So Guys, I am in a dilemma and I need some advice. Don't fret, this isn't a life or death situation. Nothing will get harmed, maimed or mutilated as a result of your advice; except for peoples sanity, but sanity is not necessarily a quantifiable thing. Thankfully, if it was, I am not sure I would be able to type due to the straight-jacket I would have been placed in.
So I am looking for an opinion; a direction. I am looking for advice on what this blog should/could be about.
After about 27 or so months of minimalist running and about 20 or so months of inane ramblings about -well not much really- I am wondering if I should start to include reviews of the minimal shoes that I have tried. This is a dilemma for me because this was never what the blog was to be about and I am still not sure it's what I want it to be about.
The thing is, there are a million reviewers out there on the interwebiverse and a good chunk of them review minimal shoes. There are also a proportion of that "minimal shoe review brigade" that actually review the shoes really well - they are the ones I look to when I want to see what a shoe will be like. If you want to know who they are, look at my sidebar. So I have never felt the need to put in my two-cents worth, because they would say it so much better than I would. There is an overload of information out there and I don't necessarily want to add to that. I like just "Keeping It Simple (and yes I am Stupid sometimes)".
That doesn't mean I don't give my opinion if I am directly asked. I will tell you what I do and don't like about a shoe -in fact about anything at all really- so that's not necessarily it. I just don't want to volunteer the information out of the blue, straight into your inbox without any warning.
Living in Canada I also have a limited selection of minimal shoes I can just go out and buy, (and yes until about 2 weeks ago I have brought or won every shoe I currently have in my possession. Invisible Shoes and Merrell have sent me shoes to check out). I hate ordering over the internet, because I have funky feet and I hate the hassle of trying to figure out what size I am. Heaven forbid if I get it wrong and I have to send them back and order new ones. Especially in Canada, the mail delivery from the USA is shocking. We are talking about a 2-3 week delivery of the Luna Sandals I won from a blog-contest and they were only travelling about 140 miles. Can you imagine that timeframe x2 or x3 for a pair of shoes ordered over the internet? Forget it. Oh and as an additional note CANADAPOST SUCKS!
So I own a few pairs of minimal running shoes, (more than DH would really like) and they have been confined to the Five Fingers, Merrell and New Balance varieties. I have recently been running/walking in Huaraches - which I love BTW. It's enough that I know what I do AND don't like in a shoe. In fact I have even gone so far and made my own minimal shoes. They are also still to date my favourite shoe. In fact they are the only pair of shoes I have reviewed and that was as a (comical) guest post on BRU.
I am now getting to the point where my minimal shoe collection is growing and the field on what I do and don't like is getting more refined. So, readers.. yes, you… the ones sat with an open web-browser window and probably a cup of coffee (or tea, I am a tea person myself), I need your input?
If I posted my thoughts on what I like/don't like in a shoe would you be interested, or would I just be adding to the information overload? Would it be a beneficial service to the female minimalist runners out there? (Sorry Fella's my feet are SO small that there is NO way I will be able to review the men's shoes - not unless little fairies came in and magicked them into a tiny size). Would the reviews from a "short-arsed", "pixie-footed", "buggered toed", "run's like a duck on land" minimalist runner be of any use to you? Now that I have refined the criteria I am guessing not :)
Let me know, your input could be saving the interwebiverse from additional stress and trauma.