RUN Singapore readers who signed up for the exclusive Merrell Bare Access Flex workshop spent an informative morning with sports coach, Liew Wei Yong at Bukit Timah Hill on 9th September. Being the founder of the annual Runner’s Convention in Singapore and a well-known personality on the fitness circuit, Wei Yong highlighted the importance of running in a pair of minimalist shoes and how it differed from traditional running shoes.
Each participant was given a pair of Merrell Bare Access Flex trail running shoes and immediately had the chance to try them on. Uniquely for its 0mm drop footbed but still maintaining a cushioned midsole, the Bare Access Flex is a great multipurpose off-road running shoe to introduce to amateur barefoot runners.
Wei Yong shared her experience in ultra-distance trail racing, and how to acclimatise the body to different styles of running shoes. One of the points shared was that while in theory, the natural way for humans to run based on evolution is with level feet, modern humans have adapted to running with running shoes that feature a heel-to-toe drop height, which came into trend sometime in the 1970s.
After the opening session, the participants warmed-up and proceeded for a slow run from the base to the summit of Bukit Timah Hill along the main track in their new Merrell shoes.
The 1.5km route to the top is a straightforward though steep climb, giving runners ample chance to experience how the shoes feel on the feet. After a brief stop and photo opportunity at the summit, Wei Yong led the runners down through a variety of different terrains – steps and gravel paths, to demonstrate the versatility and grip of the Bare Access Flex.
Robert Lamirande, International Brand Director for Merrell, made a special personal appearance, having flown to Singapore for this event. As the Brand Director for the Asia Pacific region, he was the perfect person to answer questions about Merrell and the technologies of the shoes after the run.
His technical knowledge of footwear technology and construction technique was an eye-opener for all that were present, and he also invited everyone to share what they would like to see in future editions of Merrell’s shoes.
Robert further highlighted, “Barefoot style running works on different muscles to what running in other shoes will do. If you’re new to this form of running, it’s like training to run from the ground up all over again. This is the reason why we make and recommend the Merrell Bare Access Flex for trail runners who want to give the zero drop shoe a go. It’s one of the most forgiving designs available, making the transition more comfortable.”
The Merrell Bare Access Flex is the minimalist shoe that doesn’t look like one, and it’s also one of the most affordable pairs on the scene. Get yours now at Royal Sporting House stores in Singapore.
Check out the full photo gallery from the event on the RUN Singapore Facebook page.