Here's Asher Clark, of AMC Design talking about shoes, Terra Plana, sitting on the toilet and going barefoot.
Read the full interview on yankodesign.com
Here's a couple of the questions from the interview:
This is a question I've always wanted to ask the pro-barefoot camp. Many runners pronate or supinate and require corrective orthotics. Can these runners use the Evo comfortably?
Most people have been in shoes every walking hour of there life since they were kids and it stands to reason that if you jump out of your shoes and run a marathon your going to feel pain in places that you didn't even know existed. Absolutely, if you are new to barefoot you need to take it slowly and listen to your body, building up to longer runs and looking at improving your running technique with a like minded running coach. The?? hard soles of shoes actually cause a lot of foot problems and research shows that if you let you body move as nature intended, a lot of the problems you talk about can be corrected. For me personally barefoot just feels rite and perhaps is not for everyone but we were all barefoot once upon a time, right?
As head designer of Terra Plana, what inspires you? What do you do when you come to a creative block?
Am inspired to make things better…better to wear, better for the environment…just keep being better.
Check out this pretty awesome review of the Evo from Runner's World (August 2010).
What is it?
A stripped-down training shoe that replicates the excitement of barefoot running – but without the associated risks.
The initial couple of wears were, predictably, an odd experience. However, our tester quickly adapted and found them easy to run in and surprisingly comfortable. The thin soles did not jar the foot; in fact, the extra responsiveness was a welcome and novel sensation, the footstrike was noticeably lighter.
Check out this Terra Plana Evo review by Tina Dubois from Living Barefoot.
Here's the summary from review:
"Terra Plana has made another excellent product in the Vivo Barefoot Evo. It is a phenomenal all-purpose shoe as well as an amazing running shoe. It is extremely comfortable with or without socks and form fits to your feet well because of the laces. The barefoot feel is outstanding and, while running, definitely promotes a midfoot strike. It has incredible breathability because of the choice to use a mesh material surrounded by a TPU cage, allowing even the hottest feet cooling air flow. And, of course, the quality of the materials and manufacturing is superb. Although the price may put some people off from buying them, it is comparable to many running-specific shoes and should last much longer than their usually prescribed 500 miles. The Evo is a stellar minimalist shoe and the fact that they were specifically designed for running, which they also feel fantastic for, makes them even better."
Read the full article on the Living Barefoot website.
Here's what they said about the Evo:
"Mix it up with…some new gear.
Not ready to give up your running shoes but ready to lighten your load? Evo, Terra Plana's latest version of barefoot running shoes (designed to strengthen feet and leg muscles and encourage a front and midfoot strike), comes to the rescue in six summery colors. $160 at terraplana.com."
Read the rull article on Timeout.com
Natural Born Runners is a feature story in Augusts Body Fit magazine.
The article features out expert Lee Saxby and the Evo.
Lee Saxby says:
"You're looking at two million years of evolution against thirty years of technology,"
"I've never met anybody who couldn't learn to run barefoot. For some it takes longer than others. We spend up to 10 hours a day slumped in front of a computer, so we have to relaern our natural posture."
And here's the bit about the Evo:
"Featuring a 4mm punctur-resistant sole and TPU cage for ultra-light breathability, this is a great minimalist design."
Our new kids range in the Vivobarefoot family is announced on the Footwear Today website.