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Sunday, December 04, 2011

Invisible Shoes: The Crocs of minimalism

Invisible Shoes TM by Feel the world , Inc. are based on traditional huaraches sandals as worn by the Tarahumara Indians or so the manufacturers claim. The Tarahumara (or RarĂ¡muri) are a Native American people of northwestern Mexico who are renowned for their long-distance running ability. RarĂ¡muri, means "runners on foot" or "those who run fast" in their native tongue. The Tarahumara also use the toe strike method of running, which is natural for bare-footed runners. The long-distance running tradition also has ceremonial and competitive aspects. Often, male runners kick wooden balls as they run in "foot throwing" competitions, and females use a stick and hoop. The foot throwing races are relays where the balls are kicked by the runners and relayed to the next runner while teammates run ahead to the next relay point. These races can last anywhere from a few hours for a short race to a couple of days without a break. Again according to the manufactutrer, the new sandals offer an outsole specifically designed for barefoot running. The shoes were developed by former lead designers from Reebok and Nike and their synthetic rubber outsoles have dual-direction Chevron tread for traction in all conditions. Invisible Shoes start at only $20, weigh in at 3.8 ounces and have a “zero drop” (no height difference between the front and rear of the shoe). They are available in two styles: 4mm and 6mm (for extra protection). The company offers a 5000-mile warranty.
Invisible Shoes are custom made to perfectly fit your foot, either with a simple “custom-made for you… by you!®” DIY kit, or made professionally by the company based on a tracing of your foot. Ten percent (10%) of net profits from the sales of Custom Invisible Shoes are donated to the Tarahumara Children’s Hospital Fund.

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