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What minimalist shoes are best for hot weather?

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Created November 18, 2011 at 1:48 AM

Summer's coming here in Australia. I wear my VFF Sprints everywhere, but sometimes the concrete underneath my feet can feel really hot. Not scorchingly hot, but enough to be uncomfortable.

What shoes provide maximum insulation against heat while maintaining the benefits of barefoot gait, balance etc.?

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on May 30, 2012
at 07:04 PM

i've got a closet full of minimalist shoes and so far, after 3+ years of minimalist running, huaraches are the best overall. luna makes a darn fine product with a lot of choices for various conditions.

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on January 13, 2012
at 06:46 AM

Curious as well, 'cause while my VFFs may be comfortable, they don't breath, the bottom of my feet are slick with sweat. On hot days, it's flip-flops for me.

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on November 18, 2011
at 03:22 AM

I don't recall what I followed but this guy is pretty successful in the industry. http://www.invisibleshoe.com/how-to-make-huaraches/ he also has a youtube channel. where I differ from him is in the strap. I used 3/8" leather. I also tie mine using the slip-on style.

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on November 18, 2011
at 03:09 AM

It was 37 degrees here today Travis :)

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on November 18, 2011
at 02:48 AM

Got a link with instructions?

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on November 18, 2011
at 02:45 AM

I usually run on gentler surfaces like gravel, which are more tolerable. But I walk a lot too, and that tends to be on the concrete/asphalt footpath.

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on November 18, 2011
at 02:14 AM

No insulation but good and breathable: http://unshoesminimalfootwear.com/

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on November 18, 2011
at 01:48 AM

Curse you and your hemisphere!

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on February 28, 2012
at 11:23 PM

Check out Luna sandal company. http://lunasandals.com/

I don't own a pair yet, but I plan to get some this summer. It looks like there are a lot of combinations for sole thickness if you need more insulation from the ground. They seem like they are still refining the shoes based on how many new versions have come out in the last year, so they are probably open to customization based on your needs.

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on May 30, 2012
at 07:04 PM

i've got a closet full of minimalist shoes and so far, after 3+ years of minimalist running, huaraches are the best overall. luna makes a darn fine product with a lot of choices for various conditions.

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on January 13, 2012
at 05:38 AM

The Fivefingers tend to get hot for me when it involves anything but trail running. One shoe that I've used on the roads that tended to stay cool was the New Balance Minimus. I believe what might have kept my feet cooler in these was wearing a good pair of moisture wicking running socks with them. What worked for me: Fivefingers trail running, New balance minimus (Trail version) for road running.

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on November 18, 2011
at 02:43 AM

build your own huaraches and experiment with different sole materials. mine are a rubber sole bonded to a leather bed together about 5mm thick and I have no problems with hot concrete.

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on November 18, 2011
at 03:22 AM

I don't recall what I followed but this guy is pretty successful in the industry. http://www.invisibleshoe.com/how-to-make-huaraches/ he also has a youtube channel. where I differ from him is in the strap. I used 3/8" leather. I also tie mine using the slip-on style.

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on November 18, 2011
at 02:48 AM

Got a link with instructions?

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on February 28, 2012
at 09:47 PM

I <3 my Inov-8 195's and have three pairs. Thin sole, awesome ground feel, Insulation, and they are super light. Feels like I'm wearing socks.

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on February 28, 2012
at 09:29 PM

VFF makes other styles with thicker soles nowadays. Lot's of minimalist/barefoot type shoes have thicker soles. There are dozens of sites with great reviews (not to mention YouTube) of these shoes. birthdayshoes.com barefootrunning.com barefoot running university etc.

Brands include Merril, New Balance, Vivobarefoot / Terra Plana, the thinnest Nike Free's are kinda close, etc.

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on November 18, 2011
at 02:36 AM

Honestly....try to not run on concrete or asphalt. It's just not that great for the foot. When the roads get hot here I just run faster and less. Basically just do wind sprints....keeps the workout short and sweet and I don't burn my feet.

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on November 18, 2011
at 02:45 AM

I usually run on gentler surfaces like gravel, which are more tolerable. But I walk a lot too, and that tends to be on the concrete/asphalt footpath.

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on January 22, 2013
at 08:21 AM

Maybe you can have a try on these kind of shoes, comfortable shoes for hot weather. http://www.upere.com/upere-wedge-sneakers-c-1.html

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