I'm pretty much ready to marry my Vibram FiveFingers. Yep. Don't believe me? Check out this post here and here. I wear these babies all around town. Even in this freakishly cold winter weather we've been having. Thank the running gods for Ininji socks! :)
And guess what? Apparently there's no stopping this minimalist shoes train any time soon! Spring and summer running weather is just months away, and there's already a barefoot buzz going on on the runnersworld.com forum and the running news websites. I'd like to share the shoes that seem 'I need to try these on' to me. :)
I'm a huge fan of Inov-8 trail running shoes. You can check my review on the Inov-8 Terroc 308 trail running shoe here.
This Spring the new Inov-8 Evoskin will be available for barefoot junkies all over the world.
Yep, they look like my beloved Vibram FiveFingers. However, they don't have the FiveFinger specific Vibram sole to protect your feet from rocks, glass, etcetera. The Evoskin seems more like something that covers your feet. Actually, it's just a layer of silicon that covers your feet and separates you from the ground. Interesting little shoe, that I would love to try out. Not necessarily to run in, but it might be an airy shoe for summer. I'm a bit worried about the 'sweat'-part, though. I wouldn't be surprised if my feet would sweat like nobody's business in these silicon honeys (okay, that sounds wrong on so many levels...).
Vivobarefoot (Terra Plana)
The Vivobarefoot Evo shoe isn't as 'new' as the Inov-8 Evoskin is, but it is new to me. Looking at it, 'lizard' is the first word that springs to mind. Don't know why... ;)
The Vivobarefoot Evo.
It kind of reminds me of the Nike Free 3.0. Kind of. According to their website, the Vivobarefoot has 'a super thin (4 mm) puncture resistant sole...'. The 'puncture resistant' part is something that could very well come in handy for a barefoot running shoe. Ha! Plus, the website states that the shoe 'let's your foot move like it's supposed to'. And the shoe looks comfy. I'm intrigued. Anyone tried this shoe? If so, please share!
Good old Merrell. Their hiking shoes are right up there on my 'all time favorites' list. And now they've come up with a barefoot running shoe. Me likey! :)
Like the Vivobarefoot Evo shoe, the Merrell barefoot shoes have been available for a while now.
The Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove
This shoe doesn't look 'weird-ish' like other barefoot running shoes do. It looks like a 'regular' trail running shoe. The shoes have a Vibram trail glove sole and a microfiber and mesh upper. And are super light weight (4.7 ozs per shoe). Plus, you can throw them in the washing machine! Love that. :) I would love to try these out!