Tim Brennan, childhood friend of Galahad Clark, talks to us about the resurgence of barefoot running and reveals the origins of VIVOBAREFOOT. In a series of articles he explains how he came to the idea of “hacking up” his Nikes in search of a truly barefoot shoe.
One of the major landmarks was the barefoot cover story on Nature magazine in January 2010.
That was the point where journalists started to bang the drum about barefoot running.
But why now?
At the end of last year we had a competition running in our UK stores. Anyone who tried on a pair of VIVOBAREFOOT shoes was eligible to enter this once in a lifetime competition. One lucky customer to win a holiday to the Caribbean island of Dominica, and 50 runners up to win a pair of VIVOBAREFOOT shoes.
We’ve contacted all the winners and everyone was very excited!
No more so than Cédric though…
He has won a stay for two in a private rainforest cottage, courtesy of Jungle Bay Resort. While there they are free explore the new 115 mile long Waitukubuli National Trail, amazing steaming valleys, the world’s 2nd largest boiling lake, 365 rivers rushing to the sea, national parks, lush vegetation and a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
“First of all thank you so much for this great present… I am so thrilled about the idea of going there [Dominica] !!
“I wanted to let you know, I have been using VIVOBAREFOOT Lesothos (2009 winter collection) for a year now and I love them! I even run in them sometimes, when not barefoot.”
So here’s Cédric Hénaux on his way to the Thames London to do some paddle boarding (as you do). He seems very in to outdoor adventure, and we’re sure he will make the most of this amazing trip!
He will going to Dominica later on this year, and will be writing a blog for us about his adventures in VIVOs, trekking through the rainforest. Looking forward to reading all about it!
Say hi to Toffee, she is gorgeous. At the moment she is just running around and marking her territory! But I got her some toys from Holly and Lils and she seems happy.
“The road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the road has gone, and I must follow, if I can, pursuing it with eager feet. Until it joins some larger way where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say.”
- J.R.R. Tolkien
This song reminds me of the pilgrimage that my brothers and I did last summer. It has a been a tradition in our family to travel St. James’ Way El camino de Santiago when one reaches the age of fifteen. Last summer it was the turn of my youngest brother.