps!

  2. i totally didn't even know that they were making a minimalist shoe. can't wait to hear more about it. i have a pair of racing flats that i wear to do speed work in and plan to wear in a 5k, if i ever get around to running one of those again :)

  3. Wow - those are light! I'm slowly making the transition to a minimalist shoe. I was running in Brooks Adrenaline when I got the chance to try the Saucony Mirage (7.9oz) - love how light they are while still offering some support. I'm now starting to rotate Saucony Kinvara (6.7oz) in for speedwork. Baby steps is definitely the way to go!

  4. I run long runs / marathons in the Kinvaras (8oz)
    Decent cushioning for 26.2 but the sole is a bit too stiff..i.e. bad for foot strength to use them too often. (I would never run in honking "SUV" shoes..that's how I got Achillies Tendonitis)

    So I run in Nike Free's (like Mallory above ) for all runs less than 13 miles to keep my feet in shape. They aren't zero drop but are similar to the Kinvaras

    I would be very careful going all the way to the Nada in one go. I wear Saucony Hattoris (4 oz, zero drop) for knocking around to keep my legs stretched out and you might start by doing that.

  5. those look awesome! I'd love to try a pair...well, work into them for my shorter runs. Enjoy them.

  6. When I'm not totally barefoot I run in water shoes...and have NO idea what they weigh. Look like interesting shoes...can't wait to hear what you think of them!

  7. I'll be really anxious to hear how you like these! I wear clunky cushioned trainers for my long runs, but I race my shorter tris (the runs are 10k and under) in Pearl Izumi Iso Transitions. They weigh nothing.