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Vivobarefoot Mens Ultra M Multisport Shoes 300009-&hellip VIVOBAREFOOT
Read some of the barefoot shoe stuff on the web and you will come to believe that these sort of shoes will transport you into a different sensory realm, will recharge your legs and provide you with boundless strength and agility. In fact, there seems as much hyperbole about shoes that are trying really hard not to be shoes as is turned out by the shoes that are stuffed with technology.

I ended up down this route because it seemed that my favourite around-the-house-and-garden Crocs were aggravating an old ankle injury. When I stayed away from the Crocs for a few days it got better. Walking around barefoot (or in socks) seemed to help a lot. Trouble is I have diabetes and need… Read more
Running Free: A Runner's Journey Back to Nature by Richard Askwith
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It's difficult to write about something you are passionate about without at times becoming evangelical or appearing to dismiss the alternatives. In 35 years of running I've been through most of the phases that Askwith describes in his book - though as many of these were in a more innocent, pre-internet age, perhaps I avoided some of the excesses of consumerism that he rails against. Thus his book veers an a times awkward course between personal recollection (which will doubtless strike some chords with fellow runners), criticism of commercialisation of running, and evangelical espousal of a form of running that will probably not be easily accessible to the vast majority of the running… Read more
Mandolin Tutor: The First Twenty Lessons by Simon Mayor
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I took up the mandolin only a few months ago, after being a (bad) fiddle player. Admittedly this means that I'm not a raw beginner, but Simon Mayor's book has been a very good introduction to the instrument and I've raced through the book pretty quickly. He takes things from the basics and introduces everything step by step. The example pieces are appropriately difficult for each stage but enjoyable in themselves (a minimum of academic scale-bashing exercises). He also injects a note of humour that seems to be rare in these sort of books. Don't miss out on the accompanying CD.

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