Check out these babies! =) Yes, you're right, they look like Jesus sandals. Yes I cut out the soles myself. Yes, I think that's cool in a dorky sort of way. Yes, the idea is from the book "Born to Run"(*See side note below). Yes, they are super fun to run in and provide a bit of protection and a tiny bit of support. Yes, there are a million ways to tie them-this way slips on and off though. =)
I have not taken these for a long test run, only short, but plan to wear them on trails where I fear my nice shoes will be ruined in the mud. The boys think they are really "neat".
(I got Born to Run as a gift and thought it was very interesting. There was a few instances of bad language that would keep me from recommending it to any one without question. There is also a brief section on the unique evolution of the foot which I thought was annoying because it basically said the foot was perfect-like a genius engineer created it- and yet the author still says it evolved. =) The instructions for making these shoes can be found by googling "feel the world" or "invisible shoes".
Warning added a day after short run: The front of my feet are a little tender again. Feels like the same soreness I had after beach running with no shoes. POSE running works in a shoe with a bit of padding in the front and support across the top of the foot. Barefoot or in these sandals...take it easy and don't "push off" the front of your foot like you would in running shoes. well you can, but your feet will be sore. ;) Barefoot stride still comes down on the front of the foot but then the rest of the foot follows down softly and quickly picks up again. That's in theory...I haven't gotten it totally figured out yet. IF I do get it right, my feet supposedly won't hurt anywhere in particular and I'll get the float along feeling across the ground not pounding. Until then, only a mile or less at a time shoeless so I don't hurt myself. ;) And you may be asking yourself why I even try this...well I don't know exactly. It reminds me of when I was a little kid running over our gravel drive way with no shoes...or walking in the creek. I like that.