So I'm pretty excited about this post. First, because I was given an AWESOME pair of Merrell Barefoot shoes by the equally as awesome people at OnlineShoes.com. Secondly, because YOU have a chance to win a pair of these shoes as well. I'll tell you how you can win in a moment, but first let me tell you what I think about MY shoes. Are these not the cutest things you have ever seen? The shoes I chose were the Merrell Lithe Glove in Barberry.
I have worn Merrell Shoes for several years. I have boots and shoes, both meant to keep one's feet dry and warm in the winter. I always wear my Merrell boots in the winter to play in the snow and don't even need to wear socks. The point is, Merrell quality is top notch.
Barefoot shoes, however, are something new for me. I've wanted to try barefoot shoes for a long time, but I guess I was afraid to invest in them just in case I didn't like them. So when I was given the chance to try out a pair from OnlineShoes.com I was VERY excited.
When I first received the shoes I was so excited to wear them. The color and style made them so fun and I was actually excited to put them on my feet and go workout. I decided to wear them to CrossFit. It's important to have a flexible shoe in CrossFit and this Merrell Barefoot fit the bill.
|haha look at the baby foot in the background!|
I wore these shoes for the full hour of Crossfit with no socks and they were so comfortable. The thing I noticed most about them is that I DIDN'T notice them. Even though I'm accustomed to wearing regular "sneakers", wearing these shoes felt natural. I loved them! Plus, like I mentioned before, I just loved the look. They were fun and immediately put me in the mood to wear them and therefore, workout! Who doesn't need that kind of inspiration?
Today, I decided I was actually going to run in these shoes. I ran on the treadmill today and my Merrells came with me.
If you know anything about barefoot running, then you know it's not something you jump right into. I planned to ease myself into things and just wear these shoes for the first mile of the six I had planned. I'll admit by the half mile mark my shins were aching a little and I working a lot harder at running than I would have in my regular shoes.
I don't think this had anything to do with the shoes, however. They were comfortable and I didn't develop any blisters or irritation from the shoes. I just think my body has to get used to running with the different gait required to run in these type of minimalist shoes. I'm definitely going to keep working on increasing my mileage in these shoes bit by bit and I'm interested in seeing how they do outdoors as well.
Regardless, today I wore them for one mile and I didn't do half bad (this included my walking warmup).
I'd encourage you to go to OnlineShoes.com and check out the Merrell Barefoot shoes or any womens Merrell shoes (or Merrell shoes for men for that matter).
Once you decide what you like, you can enter to win you own pair. All you have to do is go to Style Central at OnlineShoes and vote for your favorite bloggers who lived the Merrell Lifestyle best and, just for doing so, they’ll give you a chance to win a FREE pair of Merrell shoes—up to a $110 value!
Trust me, you won't be disappointed. So do it. Click here, vote and get YOUR chance to win a great pare of Merrell shoes.
These shoes were provided to me free of charge, but all opinions are my own.