As odd as it seems, I tend to get more comments when running in my Lunas than I do running barefoot. Maybe it’s the utter disbelief that someone would actually run with no shoes on that stops the comments, but regardless, there seems to be something about wearing them that attracts people attention.
Now, I’ve tried huarache sandals in the past, and I really didn’t like them, but something about the Lunas kept catching my attention. Maybe it was the fact that I’d read about Barefoot Ted and seen some of the videos he’s posted on the internet, maybe it was the fact that they just looked and sounded good to run in, or maybe it was all the positive reviews I read. Either way, I’ve ended up with a few pairs (3 to be exact) and really do enjoy running in them.
Running barefoot is not like running in barefoot style shoes. You may think your stride and movements are the same, but I’ve grown to realise that actually… They aren’t!
So what makes Lunas different, and why have I considered them as a sound footwear choice in case I need them between the 26th of July and whenever it is I finish this adventure?
- They are just simply comfortable! There’s no more to it than that on this score.
- They don’t seem to effect the way I run. This has actually surprised me, especially since comparing the wear pattern on the bottom of my sandals, they are actually different to the wear pattern on my “barefoot” shoes.
- Your feet don’t get that nasty trenched look if you are running in wet, boggy terrain.
- Blisters are a thing of the past!
- They are super easy to put on and take off.
- Grit is easily removed and mud between your foot and the foot bed (which is a problem) is solved by running through puddles.
- There is more toe space than any other shoe. I know this is obvious, but I think this is the key to getting your movement mechanics right.
- They last around 1000-2000 miles! This is ridiculous to me. I’ve spent so much money on shoes that generally last me around 200-300 mile of running, which is actually only a coupe of months max. These cost less than the average shoe and last 3-5 times longer.
- You get to call yourself a Lunatic.
I could keep going on an on about how great they are, but they are the main points that make them so good if you are wanting to go minimal. Over the next week or so, I am going to have to make a decision about which sandals I am taking with me on my journey, so I guess the next thing to do is to write a little post about each one and the reasons behind my eventual choice.
Barefoot Ted….. Thanks for going to that canyon and learning how to make these bad boys! They really are amazing to run in 🙂