Luna Sandals and the Beginner Program

Hello Everyone:

I haven't run for about two years, but when I was running, I ran no more than 3 times per week and no more than 3.5 miles at a time.  I want to get back into it and have recently ordered a pair of luna sandals in an attempt to implement a forefoot strike.  Do you think it is appropriate to use the Luna sandals in conjunction with the 6 week beginner program on the site?  If not, is there a shoe that anyone would recommend?  Thank you for the help.
- Chad

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Comment by Don Moore on May 5, 2012 at 12:12pm

I have two pairs of Lunas and have faced a learning curve when utilizing them for training. I transitioned to a forefoot strike using Saucony Kinvaras and vibram five fingers. I am sure that if you have chosen the correct Lunas, you can use them in a similar way. What I didn't know when I got my first pair of Lunas was that each style is geared toward a different kind of running. My first pair were Equus and turned out to be too thin (3mm) for any of the uses I had for them. I also struggled to get the lacing system to be comfortable and tried three different options. Finally, since I wanted to run on trails, I got a pair of Leadvilles with ATS lacing. These have worked well for me and I currently wear them on the trails on my barefoot days. 

I have used Eric's drills and info from the Natural Running Center to make the running transition. I have also tried approx. 10 pairs of shoes ranging from Inov-8, five fingers, New Balance minimus, to Merrill. Looking forward most to Eric's new shoes (b2r) and have enjoyed my Inov-8 and Leadvilles the most.

Good luck with the transition. It is well worth it.

Don Moore

Comment by Tyler Sak on May 5, 2012 at 6:42am

I have heard a little about Luna Sandals and I've heard they are a very good.  They are light and the sole is flexible and thin for maximum ground feel and protection. I purchased VivoBarefoot Evo II which I love. I spent an extremely long time researching shoes, and advise you do the same. Some are better trail shoes, others better road shoes. Whatever you do, hope you enjoy them!

Comment by Leah Monnette on May 4, 2012 at 6:20pm

I don't know much about Luna Sandals so I can't write about them.  I just did a google search and they look very interesting. 

That being said, I also want to try the 6 week training program so I recently purchased Vivobare Ultra shoes from amazon.  I've been walking in them for about 2 weeks now just to see how I like them.  You can still feel the ground beneath you and they are very comfortable.  They have a "built-in" removable sock that can be worn with or without the shoe.  And you can wear the shoe without the sock.  The sock and the shoe have a "mesh-like" design so you're feet breath, which is nice.  The only down-side is that they seem to run a bit small so I should have ordered one size larger than my actual shoe size.  All in all, they are good shoes and they are helping to not heel strike because I can feel it when I do. 

Good luck in your training.

Leah M.

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