Jennie Amias Runs for a Cause

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A mom and active runner, Jennie lives in New Jersey but hails from London, England. When she learned that a young woman in her congregation was affected by Niemann Pick Type C she wanted to know what she could do to help.

Jennie is running to raise awareness and dollars for research on May 18th, 2014. The 1/2 marathon she is running is in Morristown, NJ and is known as the Superhero Half Marathon. Her racing fees support Meals on Wheels but she is hoping to “RUN” a secondary campaign to support Nieman Pick Type C.

Show Jennie some love so she can help us Chase the Cure for NPC!
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GladSoles May Bundle Giveaway!

Enter to win any pair of GladSoles minimalist sandals, 500g of africrops! Moringa Oleifera powder and a VegRunChat headband by using the widget below. Contest ends next Sunday May 26th, 2014 at midnight.

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Whether you’re hiking the trails or just going for a walk, GladSoles will get you where you need to go in style and comfort. GladSoles come in 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm Vibram® soles. The lace is recessed into the bottom of the sole, and very easy to swap out.

Sizing:
Every pair of GladSoles is completely custom-made by hand, based on tracings of your feet. Take it slowly when you trace your feet, as an accurate tracing ensures a perfect fit.

The GladSoles Trail Specs:
Weight: 3.2 oz (per sandal, laces included, size 9)
Thickness: 8 mm
Tread: aggressive tread – durable, oil resisting, non-slip
Ground Feel: very good – slightly muted feel compared to GladSoles Original
Does it float? yes
Other: Vibram Newflex 8mm is a rubber/foam composite blend with an advanced traction pattern on the out-sole. Lightweight and overall the most comfortable sole material we offer.

Comparing the different GladSoles models:

GladSoles Lite – As you can tell from the name, this is our lightest weight and thinnest (4mm) model. Great for the pool & beach. This model has less structure than the Original or the Trail. Best suited for those of you who really want to feel every little nook and cranny that you might encounter on and off-road. Kids really love this model.

GladSoles Original – This is where it all started. The GladSoles Original is our most versatile sandal. It’s 6mm thin, really light weight and works well on many surfaces. Recommended for all first time, barefoot sandal wearers! This sandal has some structure to it, and will mold to your feet after you wear them around for a few days. Perfect for running, walking, hiking, casual wear – it’s a great all-around sandal.

GladSoles Trail – This is our most secure and rugged sandal. It is 8mm thick, but will mold to your feet within a few days. Great for all of your off-road adventures. It has an aggressive tread that really grips the trails well, but will wear down a little quicker on asphalt and other man-made surfaces. The Trail model is made for all you trail runners out there, plus it’s an all-around, really comfortable everyday sandal.

Warranty:
It’s really simple. If you have an issue with your sandals, just let us know and we will fix it. We take great pride in our sandals and want to make sure that you love them as much as we do!

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Barefoot Benefits Explained by Integrative Wellness

Dr. Dr. Nicole Rivera D.C. & Dr. Nicholas Carruthers, D.C., explain the benefits of being barefoot with GladSoles.

Whether you’re hiking the trails or pounding the city pavements, GladSoles Trail will get you where you need to go in style and comfort. GladSoles Trail has a 8mm Vibram® sole with tread for extra traction. The lace is recessed into the bottom of the sole, and very easy to swap out.

Each pair comes with an eco-friendly and reusable natural fiber bags. Our bags are a green alternative to plastic, paper, cotton, and canvas bags. Our burlap bags are produced from sustainable resources offering a bag that minimizes the harmful impact of plastics on our beautiful planet.

• GladSoles Lite — As you can tell from the name, this is our lightest weight and thinnest (4mm) model. Great for the pool & beach. This model has less structure than the Original or the Trail. Best suited for those of you who really want to feel every little nook and cranny that you might encounter on and off-road. Kids really love this model.

• GladSoles Original — This is where it all started. The GladSoles Original is our most versatile sandal. It’s 6mm thin, really light weight and works well on many surfaces. Recommended for all first time, barefoot sandal wearers! This sandal has some structure to it, and will mold to your feet after you wear them around for a few days. Perfect for running, walking, hiking, casual wear — it’s a great all-around sandal.

• GladSoles Trail — This is our most secure and rugged sandal. It is 8mm thick, but will mold to your feet within a few days. Great for all of your off-road adventures. It has an aggressive tread that really grips the trails well, but will wear down a little quicker on asphalt and other man-made surfaces. The Trail model is made for all you trail runners out there, plus it’s an all-around, really comfortable everyday sandal.

Dr. Nicole Rivera D.C.
Doctor of Chiropractic, Nutritionist specializing in Chronic Illness, Wellness Coach

Dr. Rivera graduated cum laude from Life Chiropractic College West after completing an undergraduate degree from Widener University in Psychology Pre-Med. While attending Chiropractic College, Dr. Rivera developed her expertise in chiropractic neurology, sports chiropractic, pediatric care, and blood-hair based nutrition. Integrative Wellness Group’s state of the art technology and highly specific whole body technique provides the ultimate approach to getting people well. Dr. Rivera is committed to providing a solution to as many families as possible to get well and stay well.

Dr. Nicholas Carruthers, D.C.
Doctor of Chiropractic, Sports Nutritionist, Wellness Coach

Dr. Carruthers acquired his doctorate degree from Life Chiropractic College West, one of the leading chiropractic colleges in the country. Dr. Carruthers also obtained a Bachelors degree in Fitness Management from Wartburg College. Dr. Carruthers has extensive knowledge in sports rehab including kinesiotaping, neuromusclar re-education, and rehabilitative exercise. Dr. Carruthers treats every patient as an individual understanding that each person has different needs, which require a care plan specific to him or her. He promotes total wellness, including an emphasis on nutrition and the importance of exercising properly.

Win a Pair of GladSoles

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Enter to win any pair of GladSoles minimalist sandals by using the widget below. Contest ends next Monday March 31st, 2014 at midnight. The winner will receive one pair of GladSoles (any model: Lite, Original or Trail)
*International participants must pay shipping cost if chosen as winner.

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Whether you’re hiking the trails or just going for a walk, GladSoles will get you where you need to go in style and comfort. GladSoles come in 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm Vibram® soles. The lace is recessed into the bottom of the sole, and very easy to swap out.

Sizing:
Every pair of GladSoles is completely custom-made by hand, based on tracings of your feet. Take it slowly when you trace your feet, as an accurate tracing ensures a perfect fit.

The GladSoles Trail Specs:
Weight: 3.2 oz (per sandal, laces included, size 9)
Thickness: 8 mm
Tread: aggressive tread – durable, oil resisting, non-slip
Ground Feel: very good – slightly muted feel compared to GladSoles Original
Does it float? yes
Other: Vibram Newflex 8mm is a rubber/foam composite blend with an advanced traction pattern on the out-sole. Lightweight and overall the most comfortable sole material we offer.

Comparing the different GladSoles models:

GladSoles Lite – As you can tell from the name, this is our lightest weight and thinnest (4mm) model. Great for the pool & beach. This model has less structure than the Original or the Trail. Best suited for those of you who really want to feel every little nook and cranny that you might encounter on and off-road. Kids really love this model.

GladSoles Original – This is where it all started. The GladSoles Original is our most versatile sandal. It’s 6mm thin, really light weight and works well on many surfaces. Recommended for all first time, barefoot sandal wearers! This sandal has some structure to it, and will mold to your feet after you wear them around for a few days. Perfect for running, walking, hiking, casual wear – it’s a great all-around sandal.

GladSoles Trail – This is our most secure and rugged sandal. It is 8mm thick, but will mold to your feet within a few days. Great for all of your off-road adventures. It has an aggressive tread that really grips the trails well, but will wear down a little quicker on asphalt and other man-made surfaces. The Trail model is made for all you trail runners out there, plus it’s an all-around, really comfortable everyday sandal.

Warranty:
It’s really simple. If you have an issue with your sandals, just let us know and we will fix it. We take great pride in our sandals and want to make sure that you love them as much as we do!

Shipping to all countries

Tracing Your Feet is Easy

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People think the most daunting part about ordering our custom-made sandals is the foot tracing but it’s REALLY EASY! We have a video that you can watch (see below) that demonstrates how it’s done. There is a sample tracing (click here) that you can look at to allay any fears. Or, you can just give us a call at 973-951-4404 and we’ll walk you through it.

We know that it would be easier to offer standard sizes like all the other footwear companies. But we also know that nothing compares to wearing a sandal that is made for your own two feet. Take the extra couple of minutes and trace your feet. You will be happier and your feet will thank you 🙂

The Details:

Tracing your feet accurately ensures that your GladSoles will fit you perfectly.

Take your time when tracing, as the more accurate your tracings are, the better fitting your sandals will be.

It’s best to stand while doing the tracings. It might be easier to have someone else do the tracing for you. I like to start at the heel and trace forward to the toes. Then I start at the heel again and trace forward around the other side of the foot. No matter how you do it, try to keep the pencil vertical as you trace.

Tracing your feet is easy. Just take your time and don’t forget to mark the space between your big & 2nd toe. See the attached picture so you can see how to do it. You can also view the instructional video here.

Scan & Email, or Regular Mail Us Your Tracings:

If you have access to a scanner, just make sure to save your scan as a PDF file (Adobe Acrobat). And, make sure that it’s set to actual size with NO scaling. You should also check to make sure that the correct paper size is selected (US Letter, 8.5 x 11 inches). Draw a ruler line on your tracings with inch marks (6 of them would be good). We need this ruler line so we can make sure that the sizing is correct when we print out your tracings on our end.

Or, if you prefer, just send us your tracings in the regular mail: GladSoles, 194 West Fairview Avenue, South Orange, NJ 07079

Please DO NOT take a picture of your tracings – photos can skew the footprint, making it very difficult to produce a well-fitted sandal.

And, if you have any questions or need help with all of this, just give us a call at 973-951-4404 or email me directly at Rich @ GladSoles.com

Go ahead and trace your feet, your GladSoles will be on their way to your door very soon!

Win 2 Eco-Friendly GladSoles Shirts

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GladSoles is giving away a pair of their eco-friendly t-shirts. That means one for you and one for your friend. Or you could keep both for yourself. The contest starts on Wednesday February 19th, 2014 and ends on Thursday February 28th, 2014 at midnight. International entries must pay shipping fees if they win. There can only be one winner.

Use coupon code: ‘gobarefoot‘ to get 20% OFF our minimalist barefoot sandals until the contest ends.

Our t-shirts are soft, comfortable, stylish and eco-friendly. They’re made from 50% transitional organic cotton, and 50% post-consumer polyester. Each t-shirt uses three 20-ounce plastic bottles, to be exact. They come in 4 sizes, for both men and women cuts, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect fit.

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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
by ForkstoFeet.com

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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.”

Win Two Eco-Friendly GladSoles T-Shirts

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Win Two Eco-Friendly GladSoles T-shirts

Thank you for participating in our GladSoles minimalist sandals giveaway and congrats to the winner. Today we launch our Double T-Shirt giveaway. Win a t-shirt for yourself and give one to a friend. Use the widget below to enter the giveaway. The contest runs for about a week and you can place new entries daily.

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Barefoot Running Sandals Review by EvelinRuns

It shouldn’t be a surprise to you that I now like what could be called “minimal” shoes as you’ve seen me running a bunch in SKORA since I first got my hands on them last spring. Before transitioning to zero drop, or minimalist shoes like a lot of people want to call them, I had never thought that it would happen. At least not in the near future.. All I heard was that I needed a cushy shoe for my medium-high arches, and as a fairly new runner I believed it was the truth and nothing but the truth. Of course, we are all different and I’m sure the “traditional” cushiony shoes are perfect for some runners. However while I was transitioning to zero drop and less shoe I came to realize that this was great – I had found “my way” through the running shoe jungle. Zero drop and “less shoe” – more strength – better form (or a reason to work on my form). Since making SKORA my beloved go-to shoes I have been curious about trying out even LESS of a shoe – I have been looking at sandals, both for running and everyday wear (after all I live in Hawaii and I don’t have a sandal tan?! Just kidding, maybe.). So when GladSoles contacted me asking me if I wanted to try and review their custom made sandals I jumped on it!

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After having a chat with GladSoles I got my feet traced. This is done to get a pair of custom made sandals – made for just YOU and your feet when you put in your order. After tracing your feet you can scan and email your foot tracings to GladSoles, or simply send it with snail mail. Once GladSoles received my tracings things were moving fast, within a day or two my custom made sandals were on their way from the far East to the Big Island of Hawaii.

The Runninger GladSoles Barefoot Running Sandals Review

To be honest I could barely wait to get these sandals and try them on. So when they did arrive just a few days later, I hurried up getting the lacing guide videos up on the computer and I got going.. I had a lot of fun trying different colors of laces and different tying techniques and probably bugged my post-work tired husband to the maximum by constantly saying something in the lines of “Look baby, they even look great on my ugly feet?!”, “What color of laces should I use first?” or “Which tying method do you like better?”.

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The great thing with this kind of sandal is that you can tie them on in so many different ways and therefore find one or more tying methods that fit your feet perfectly and will make for great fit and feel when your running, walking, doing yoga or whatever you choose to do in the sandals. GladSoles offer a tutorial video for the standard GladSoles tying method. This was really helpful for me when tying them on the first time, and.. This method is great! I used this for my first few runs, the sandals stayed put on my feet perfectly while running and a big pro is that you don’t have to re-lace the sandals every time you put them on – you just slip them on/off, which of course is very convenient!

Since I’ve been using the sandals more I’ve found other ways to tie the sandals on that also works great for me – same basics but different placement of the laces. I found that experimenting with the tying methods and watching YouTube/Vimeo videos for tutorials and ideas was very interesting and fun. For everyday wear I really like the traditional Huarache tying method. I have been using a variation of GladSoles tying method and the latest one I tried and also liked a lot is a variation of Barefoot Bonez method. Why am I using the word variation so much? Yes, because our feet are all different and different tying methods and placements of the laces will be good for different people.

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So after experimenting and doing some tweaking with the tying methods a bit I got going running in the sandals. I received the GladSoles Trail model with 8mm sole and a bit of thread on the sole (see photo above) and these sandals are just amazing for running. I have been running on both roads and on trails and both have been wonderful experiences – there is something very special with being barefoot in nature, feeling the air against your feet as you move forward. I am somewhat a clumsy girl and was worried I would trip, both running on roads and trails, but I haven’t even been close to tripping?! This obviously has to do with how well the sandals stays on my feet, they really stay put and move with my feet. I especially enjoy trail running in the GladSoles, the ground feel is truly AMAZING and makes for smooth and secure running while the sole is still offering great protection against hard rocks, uneven surface etc. I love the way my feet are allowed to splay and it is obvious that my feet due to this have the ability to fully adjust to the ground beneath me! Running in the sandals have been wonderful and I will keep enjoying it. A lot.

Another thing I really like about GladSoles is that they as a company put in effort on being sustainable and cruelty free. The sandals are completely vegan (no leather or animal based glues) and nobody, nor animals or people, were harmed in the making of the sandals – I love that.

What I also have been happy about with these sandals is that they work just as well for everyday wear as for running. I live in Hawaii and haven’t had a pair of sandals that treated my feet well for… A long long time. Therefore I have used them when going to the beach or to town running errands etc. Every time I am around people I tend to get compliments on my nice looking sandals – who doesn’t love that?! For runners who aren’t quite ready to try running in sandals, I would say definitely think about using GladSoles for everyday wear – by being close to the ground and zero drop they will help you naturally work up strength and mobility in your feet which will help you with your running. Plus, they stay put on your feet which will save your from the “toe pinching” technique many of us use to keep sandals like flip-flops in place while walking.

Do yourself a favor and make your feet happy with GladSoles! Head on over to GladSoles.com, choose your sandals, color of laces and use the code “EvRuns” for 15% off! I highly recommend these sandals for running, both road and trails, and for a pair of great looking and comfortable sandals for everyday wear.

Barefoot Running Sandals Giveaway

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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.