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    Just finished reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, and really enjoyed it. Now I want to go and get some huaraches for running. Luna Sandals has a DIY kit for $25. Seems like a great deal. Anybody have a pair? How do you like them? How do they compare with other minimalist/barefoot options? I have the VFF and I do love running in those, but honestly they can be a bit of a pain to get into sometimes.

  • #2
    I honestly don't see the appeal in huaraches, they seem like a major hassle to me (much more so than VFFs), but then again I've never actually worn them so I could be wrong.

    I read Born to Run last year and loved it as well. It inspired me to completely change my running style. I now run entirely in the "natural way" (short stride, cadence of 180, landing on my forefoot, etc) and there's no question in my mind that this is the better way to go. I like to go barefoot when possible (but I've only gone up to a mile like that), I like my VFF KSO's for longer distances, and my NB Minimus Trails (which don't have the best ground-feel but still work well when you've got the form down) for rougher terrain.

    I'd be interested to hear how you like huaraches, if you decide to get them.
    Last edited by ciep; 08-20-2011, 03:40 AM. Reason: spelling, thanks moon12

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    • #3
      I bought the expensive Equus model, and I really liked them. I wanted Vibes, but I have an off model foot shape.

      I don't run in them, though.

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      • #4
        I wear a pair of huaraches made per Invisible Shoes for walking and find them just like barefoot without the sole cuts. Mind you, I don't run in them because my knees and other leg joints don't allow running just yet, but they would work quite well. In fact, the site plugs the sandals as "the running sandals worn by the Taruhumara"--not that a marketing blurb is evidence. I do know they work well for my walking.
        Started PB late 2008, lost 50 lbs by late 2009. Have been plateaued, but that thing may just be biting the dust: more on that later.

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        • #5
          I own the Luna Originals and usually run most of my races in them and often do long trail runs with them as well. All of my PRs are done in them.
          The lacing may take a while to get used to but I now use the Patrick Sweeney method (look up video on youtube) and can now lace them up in a matter of minutes.
          Also, the lace that goes between the toes may cause blisters the first couple times you run in them. Your feet will adapt. Likewise with the knot that rests on the top of your foot. You can place tape or a bandaid in this area to prevent rubbing.
          I was sent a couple pairs of Invisible Shoes to check out but have yet to strap them on and test them. Likewise, Luna is supposedly sending me a pair of Catamounts and I am eagerly awaiting them. I hope to wear them for an upcoming 50k.

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          • #6
            $45 is pretty steep. What's the draw?

            How easy are they to clear of grit? How long does that sole last? Are they pliable?
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            • #7
              why not just run barefoot? i dont really get it
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              • #8
                Why not just go barefoot?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Mike Gager View Post
                  why not just run barefoot? i dont really get it
                  Originally posted by Barefoot Paul View Post
                  Why not just go barefoot?
                  That's obviously the best choice, but it takes time to build up skin that can handle it. I personally can't go more than a mile yet without my skin starting to tear. Running isn't a priority of mine, I just do it randomly for enjoyment, so I'm not sure I'll ever put in the time and effort to build up to 10+ miles in pure bare feet. For the time being, when I feel like going long I just through on my minimalist shoes.

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                  • #10
                    moon12: You got it right. Huaraches are nothing like what is being discussed here. See the picture in the link.

                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huarache_(shoe)
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by periquin View Post
                      moon12: You got it right. Huaraches are nothing like what is being discussed here. See the picture in the link.

                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huarache_(shoe)
                      you will note that the picture in the wikipedia article names this as "modern huaraches." While invisibleshoes are not made of woven leather, the design is likely closer to true traditional huaraches (and, frankly, the response of the elderly Mexicana on the bus made me a believer--when I answered someone's what are those? question, she looked at my feet, smiled, and nodded).

                      Either way, my homemade invisibleshoes are inexpensive, comfortable, and keep the city streets from slicing up my feet.
                      Started PB late 2008, lost 50 lbs by late 2009. Have been plateaued, but that thing may just be biting the dust: more on that later.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tangentrider View Post
                        Either way, my homemade invisibleshoes are inexpensive, comfortable, and keep the city streets from slicing up my feet.
                        Care to elaborate?
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                        • #13
                          I can't stand anything in between my toes, would love some type of sandal option that was minimalist but haven't come across one yet. Jesus sandals, or a gladiator type look is what I'm after.

                          The past two months though, I've been barefoot about 80% of the time. This will most likely change as the weather gets cold but I'm barefoot to drive, walk most places, and at work. I only really wear my shoes currently when walking to the trains and such. My feet are definitely getting used to it and feel oddly soft, yet strong. I'm excited to see how it progresses. I wish I enjoyed running a little more, but barefoot helps with that, it's definitely more engaging just to feel the ground.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by davem View Post
                            Care to elaborate?
                            A couple of years ago, i bought a kit from Invisible Shoes for about $20. That pair lasted through over a year of near daily use, until one of the side holes finally gave way. Some time before this, I purchased supplies: Vibram cherry sole from a shoe supply site, string from amazon.com, and thin cork "paper" (for a bit of insulation) from a local craft shop. These supplies added up to about $10 per pair. I am currently using my second pair for transit and exercise walking. I posted a short picture post about my shoes on my blog.
                            Started PB late 2008, lost 50 lbs by late 2009. Have been plateaued, but that thing may just be biting the dust: more on that later.

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                            • #15
                              tangentrider: tried to send a message, but unable.

                              I have always heard woven 'shoes' referred to as huaraches and other types, like the invisible shoe, called sandalias.

                              That isn't just from a contact or three. It is from speaking Spanish daily with many people from many latin nations.

                              I am not trying to be superior and make a point but I believe that you are a studious person and I think that you would appreciate the info.

                              It could be that I, my family, friends, and many contacts through the years are the wrong ones. My Casell's agrees with me though.

                              However, when push comes to shove, it doesn't really matter. Call them galoshes if you like.
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