Please help me choose some barefoot running shoes!
Hey there. Last running season I ran in the Saucony Kinvara 2's and absolutely loved the light sensation and suffered no injuries. Now I would like to go for an even more barefoot approach, perhaps with a 0mm toe-heel drop. I've been lookig at all of the shoes out there and I'm pretty overwhelmed. I'd rather not wear the Virbram Five-Fingers and would prefer a more "normal" looking shoe such as the VIVO barefoot shoes.
I'm 15 years old, 5'10, 135lb and run 20 miles a week. Does anyone have any tips or favourite shoes which they would recommend? Thanks
I've got some Vivo trail shoes, and while I've only tried them out a couple of times, I thought they were pretty good - planning to start transitioning after my half marathon this weekend.
I also have some Vibrams for road, but I'm considering getting some Vivo road shoes as I really liked the fit of the Breatho Trails.
I use the Merrell ones and think they are really good. would like to try the Vibrams but cannot get a good fit! The merrells have a good roomy toe box and wash well too.
Vivo's are good but the Evo's I had started cut (not blister) my toes when I upped the miles. In my opinon the material on around the toe box is not soft enough. There newer range (Neo) seems better.
Just got a pair of Inov-8 Bare X Light 150's but not used them yet. I use the Baregrip 200's off road and love them and have done a couple of off road marathons and a 40 mile ultra in them, so hoping the Bare X Lights work out similar.
I had prob's with my heel tendon with the Vivo Evo II shoes but the Neos were mostly fine (would be better if in half sizes for me). I didn't get on with the Merrell Trail Glove mainly as they have a toe spring, perhaps that's just me.
Those are written up in "Running Desperado" (Kindle book)
I also tried some "Invisible Shoes", jury still out on those.
If you're anywhere near Newcastle, Start Fitness have a decent range to try out.
I had the Inov8 155's recommended, however I have not tried them myself. Still using the Puma H lite
Thanks for the feedback. I'm currently considering the New Balance Minimus Road Shoe MR00 with a 0mm differential. Is the jump from a 4mm differential to a 0mm differential a big one and should I perhaps spend another year with a shoe like the Kinvara 3? I have been running with the Kinvara 2s solidly for 8 months or so and have had no problems.
Another vote for the VivoBarefoot Neo shoes here. I wear these for most of my runs now, up to marathon distance - and intending to wear them for a 30-mile race in a fortnight. I have the normal version and the trail ones with the 4 mm lugs, which are great on all surfaces (grass, mud, chalk, sand packed trail etc.) except they don't protect on very rocky surfaces. If you have a narrower foot, you may prefer a different shoe.
TRY THEM ON before buying.
I have to say that now I've been barefoot/minimalist running for two and a half years I now need a wider toebox. The more you do it the more your feet spread out which is why having a shoe with a wide toebox is such an important issue for barefoot and minimalist runners.
The kigo drive is a really great option as an enclosed shoe as it does have a wide toebox but it has a brilliant elasticated lacing system which means that you can pull them tighter if your feet are on the narrowre side. Or you could try something like a huarache (like in born to run) Barefoot Ted's Luna sandals or Xero shoes (wear with toe sox in cold weather) or even go for something like sockwa.
If you loved running in the kinvaras and suffered no issues, then why try and change things?
Removing 4mm of eva foam won't make you quicker.
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