Monday, August 29, 2011

How to break in a pair of Merrell Barefoot Trail Gloves

It's true.  I do do dumb things.  They don't seem dumb at first.  But after much thought coupled with a little pain the error of my ways becomes perfectly clear.  So I don't really suggest you break in a pair of Trail Gloves this way.  But I hope you enjoy my little story about how NOT to break in these shoes.

First start by wearing some very thin socks for this break in.  You'll understand in a minute.

Step 1:  Spend 8 hours on your feet teaching middle school kids.  Make sure the floor only has a thin layer of non-padded carpet over solid concrete.

Step 2:  Go to golf practice and walk nine holes with the varsity.  Make sure you don't take any clubs out of your bag because you want as much weight in it as possible.  You don't want your players to think your soft or old.

Step 3:  Go home and change into some running clothes.  Make sure you change your socks because you don't want to run with wet socks.  Take you socks off.  These shoes were made to be worn without socks.

Step 4:  Run a couple miles at a slow pace.  You don't want to push it to hard because you want your feet to get used to being in minimalist shoes.  8:00 to 8:30 per mile pace should be about right.  To much to soon and you could injure yourself.

Step 5:  Whine and complain the rest of the night and all of the next day to your significant other about how bad your feet and calves hurt.  Don't worry, you probably won't get any sympathy from said significant other. At least not from my significant other.

And there you have it.   A perfectly broken in pair of Merrell Barefoot Trail Gloves.  Your feet will be perfectly broken in too but who cares right?

In all fairness, these shoes don't need to be broken in.  I love these shoes.  I don't think you need me to give you a long drawn out review of THE shoes.  There are plenty of those on the net all ready.  I will tell you that you need to work into these shoes a little at a time if you are used to going barefoot all ready.

I actually "broke these shoes in" back in April.I have worn these shoes to work multiple times now.  I've played golf in them a few times.  I've also gone on multiple runs in them.  The more I wear them the more I like them.  In fact I'm planning on buying a pair of the tough gloves as soon as the budget allows.

If you've been thinking about getting a pair of these I say go for it.  They ran true to size for me without socks on but a 1/2 size small with socks on.

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