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New Barefoot Q&A Call

Posted by | Posted in Barefoot Running | Posted on 28-11-2012

On Saturday, December 1, 2012, I’ll be hosting another live teleseminar where I’m available to answer any questions you have about:

  • Barefoot running
  • The transition to barefoot
  • Minimalist shoes
  • Training
  • Xero Shoes (formerly Invisible Shoes)
  • Distance vs. Sprinting vs. Speed
  • … and anything else you can think of!

Time: The call is at 2pm Eastern Time, which is 11am Pacific time, and 1900 GMT (if you’re not sure what time that is, check www.time.gov

Dial in number: You can call in at no charge from the US (209.255.1000) or using any of the international numbers, below

Access Code: When you call, you’ll be asked for an access code. It’s: 951322#

No need no register, just call in at the correct time and join us for a fun and informative call!

Barefoot Teleseminar

Posted by | Posted in Barefoot Running, Barefoot Walking | Posted on 26-11-2012

Last night (November 25th), we had a teleseminar about all things barefoot, from running to walking to hiking to, well anything else that came up.

It was an open format call where I just answered whatever questions came up. We discussed:

  • Distance running form vs. sprinting form
  • The proper way to walk when barefoot
  • “Front side” vs. “Back side” mechanics
  • Which muscles you should be using when you’re barefoot/minimalist
  • Confusion about foot strike (and clarification about what’s correct)
  • Barefoot running injuries and what’s the best kind of injury you can get (seriously)
  • Why comparing sole thicknesses of minimalist shoes is meaningless
  • What makes Xero Shoes (formerly Invisible Shoes) different than other minimalist footwear, including other sandals
  • and a LOT more…

The call ran about 42 minutes and, no doubt, we’ll be doing more of them in the future. It was a lot of fun.

You can listen to the teleseminar here (click on the arrow):

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… or download the audio. Right click (or Ctrl-Click) here: Barefoot Teleseminar

If there’s a question we didn’t get to, feel free to ask it in the comments section or on our Forum. I may answer it here, or I may wait and schedule another barefoot teleseminar and dive into it on the call.

Our THIRD Anniversary Sale!

Posted by | Posted in Barefoot Running Shoes, Barefoot Sandals, Barefoot Shoes, Huaraches, Minimalist Running Shoes, Running Sandals | Posted on 22-11-2012

We’re THREE!

At the moment I’m writing this post, it was 2 years and 364 days ago that Lena and I launched our barefoot running shoes store

I want to tell you the story of how it happened, because it’s a fun one. But first, let me tell you how we’re celebrating:


Save 20% on EVERYTHING in the store until midnight December 2nd!

The Sale Has Ended… Thank you all for joining us in our Anniversary celebration!

That’s 20% off DIY kits and custom-made Invisible Shoes with our exclusive FeelTrue™ outsoles in 5 different colors (which are ALREADY discounted), our Classic Vibram Cherry kits, the limited edition Colored Vibram Cherry, laces, and all the decorative add-ons.

Now’s the perfect time to get that extra pair you’ve been thinking of, a few laces to have around, a cute charm, a bead kit… and, of course, it’s a great time for gifts. Not sure what to get someone, no worries, because we now also have:

Invisible Shoes Gift Certificates 

Find gift certificates in the store (scroll down the page), or click here to get one (that link will open a new page).

One other cool thing for our Anniversary week:

Get Answers To Your Barefoot Running and Invisible Shoes Questions

On Sunday, November 25th, at 9pm Eastern Time, I’ll be hosting a live teleclass where you can get answers to any questions you have about barefoot running or Invisible Shoes (including, “When are you OFFICIALLY becoming Xero Shoes!?”).

There are only a limited number of spaces on the call, so dial in a few minutes early.

Sunday, November 25th, 9pm Eastern Time (if you’re not sure about the time, check www.time.gov)
Dial – (605) 475-4700
Enter Access Code – 261560#

 We had 2 Teleseminars… the recordings can be found here and here

Okay, here’s the story I promised:

The story of how an argument started Invisible Shoes

Two years and a couple months ago, I made a pair of Invisible Shoes for Michael Sandler, the author of Barefoot Running. After I laced up his huaraches on him, he said, “You should do this as a business and not just a hobby.”

Up until that point, I had made a couple dozen pairs of sandals, and I was busy with a lot of other things, so I said, “Well, that’s a fine idea, but probably not something I have time for.”

“Well,” he added, “I have this book I’m writing, and if you had a website, I’d put you in the book.”

“Oh… well, why didn’t you say so?!”

When I got home, I shared this brilliant idea with Lena. “How would you like to be in the shoe business?” I asked, and then told her about my conversation with Michael.

“Umm, I think it’s just another one of your distractions and it’s a horrible idea. We’ve got a lot of things that we’re working on, that are almost done, and this is just going to take away from everything you should be doing.”

Okay, maybe her completely accurate assessment isn’t an “argument” per se, but you get the gist.

“You’re right,” I told her… and then I waited until she went to bed and built a website.

;-)

Actually, it took about 2 weeks to launch. And the day after it did, we made our first sale. Within 3 months, this was our full-time job. Three months after that, we have some former lead designers from Nike and Reebok giving us business advice and helping us design our new products.

Now 3 years after that argument, we’ve sold over 22,000 pairs of Invisible Shoes to people from ages 6-86 in over 82 countries. And we’ve also got to give back, contributing thousands of dollars to the Tarahumara Childrens Hospital Fund.

We’ve moved out of our house and into an office, hired our Customer Service Manager (and ultramarathoner), Bill Babcock, our Shipping Manager, Kim Bullard, and our new Chief Development Officer (and co-founder of Avia Footwear and former head of Global Product Design for Crocs), Dennis Driscoll.

With Dennis’s help, we have a LOT of new things in the works (as someone who can’t keep secrets, it pains me that I can’t tell you what they are yet) for our 4th year in business!

But, most importantly, we have are so grateful for all of our “Barefoot… PLUS!” customers (many of whom have become friends) and for all the emails we get every day from people telling us how much they enjoying being able to…

Feel The World!

Thank you SOOO much!

Now click here and enjoy the celebration sale! ;-)