Don’t you love my new superherione shooz??? Ha. I posted this pic to Facebook asking for some good jogging juju. I had been having some issues with left hip pain and right new “pain”…. more like discomfort. A homeopathic(s) was recommended to me as well as trying out barefoot running. I had to chuckle at that suggestion, not because I was not all for it. I’d prefer to be barefoot year round if I ever possibly could…. living in Chicago. But rather, my chuckle was over my running route(s). I travel various different directions when I run, but I tell ya, not a single one of them would allow for me to go barefoot and still be walking afterwards. I have five kiddos that count on a great deal of me throughout the day…. sore, torn up feet was not something I was able to even attempt to jeopardize. Another friend suggested Newtons to me. She said that she had purchased them and her hubby Vibrams, and each of them stayed with their choices and love running in them still to this day (few years later). I did a ton of YouTube research and did notice considerably that when I tried very hard to land better on the balls of my feet rather than heels, my pain started to fade and I was doing tons better. I anticipated I would end up purchasing both Vibrams and Newton, however….. Newton seems like the better first step. It would be easier for my feet/body to adapt to, and they were more affordable online. I read dozens and dozens of reviews before ordering so I felt pretty confident ordering. Well…. at least I thought I had. First pair that showed were too small. I was so excited and super bummed all in 5 seconds of opening the box. But fortunately, easy return and they shipped another pair immediately with the return, so I was ready to go this fine morning I posted this pic. I have to say….. I fell in love almost immediately. The friend that suggested them to me hinted that I might feel a wee bit of adjustment in my body from my first few runs. I posted the pic on FB as a joke/plea for some jogging juju so that I might return in one piece that day (and the few to follow). A friend of my wrote back saying they were “superherione shooz”….. man did that I love that remark! I feel like a superherione every time I don my new shooz and run out the door. I have increased my distance an additional mile now running a good 4+miles a day, at least five to six times a week. These shoes have allowed me to land properly on my joints, and cruz in style. I don’t have any more hip or knee issues, and feel very confident in my stride. If anyone were contemplating going barefoot but were unsure if their terrain would not allow a safe way in doing so, I would also highly (*highly*) recommend Newton. It’s such a comfy shoe and great fit too! OH…. I almost forgot my most important sizing recommendations!!! I have kinda wide feet. Well, a high arch which I feel in turn provides a wide pad. At any rate, even thought I measure 10 inches, I needed to go up at least a half size in shoes…. *PLUS*…. I ordered men’s shoes. I know that men’s tend to run wider and so I sized my foot in that direction, picked out the nicest shoe I liked, and viola! I have the dream running shoes. They are a super great fit and I have no irritations in the feet or joints. (I have even been complimented on my awesome shoes during a run!) A great “next step” on the way to barefoot running in my humble opinion!