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  • Lots of Barefoot Buzz in Boulder

    This Monday, May 30, the Bolder Boulder 10K will snake through Boulder, Colorado, proudly proclaiming “Sea Level is for sissies.” This course is jam-packed with bands, comedy acts and more along the race route and incorporates a ton of “mini waves” so runners don’t have to fight their way through a crowd of bodies at …
  • The Barefoot Days of Summer

    [Image credit: heyitsgarrett] Now that warmer weather is rolling in, maybe you’re starting to feel like the time is right to give that first barefoot run a try. After all, what could be more appealing than seeing that green spread of grass in the park or that inviting paved trail? Here are just a couple …
  • Design into Reality (Almost)

    Heading into summer, things at SKORA are starting to heat up. We’ve had a really great and busy few weeks and are excited about a lot of things that are coming down the pike. We’re moving ever closer to the much-anticipated tester pairs. It’s thrilling to think that before long we will finally be running …
  • Tips for Beginning Barefoot

    I touched briefly last week on the barefoot run when I talked about listening to your body when it comes to your training. I wanted to expand on that a bit, since I think a lot of people like the idea of barefoot running, but don’t know how to start or what to expect, so …
  • Your Body’s Natural Cues

    I’ve talked a lot over the last couple weeks about where we are with Skora; it’s really exciting to see the progress that is being made, and the momentum that is happening so swiftly. So I wanted to take a step back and talk a little about the why of Skora, why minimalist/barefoot running is …
  • Development Trip

    As I mentioned last week, I recently took a trip across the ocean to China to meet the folks who will be making our shoe and get to know the factory where the magic will happen. I went over for a week to the Guangdong Province of China. This was my first trip to Asia …
  • The Last is First

    It’s been a while since I’ve written, but it feels good to be back! When I started this blog, it was to document my journey with Skora, to let you see the process as it unfolds, and hopefully let you learn something along the way. Skora is about authenticity, and we want to be able …
  • From idea to conceptual planning

    [Image of an early concept sketch. Copyright Skora Athletics LLC] It was late autumn 2007 and the planning process was set in motion. I spent the prior 2 years working out the idea in my head, evaluating Nike and Vibram’s release of the first modern ‘barefoot’ shoes, and shaping what ultimately would become the essence …
  • A really early ‘2nd skin’ experiment

    I’m pretty certain I wasn’t the first or the only barefoot running enthusiast to take a pair of socks (or pair of shoes) and MacGyver a minimal 2nd skin. It was the summer of 2003 and I was still getting used to the heat of Ft. Myers, Florida. Without question a mecca for year-round running. …
  • The beginning (Part II)

    [Image credit: Mouldfish] I spent days pouring over what little barefoot running content was available online.  Remember, this was 2002. Before Vibram FiveFingers, before Nike Free and before hundreds (probably thousands) of media articles and blog posts about barefooting. I couldn’t help but feel betrayed by the footwear companies.  Lied to by my favorite running …
  • The beginning (Part I)

    I was never the fastest runner. Quite honestly, I rather disliked running all throughout school. It wasn’t until my early twenties that I discovered the pure joy of the sport. Granted, I initially got into running for the sole purpose of losing a few pounds. Within a few short months I became faster, trimmer and …