I love my Luna Sandals but they do not seem to love me, though. Almost every time I run in them I get blisters, predominately, on my right foot, a couple of inches below the big toe, on the ball of my foot. The other blister which is about 3 inches long and approximately an half inch wide is toward the outside of the foot around the area where the straps meet the sole of the sandal. These are the two places that get hammered with blisters. The rest of the right foot is fine. The left foot is perfect.
Some fellow Luna sandal monkeys have suggested that perhaps my straps are not adjusted correctly or, that I’m favoring one side more than the other. It was suggested by Luna sandal veteran ultra runner, Caleb Wilson, that I should perhaps video tape my stride to see if I can learn something that might be causing this problem on the right foot more than the left. Next week I will do just that! I’ll set up my gopro on the front of the treadmill and video my running for about 10 minutes or so and then move the camera to the back of the treadmill and video that as well.
In the mean time, I’m alternating between my Lunas, VFF’s and NB Minimus but the blister problem is strictly with the Lunas.
My running log so far with the Luna sandals is:
- 04/25: 4.45 miles (road) – 1st run ever in Luna Sandals!
- 04/27: 15.55 miles (road)
- 04/29: 6.15 miles (road and gravelly alleyway)
- 05/04: 10 miles (rails to trails – pebbly, sandy terrain)
- 05/07: 5.34 miles (treadmill)
- 05/08: 6.09 miles (road)
- 05/09: 6.54 miles (road)
- 05/11: 3.58 miles (road)
- 05/13: 7.07 miles (road)
- 05/14: 8.08 miles (road and trail)
- 05/15: 6.24 miles (road and alley)
On two of my last 3 runs I’ve added moleskin to the hot spot on the ball of my foot and I’m happy to say that I’ve not developed any blisters there since doing so.
My last run (yesterday) was sans moleskin and I have a new blister. Oh well, I’ll keep working with the laces and straps and see if I can find a happy solution to this dilemma. Until then, I’ll keep alternating between running shoes (which I always intend to do) and when using the lunas, will apply moleskins to the hot spots.
In closing, I will say that the luna sandals are proving to be excellent running shoes for rocky trails and on the hot Georgia asphalt. Pebbles do slip into the sandals occasionally but that’s the nature of running with sandals that I do not think I can overcome fully.
I’ll keep you posted on the sandals.