For everyday walking and occasional running / mixed activities (frisbee, urban hills, etc)
1. Vivobarefoot Stealth or
2. Innov8 F-Lite 230 / BareFX 210 / BareFX 260 (are they wide enough)?
3. Merrell Men's Barefoot Trail Glove / Vapor Glove
4. New Balance Minimus Cross-Training.
I like my Vibrams for weightlifting (but not for running on asphalt and not for walking around because of looks and because they are not very nice on surfaces). For more formal occasions I have one pair of Vivo Barefoot. So, I want something ultracomfortable for everyday use and maybe a run.
I love how side VivoBarefoots are. I love how thin the sole on VFF is. But would prefer a little more soft cushioning around my heel (think classic sneakers, not Chuck Taylors).
Personally, I kind of gravitate towards BareFX 210 with main alternative being Vapor Glove (b/c of priorities and Amazon/Zappos ratings).
It would be really great to hear from someone who tried them all!
asked byJohn_11 (952)
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on June 07, 2014
at 12:28 PM
You might try some of the Vivobarefoot models as they fit a little differently. Some are much wider than others. Most come with an I sole that gas some cushioning. Merell makes good shoes but they are on the narrow end - comfy for some and not for others.
Inov8 and NB are not actually minimalist shoes as they have a heel rise but are a good in between shoe if what you are looking for us a heel rise.
on May 30, 2014
at 06:55 PM
I'm about to choose a better shoe nowadays also. I wish there was a barefoot emulating earting shoe but I guess there is not. I will also use one in very hot weather and I think my feet may be sweating a little more than average so I may also buy something between a sandal and a shoe.
I consider this model, if you have a suggestion, please go on and add it under this topic :
on May 29, 2014
at 11:43 AM
I'm not a runner, but I have a collapsed arch, and going barefoot helps by keeping my foot muscles activated. I tried Vibram Five Fingers, and they were horribly uncomfortable, a PITA to put on, and they stink to high heaven after only a few days of wearing them. I then tried on several types of minimalist footwear at the shoe store, and I found the Merrell Road Gloves to be, by FAR, the most comfortable.
on May 29, 2014
at 10:38 AM
I've never really caught on to barefoot shoes. I wear Multnomah deerskin gluv-mocs around the house but no way would these hold up to 10-15 miles outdoors every day. For the wet and cold days I wear Muck boots. Dry days, a large toebox steel shank boot or heavy shoe such as Wesco or Kulien.