Barefoot Running Sandals Contest

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We are running another contest to giveaway a pair of our GladSoles barefoot running sandals. The winner of the contest can choose any pair of our sandals as a prize. The contest runs from today to Monday February 17th, 2014 @ midnight. We will announce the winner on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014. This contest is for U.S. residents only. Use the widget below to participate.

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GladSoles Barefoot Running Minimalist Sandals review

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When I first laced my sandals, I felt that they were somewhat loose; they were shifting a bit, and not staying pressed against my foot. After retying them, keeping my heel towards the back of the sandal, and pulling the laces tighter, I corrected the issue. They now stay snug against my foot, and I know that they won’t be going anywhere.

Take your time with the sandals when you first get them. Test out several tying methods, seeing which one works best for you. You may even want to do a few “test runs” before deciding which one you like best. The great thing about GladSoles is that you can always change it up later on.

The biggest concern that people have with sandals, is the ability to run in them (and rightfully so). I wasn’t sure if I would be able to maintain my pace and distance in them. But, after my first run (stats to the right), I knew that GladSoles could keep up with my demands (even during marathon training). Actually, I’ve run some pretty quick runs using my new GladSoles, and topped 13.5 mile distances. I’ve even considered using them in my upcoming marathon.

The best thing about running in barefoot sandals is that you get incredible feedback from the ground. With GladSoles, this feedback is even greater because the tread fits right up against the bottom of your feet. Unlike other sandals that I’ve tried, GladSoles are extremely flexible, allowing them to act as a second skin. So, instead of the tread smacking the pavement with every step, you hear almost nothing. You feel that you are truly barefoot. This is one of the biggest reasons why I’m loving these sandals.

Customer Service

Something we often overlook when picking a product is the quality of customer service that comes with it. I’ve been amazed at the level of engagement that I’ve received from Rich since ordering my sandals. He has been there to answer my questions, and help me through every step of the ordering process. He’s even checked in with me to see how I’m enjoying my new footwear.

I would also like to mention that the folks at GladSoles treat you like a person, not a customer. Speaking to Rich has been like talking to friend. He is very laid back and fun to talk to. Now, I understand that most of us aren’t looking to make friends when we’re ordering kicks, but it’s nice to feel like more than just “another order.”

Barefoot Running Sandals Giveaway


Enter to win a pair of our ‘Original’ barefoot running sandals by using the widget below. Contest ends next Thursday January 16th, 2014 at midnight. This offer is for U.S. residents ONLY. Sorry international friends but we will run contests for you in the future.

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GladSoles Barefoot Running Sandals Review
by The Runninger

Earlier this year I discovered GladSoles Barefoot sandals on Twitter. I had been researching a few barefoot sandal brands and was instantly interested when I read more about GladSoles. The fact they are custom made was impressive , the fit could only be perfect if they are custom made.

A couple of weeks later I decided to order some, I decided on the Original instead of the Trail or Lite models. Although I run on some trails, a good percentage of my running is on road so I thought the Original was the best choice for me. I filled my cart online and found what I thought was a large issue. Shipping not available to Australia. This was a disappointment. I sent GladSoles a tweet asking if they would ship to Australia, within an hour I had a reply telling me to email and I would be able to order and shipping would be available. Awesome result, I emailed and was promptly emailed back. The same afternoon I did my tracing and emailed it through, my work was done, it was all up to the GladSoles team now. The same evening I got an email from GladSoles saying ” Your sandals have been made and posted this afternoon, and I’ve thrown in an extra set of laces for you.” Overall, fantastic service which is refreshing from an online purchase and something all online retailers should take note of.

Unfortunately two weeks had past before I ultimately received my sandals, it felt like two months because I was very excited to get these sandals and start running in them. It is a long way from the US to Australia so the postage time is the standard time, my impatience didn’t help.

Very keen to try, I quickly watched the you tube lacing video available and got them on my feet. My first run in the was a little 3km jog around the neighbourhood and instantly I liked what I felt. My first thought was that these gave incredible feel on the ground. 6mm of Vibram sole under your foot is not a lot, but it is enough to protect your feet and give a pure barefoot experience.

Since this first run I have given the GladSoles a solid test over many terrains and a variety of running paces. I have given them a test on road, both dirt and rocky trails, on the beach and in wet off road conditions. On all surfaces they have responded well. On road they give a Pure Zero Drop experience, amazingly low to the ground. I have run in other zero drop shoes but these are a different world away in terms of a low to the ground running experience. Plus my feet enjoyed being free. They are cooler and love the wind and elements against them.

Over trails I found the Original very good, on uneven terrain your feet will splay on landing allowing you to grip the terrain when needed. With only 6mm of Vibram between you and the trail you can feel everything you step on, giving you amazing feel on the ground and the confidence to raise your pace. I would love to compare the Trail models 8mm sole over the same type of terrain but I found the Original very good on these surfaces.

Overall the one thing that stands out after running in GladSoles is that I now look forward to every time I run in them. I have 3-4 other excellent pairs of minimal running shoes I can put on when I go for a run but more often than not I choose the GladSoles.

For those looking at a barefoot sandal I would highly recommend the GladSole Original. The fact they are custom made will ensure you have a perfect fit. I haven’t needed to tinker with the lacing design at all, they stay perfectly on my feet across all surfaces.

Tennis in KomodoSport Barefoot Shoes – Customized to Fit GladSoles Style

KomodoSport LS with the GladSoles Modification
KomodoSport LS with the GladSoles Modification

Last month I complained about being a little too busy to workout. Not so this month, as I’m happy to report that I only took 4 rest days the entire month of May! That means, more running, more yoga and my first tennis match of the season. Unfortunately, my lack of court time showed, and I was handily beaten by my friend Alex. On the positive side, I finally got to wear my new Vibram KomodoSport LS shoes out on the tennis court for some real match play.

Overall, I was happy with the performance of the newer KomodoSport LS model. Good traction, very lightweight, and no blistering. I did wear Injinji Performance Series Lightweight toesocks just in case, but I could probably get away going completely barefoot, as the interior of the KomodoSports is very smooth and comfortable.

My feet are pretty wide, and I found it much easier to get into the LS model because the lacing system allows for a larger opening on the top of the shoe. However, I wasn’t too impressed with the actual lacing and locking system that Vibram chose for this shoe. The locks didn’t work very well, and the laces had a little too much give to them. So, being the tinkerer that I am, I simply replaced Vibram’s system with the GladSoles laces and locks. I chose our neon yellow laces and pastel purple locks to match my sunny personality. The shoes felt much more stable with the new laces and locks installed, and it is now much easier to customize the fit. Plus, once the desired snugness is set, the new laces and locks actually stay put, even after a couple of hours on the tennis court.

With the weather getting warmer here in the Northeast, things are starting to get pretty busy in the sandal business. As long as I keep my fitness a top priority, get my workouts in, as well as  a few more meditations, hopefully I’ll be able to win some tennis matches in June. And, I’ll look good doing it in my custom-made Vibram KomodoSport LS / GladSoles combination tennis shoes!

Here are my exercise stats for May: (April stats here)

Running (in my GladSoles, Ultra-Minimal Tying Method): 19 times for a total of 148.29 km
Yoga:  7 sessions
Tennis:  1 match – not my best effort, but it’s good to be back on the court
Rest Days:  4