looking for a new pair of barefoot style trainers
Looking out for a new pair of minimal/barefoot type trainers, have a few months yet till my current pairs are dead but I like to know what I'm moving towards.
Have been wearing Nike Free TR+ and think they are great, however I'd like to try something even more barefoot and reduce that bit more. I've seen the Vibrams but I'm not there yet, so its between the Merrells and the Evos.
Has anyone tried both? Or even just one pair? How do they compare and are there any negatives to watch out for?
Thanks- I've been running in Nike Frees (TR+ which are much lighter and flexible then the normal Nike Free's) for nearly a year now and been OK. I had been wearing Asic Foundation 8 which are maximum support and I had a stress fracture which took a long time to go away- they went away when I took up the Nike Frees and looked seriously into the whole barefoot deal (shorter stride, lighter footing etc) I'd say for me the barefoot thing hasn't caused me stress fractures but the support running did, can see how it could easily be different for others if they didn't look at the technique differently and make changes.
Have seen the Merrells for £80+ but the Evos for closer to £50. I'm wondering how much better £30 is but know you can't put a price on your health (or lack of injuries!!)
ive not to much experience with the EVO's but I think they look horrible which turns me off them straight away, the Merrells are a cloth shoe as such they breathe really well.The other think I support Merrell for is that they are not blinded as much as other shoe companies regarding the virtues of minimalist shoes, the box contains warnings about changing to this type of shoe and although exceptionally flexible, the soles are slightly thicker than the competition which helps reduce impact and intrusion of stones, etc.I think they have produced a reasonable shoe of this type, its a reasonable minimalist product aimed at a more natural running experience. My experience of shoes such as Vibrams is that the soles are a little to thin as such when you step on a stone, it feels like its coming through your foot, you do not get this sensation with the Merrells. If your looking for a barefoort experience I would simply find somewhere to actually run barefoot, thats what I do.. if your looking for a minimalst shoe which is versitile and decent quality I think the Merrell is a pretty good product.Personally I think the Merrells are a far better product than VFF and vastly cheaper.
Hmmm, I can see I'm going to need to do some more research and go try them on! I know the Evos will let you test instore but it would be good to test them side by side. I've only ever seen the Merrells online and when I emailed them last year to see if it was possible to try them on I got an automated message telling me about all the stockests which listed everyone from Amazon through to Office and Sole Trader, many of which were the last sorts of stores to seel them! I'm hoping someone has them somewhere for me to test drive.
The experiences above though are really helpful- I need the soles to be flexible almost above all else. I like the way the Nike Frees will ben if I as much as flex my toes which coming from living in mortion/stability control for years is more then novel and a year on its not worn off yet! Thicker soles on the Merrells would worry me, though the Nikes are likely thicker they have so many grooves which allow the sole to flex. They are though still a bit to thick for me. I have heard stuff about certain styles of evo barefoot style shoes rubbing even through socks and this would also worry me so was looking for more good /bad experiences on that but as no ones mentioned it I'm going to assume there are none and its a Virbam only issue.
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