Those of you that have been a part this marathon I call life for a while know I have an emotional attachment to my running shoes. I mean I have two pairs of my favorite running shoes on standby should Nike decide to discontinue them. So when I was contacted by an up and coming Fitness Company called Be Real Shoes to try their unique workout/running shoes designed for the minimalist. At first I have to admit I was a little skeptical. However, after I learned more about them, I decided to give them a try for a number of reasons, but mostly because they promised to be everything and more I am looking for in a running shoe.
~Be Real Shoes are designed with a patent-pending approach to create an incredibly lightweight material, while also providing protection and traction. Check
~Be Real Shoes are designed to be pure awesomeness in every running environment. Since I run pavement, trail and in the mud. Check.
~ Be Real Shoes are designed to run in every running environment they are also a perfect shoe for strength training, crossfit, mud and water. And running on the beach and going to the lake too? Check
~They are made in the USA utilizing eco-friendly manufacturing techniques enabling the rubber soles to be 100% recyclable. Yes. 100%. How cool is that?! Check
~Living in California I know surfing is a big “thing”, I enjoy heading to the beach and watching the surfers, maybe I should give surfing a try?! Because Be Real Shoes are also fantastic on a surfboard and the wider forefoot is a great paddling aid – almost like mini flippers – and perfect for shortboards.
So now you understand why giving these shoes a try didn’t take much convincing right?
When they arrived in the mail I was excited to give them a try. Keep in mind they recommend that you wear no socks with them, which felt a little funny at first, but not for long! I ran the creek trail (pavement) and right away I noticed I felt less of an impact, they are unbelievably lightweight and if I didn’t know any better, they feel like I wasn’t wearing running shoes at all. They are comfortable and honestly I was pleasantly surprised how well I adapted to them! I can’t wait to give them another try on my favorite muddy/rocky trail, wear them for a couple of mud runs I am planning on running this year, running on the beach and going to the lake!
And the best part is my Nike Free Runs and Be Real running shoes have become friends and I do not mind sharing their now combined role of being both of my favorite running shoes.
Be Real Shoes are not available to purchase until early 2014, but the buzz has already grown for the brand and the expected awesomely reasonable price. I am so excited and grateful to been given an opportunity to give them a try, and the best part is, I love them.
I am considering do a giveaway for a pair of Be Real Shoes, they are still finalizing/perfecting their sizes and I have a pair that will fit someone great who wears a 7 ½ size shoe. Who’s interested?!
And stay tuned the healthy whipped topping recipe I made a “thing” post is coming next!
Do you have an emotional attachment to your running shoes?
Did you have a good week? Are you racing this weekend?
What did you do today to be active?
Until next time, always be true to yourself and think like a boss!