GladSoles & Glasstic Water Bottle Giveaway

Enter to win a pair of GladSoles Barefoot Running Sandals and a Glasstic Water Bottle by using the widget below. Contest ends next Monday July 20th, 2015 at midnight.

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Glasstic Water Bottle is the break-resistant and shatterproof glass water bottle offering the purity of glass with the portability of plastic. With all the BPA worries, Glasstic is your hydration solution.

Use coupon code ‘REV15OFF’ and get 15% off any bottle purchase (excluding already discounted mulit-packs) on the Glasstic Water Bottle site or Amazon thru Dec 31, 2015

GladSoles Eco, is THE WORLD’S FIRST Eco-Friendly, custom-made-to-size sandal on the market, because it’s made from 100% Upcycled Rubber Tires. It is approximately 5.5mm thin, has a non-slip nylon footbed, and is extremely flexible. Great for all of your on and off-road adventures. It has an aggressive tread that really grips the roads and trails equally well.

Custom 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.

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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!
ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE AND MOST APPRECIATED

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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.

*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!

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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.

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!

The Runninger’s Barefoot Transition

One of our Twitter followers purchased a pair of our barefoot running sandals to help his transition to going barefoot. He’s an Australian marathon, triathlon and Ironman runner with an amazing story. Visit his blog here: TheRunninger.com

Excerpt below:

…Enter Glad Soles barefoot sandals, I found them on Twitter and recently purchased some. Never has my running felt more pure or enjoyable, running barefoot without the stress of hurting your feet is a wonderful feeling and has allowed me to complete my barefoot transition. I call it Pure Zero Drop running.

The Barefoot Bonez Tying Method

GladSoles is dedicated to bringing you the best barefoot running experience possible. In doing this we present new fun and exciting ways to enjoy our barefoot sandals. Among the many ways to enjoy our sandals is the tying method.

There are multiple ways to tie your GladSoles and Barefoot Bonez shares his technique with us. We do recommend trying our method first but we are not opposed to trying other ways. If you have a specific way you like to tie your GladSoles, feel free to share with us so we can share it here on our blog.

The Barefoot Bonez Tying method:

“Around the back, to The right & under on the left. Then around the back on the left & under on the right (REPEAT x3). Now tie off how ever you like.” – Barefoot Bonez

Top 10 Reasons to Buy GladSoles

10. Cruelty-Free, Animal Approved
We do not use leather, glue, or any other animal-based products to make our sandals. They’re vegan-friendly.

9. They’re Ultra-Light
GladSoles weigh practically nothing. Even Nike Frees feel heavy by comparison. It’s a pleasure to walk and run without feeling weighed down below the ankle. They’re also easy to pack since GladSoles lie absolutely flat. My GladSoles take up almost no room in my suitcase or backpack.

8. No Knot Underneath
Some minimal sandals have a knot underneath the sole, ours don’t. Smooth, flat and awesome.

7. Machine Washable
I was out running in the rain, and just at the end I splashed through a mud puddle. I threw my muddy GladSoles in the washing machine with the rest of my clothes and let them air dry. They’re as good as new!

6. Room to Move and Breathe
Letting my toes move freely, and letting the skin on my feet get fresh air and sunlight are what got me hooked on barefoot running. It just feels so good. GladSoles give me just what I need: a little protection, but nothing to encumber me.

5. Rain or Shine
So I was out on a walk / hike / run and it started to rain. My feet got wet of course, but the Vibram® sole didn’t noticeably absorb any water, and the nylon lacing wasn’t phased either. Other shoes get squishy when wet. But in my GladSoles, the rain comes and goes and my feet are perfectly fine either way. No chafing or discomfort.

4. Easy Lacing
Yes, I had to follow the instructions to figure out how to tie them. And it took a little tweaking to get the tension just right. Now that I’ve found the right lacing for me, I can slip them on and off without re-tying them. I wasn’t sure if I’d have to re-do them each time. I don’t! Yay.

3. Zero-Drop = Full ROM
The sole is perfectly flat, which means I enjoy full range of motion in my ankle joint. That means I get full extension of my calf muscles, because my heel fully descends. It’s more functional, and better for my strength and flexibility below the knee. Plus, it just feels good.

2. Vibram® Soles
Vibram® knows a lot about how to make a sturdy, non-slip sole. They’re thin, flexible and ultra-comfortable. They protect my feet without getting in the way of my natural gait.

1. Custom-Made by Hand for My Own Two Unique Feet 🙂

GladSoles Sandals — Not Just for 5K Race Winners

Maplewood NJ 5K Race –

Jennie + Rich at the 2013 Maplewood 5K Race

This Sunday I decided to venture out with Rich for his latest New Jersey 5K race.  It was the 13th annual “Maplewood in Motion” 5K Race, with proceeds going to benefit the Maplewood Lions Club charities and Rent Party – an organization dedicated to fighting hunger in Maplewood and South Orange.  It’s an event that I’ve run a few times over the years.  My first time was in 2003 — when I first decided to get on a post-babies fitness kick.  Back then I ran it in New Balance sneakers, this time in my barefoot running sandals

On race day it’s a good idea to get up as early as possible so that you have time to get some nutrition in your system, but stop hydrating well before the race starts (See Rich’s take on that here, in his blog post – GladSoles CEO Comes Within…).  I got up at 6am, ate, cleaned the kitchen, folded laundry, watched some tv, and took my time to get ready.

Conditions were perfect: sunny, but breezy with a little fall chill in the air.  Rich and I “represented” with our GladSoles on our feet, and our logo on our shirts.  I’m a much slower runner than Rich, so this was an opportunity for people much further back in the pack to see our running sandals in action. At the start of the race a little girl who was running in sneakers and a pretty dress asked if I was really going to run in my sandals.  At the end of the race a fellow competitor asked me about the slogan (“Make Your Feet Happy”) he’d been reading on my back during the race.   

Rich posted another excellent time of 19:59, coming in sixth place overall.  With my slow pace of 10:56 minutes a mile I finished the race in 34:05, which goes to show that you can enjoy minimal running at any pace:)

–Jennie

 

Maplewood 5K Race in Minimal Sandals