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Cozy Smartwool Classics

Cozy Smartwool Classics

by Emily Gindle on Jan 28, 2011 1

These certainly aren’t brand spankin’ new, but has anyone checked out the Smartwool Classics? My two favorite companies have combined forces to make this cozy, comfortable shoe: a Classic sole with a Smartwool ballerina-cut toe sock inside. I haven’t had them long enough to start destroying them yet, but they’ve done something really smart to […]

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Exercises for the Sole

Exercises for the Sole

by Emily Gindle on Jan 09, 2011 1

My feet are not terribly well-behaved.  A coworker who’s a really talented boot fitter was somewhat amazed at how mobile my feet are and how much they pronate–meaning that when they’re holding up the rest of me, my arches flatten a lot and my ankles sink in.  My talented coworker recommended some very supportive insoles […]

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Two Feet vs. Two Wheels

Two Feet vs. Two Wheels

by Emily Gindle on Dec 30, 2010 0

It was with great trepidation and a lot of whining that I let myself be hauled into a car and driven along long snow-banked country roads to Cove Hollow to run.  My brother wanted to go for a mountain bike ride, and while I didn’t pack my bike into my luggage to visit my parents […]

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The Best Full-Body Workout

The Best Full-Body Workout

by Emily Gindle on Dec 27, 2010 3

There’s a new shoe out there that tones your butt and legs by creating “micro instability” with a bouncy raised heel. I won’t go into the issue of this Reebok shoe being made and marketed only for women. Nor will I comment on its first commercial, featuring close-ups of a woman’s breasts and buttocks having […]

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Barefooting in The Wasteland

Barefooting in The Wasteland

by Emily Gindle on Dec 20, 2010 0

Have you ever read T.S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land? I “read” it in college, which is to say that I ran my eyes over every word several times while nary a one sank in. It’s beautiful certainly, and epic, and travels a long landscape of emotions, but even with a copy of Cliff’s Notes, […]

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The Importance of Being Earnest (with your limitations)

The Importance of Being Earnest (with your limitations)

by Emily Gindle on Dec 10, 2010 0

Let’s admit it: Fivefingers wearers are a radical bunch. It comes with the territory, really. If we’re willing to try these crazy things on our feet (at the expense of getting toes stepped on and getting called names like frog foot, gorilla foot, or just creepy), we’re willing to try all sorts of things. Like […]

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The Fivefingers Climbing Experiment

The Fivefingers Climbing Experiment

by Emily Gindle on Dec 05, 2010 0

Ah, Cochise season. Psyched for a full day of backcountry climbing, we loaded the car, tossing in packs, rope, harnesses, gear, and a little summit pack with a couple liters of water, a camera, and snacks. We stopped for burritos on our way out of town, as is the ritual, and drove down the highway, […]

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The Joy of Bushwhacking

The Joy of Bushwhacking

by Emily Gindle on Dec 03, 2010 0

The most foul word in any language is not a swear word, it’s this: Bushwhack. I hate bushwhacking. Nearly every instance where it has been required of me in the past, I last about five minutes before I break down into an agitated, whiny puddle. Sometimes I cry. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an adventurous […]

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Eulogy for Some Dearly Departed Soles

Eulogy for Some Dearly Departed Soles

by Emily Gindle on Nov 19, 2010 2

After two years of devoted service, it is finally time to lay my first pair of KSOs to rest. The strap had broken once already and I had carefully sewn it back together. The stitching holding the sole together was coming out but the glue stayed strong. Through many trials and tribulations, many miles of […]

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Training Day: the sequel

Training Day: the sequel

by Emily Gindle on Nov 12, 2010 2

Is there something about finding a love for running that intrinsically turns one into a masochist? I asked myself this question several times as I ran up Finger Rock Canyon. Having checked out one side of my half-marathon trail, I thought the next day I would check out the other side. The darker side, it […]

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