There are two basic oxford models of the Minimalist Huron...the first made from tan Laramie Roughout Suede, (also available in rust), and a second made from German Elk leather (shown in black below), in black, chocolate brown, reddish brown or dirty white. Extremely light weight...an average pair weighs only 2.25 lbs. Both are equipped with a flat Vibram Newporter sole with no heel lift.

Minimalist Huron, Black German Elk

The Minimalist Thula Thula is available in two configurations...in the short 4" version, (right), or the taller 7" version on the left. Both are made from soft and supple Ski Grain leather with a tough 10 oz. bullhide molded wrap around outer sole. An average pair weighs barely 3 lbs. when fitted with the Newporter sole. For additional waterproofness, both can be made in an all leather version made from waterproof WeatherTuff leather. Standard uppers are tough breathable cotton duck material.

The Russell Minimalist 3-Eyelet Calfskin Dress Oxford is as its name implies...a dressy minimalist oxford that will be at home in any business environment. Our Dress oxford allows you to continue wearing minimalist footwear throughout the day. Available in smooth black, brown, chocolate brown or a rich burgundy. Completely lined in soft glove leather, built on a Munson Army Last for ample toe room and freedom of movement.

Why wear minimalist footwear only during the time you're running? Select a Russell minimalist style that fits your personal style and business environment and wear minimalist shoes ALL DAY! It just makes sense to carry your conversion to minimalist footwear forth into your daily and business life.

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Minimalist Footwear From Russell For Natural
Barefoot-Type Running And Walking

In the fall of 2009 a fellow by the name of Tucker Goodrich called us with an unusual request. Tucker was not a Russell customer at the time nor was he an outdoorsman in the sense of being a hunter or fisherman. He is however, a dedicated runner. He asked if we had ever heard of the barefoot running craze? No. Did we make a minimalist shoe suitable for running? No.

That was then. Now...with Tucker's guidance and considerable input, Russell Moccasin offers three minimalist footwear models that have passed Tucker's rigorous standards for minimalist footwear for running.

The key design feature Tucker requested, was that the shoe be built on the old Munson Army Last. Russell reintroduced the Munson Army Last about a year ago in a quiet stalking boot, called the Thula Thula, for the hunting industry. The virtues of this old last design are many. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

Tucker explained the theory of barefoot running. Barefoot running is widely believed to improve foot strength and potentially avoid many common running injuries. But not all people are hardy enough to handle the ever present sticks and stones encountered while running...so the the next best thing is running in minimalist footwear. Minimalist footwear also allows year-round runners, specially those who live in cold climates, to run comfortably all year.

Tucker's design wish list included, 1) a shoe based on the Munson Army Last so toes and bones in the foot can move freely, similar to barefoot running, 2) a super thin yet grippy sole for maximum ground feel, 3) a flat sole with no heel lift, 4) minimal support and no cushioning overall, including the arch area.

Russell initially built Tucker a pair of Minimalist Huron oxford's based on one of our popular hunting shoe models, made in tan Laramie Roughout Suede and equipped with a special slip resistant Vibram Newporter sole and a super thin 4 iron, (about 1/16" thick), midsole. Next we made Tucker an all leather model of the Minimalist Thula Thula, equipped with the same thin Vibram Newporter sole and thin midsole. Tucker, who lives in the Northeast and runs most every day, must deal with rain and snow during his winter runs so we made his boots out of waterproof WeatherTuff leather. CLICK HERE to read Tucker's report on the shoes he helped Russell design.

Diana Rupp, Editor In Chief, Sports Afield magazine, who is not only a hunter but an enthusiastic runner who runs on city streets, in the hills of California and on the beaches, reports: CLICK HERE TO READ DIANA'S COMMENTS.

Mike Rogers, Host and Field Producer of Safari Club International's Expedition Safari TV show recently wore his Thula Thula's on a dangerous game hunt in Africa. CLICK HERE TO READ MIKE'S REPORT.

Russell also offers stylish minimalist 3-Eyelet Calfskin Dress Oxfords in black, burgundy, brown and chocolate brown for business wear...allowing you to continue wearing minimalist footwear throughout the day, not just while running. Dressy, yet minimalist.

All Russell boots and shoes are made in the true moccasin style. Natural, breathable leather wraps completely around the foot. There is no artificial filler under the foot. Add to that...handmade quality and your shoes being built on the venerable Munson Army Last with plenty of room for your toes to move...AND...being made to measure from tracings and measurements of your own feet...and the comfort level soars.

Just because you are a runner who has taken up minimalist footwear use while running, doesn't mean that you have to compromise initial fit and comfort...nor do you have to wear running shoes to work. Russell makes its boots and shoes, one pair at a time, to the customer's specifications and guarantees a perfect fit.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE SOLDIER'S FOOT AND THE MILITARY SHOE, THE STORY OF THE MUNSON ARMY LAST ONLINE (Note: when link comes up, click Read Online, far left side of page)
Custom Made
Minimalist Huron
M-HLS Tan or Rust Roughout Laramie Suede -
$313.00
Custom Made Men's & Women's


Standard Sole
Vibram Newporter/with 4-iron Midsole
Custom Made
Minimalist Huron
M-HRB Tan (Reddish Brown) German Elk -
$313.00
Custom Made Men's & Women's

M-HBL Black German Elk -
$326.00
Custom Made Men's & Women's

M-HDW Dirty White German Elk-
$326.00
Custom Made Men's & Women's

M-HCB Brown (Chocolate) German Elk-
$326.00
Custom Made Men's & Women's

Standard Sole
Vibram Newporter/with 4-iron Midsole
Custom Made
Minimalist 3-Eyelet Calfskin Dress Oxford
M-38SV Smooth Black Calfskin -
$323.00
Custom Made Men's & Women's

M-33SV Smooth Brown Calfskin-
$323.00
Custom Made Men's & Women's

M-34SV Smooth Chocolate Brown Calfskin-
$323.00
Custom Made Men's & Women's

M-36SV Smooth Burgundy Calfskin-
$323.00
Custom Made Men's & Women's

Standard Sole
Vibram Newporter/with 4-iron Midsole
Custom Made
Minimalist Short Thula Thula 4-Inch
M-STT 4" Reddish Brown Ski Grain-
$366.00
Custom Made Men's & Women's

Standard Sole
Vibram Newporter/with 4-iron Midsole
Custom Made
Minimalist Thula Thula 7-Inch
M-TT 7" Reddish Brown Ski Grain-
$379.00
Custom Made Men's & Women's

Standard Sole
Vibram Newporter/with 4-iron Midsole

All Russell Minimalist shoes are equipped with a standard flat Vibram Newporter sole & 4 iron midsole with NO HEEL LIFT.
Options include:
1/4" heel lift, $11.00
Vibram Rock Grip Sole, lighter weight, smooth bottom, (no tread), but "sticky" on rocks and asphalt, $11.00
Vibram Multipurpse Sole, lighter weight but not as grippy nor as long wearing as the Newporter, $11.00
All leather models of Thula Thula, for wet, snowy weather, made from waterproof WeatherTuff leather, $15.00

285 S. W. Franklin, PO Box 309, Berlin, WI 54923-0309 Phone: 920-361-2252
Email: russell@russellmoccasin.com