William Sichel, our Ambassador, has just completed the North Coast 500 mile run, in under 9 days, wearing Freet Responds the whole way. He runs for CLAN Cancer Support and has raised over £17,000 so far – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/william-sichel
Belinda trialled a pair of Mudees and sent us this report:
‘Would I be disappointed? – after all, this is THE product I’d been waiting to be released.
As a reasonably recent convertee to the barefoot way of life I had been loathed to give up my sturdy, supportive,weatherproof walking boots- they are after all what most people rely on for longer walks.
Test week 1 – South West Coast Path in balmy sunshine.
Verdict. The barefoot experience I was used to but from a fantastic looking brown boot- even with shorts! Superbly comfortable, ‘snuggling’ to the ankle, giving support and holding the foot back on those downhills yet still allowing the freedom of movement. Incredibly grippy on all those hills, even the loose gravely surfaces. 7 days walking- 15 ish miles per day, no wearing in and my mudees were the most comfortable boot I’ve ever had.
Test week 2 – Rain, rain, rain ‘Up North’.
Verdict. Grip brilliant- I just love the way your feet relax and mould to the terrain giving you confidence and surefootedness ( is that even a word ?) like no other. BUT.. will they be weatherproof? I hadn’t cleaned or treated them in any way since taking them out of the box. Despite paddling through various streams, wet grass and muddy puddles my feet were always dry at the end of the day- pretty good for a boot that is described as ‘weatherproof’. Hubby was wearing boots from another ( more expensive) company and sadly had wet feet.
All in all a fairly perfect barefoot boot, and good looking enough to wear around town too- well worth waiting for. Just about to order two pairs in black – one for me and one to keep hubby’s feet dry.’
Our Ambassador, William Sichel, competed in this unique New York race earlier this summer completing 2904 miles in his Freet Connects, in the 52 days allowed and set multiple records at World, British and Scottish level and at a variety of distances, in what he has described as the most demanding event he has ever competed in. William commented:
“The combination of multiple days where the temperature passed 35 deg C, high humidity and prolonged torrential downpours, they were the most testing conditions I have ever been challenged with.”
William averaged 55.8 miles a day for the 52 days and finished as 5th man and 7th place overall.
From all of us at Freet, many congratulations William, and enjoy the recovery period!
‘I can’t express how much wearing freets has changed my time outdoors and also my awareness of my surroundings. After wearing the average shoe for 14 or 15 years of my life, my foot had slowly changed to render useless when barefoot. Jumping off even small heights created excruciating pain. My balance slowly deteriorated due to my toes being pushed together. Now, after almost 2 years after wearing freet shoes my feet are back up and running like a freshly serviced machine. They are the piece of engineering that they were supposed to be. Shock absorbing. Wide toe spread. And sensitive to the change in ground. Of course barefoot would be the ideal – but one must wear shoes when required – and freets are the best choice in my opinion!’
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William Sichel, Freet Ambassador, runs 305.5km in 48hrs in his Freet Connect shoes in the Hungarian 48hr race setting new records. Orkney-based ultra marathon runner, William (64), celebrated his return to competitive ultra running, after a 6 month bereavement break.
William quotes Ryan Holiday: “Ego is the Enemy – the Obstacle is the Way”