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Best Fitness Footwear Other Than Vibrams

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 12, 2011 at 1:30 PM

I have a small foot, narrow heel and just need a minimalist shoe that is good for very long walks and some jump roping and maybe brief running -- mostly a lightweight flexible shoe. I loved the Brooks Defyance because it fit perfectly on my small feet and did not tip me over too much so I could still do some qigong moves etc without losing balance. They have discontinued this shoe and the new model sucks unless one is getting it just for running. I need almost flexibility and lightweight -- but not a lot of stability. I don't pronate so do not want stiff stability stuff in my shoes. Ideas paleowomen out there??? I would get 2 pairs of shoes but budget won't allow it.

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on September 13, 2011
at 03:24 AM

I was always lifting in barefeet or socks, Chucks/Sambas were utter fails for me, and ordered the Inov-8 and haven't shed them yet while in the box. Loves!

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on September 12, 2011
at 09:18 PM

merrill barefoots also have a vibrum sole

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on September 12, 2011
at 07:09 PM

Yes - I'd recommend the Vivo Barefoots as well.

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on September 12, 2011
at 06:54 PM

Just ordered mine!

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on September 12, 2011
at 06:20 PM

desert boots! i had those when i was a kid :)

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on September 12, 2011
at 05:11 PM

I checked out the Skeletoes at DSW, and they didn't seem all that flat. Sort of hanging onto the CW that the foot is "broken by design" and "needs support."

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on September 12, 2011
at 03:26 PM

This brand is great - my husband wears that model & I wear a walk/trail shoe but can't remember the model number. They are the most comfortable walking shoe I have ever owned.

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on September 12, 2011
at 02:35 PM

Another vote for pace glove. Light and comfortable.

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E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

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on September 12, 2011
at 02:02 PM

Try a pair of Chuck Taylor's (take out the removable insole) - just like the old Keds we used to live in as kids. Also, Nike has - or had - a similar women's shoe that might fit your narrow feet better.

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 12, 2011
at 01:34 PM

I wear the Inov-8 F-Lite 195 6oz of happiness. They do make specific running shoes, literally just came out with a new one about a month ago, that is getting great reviews. I do CrossFit in them so they multi-task quite easily from lifting to jump rope to running.

Love them to pieces!

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on September 12, 2011
at 03:26 PM

This brand is great - my husband wears that model & I wear a walk/trail shoe but can't remember the model number. They are the most comfortable walking shoe I have ever owned.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 13, 2011
at 03:24 AM

I was always lifting in barefeet or socks, Chucks/Sambas were utter fails for me, and ordered the Inov-8 and haven't shed them yet while in the box. Loves!

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on September 12, 2011
at 01:32 PM

For that kind of thing, I'd look into vivo barefoots or the merrill barefoot (they have one that's more of a mary jane or one that's more of a sneaker, but both are minimalist). I have the merrill barefoot pace glove and I like it a lot, but it's not quite as thin as the VFFs. I use it for running, though...

Ee7c5b7b9d4cd48d61dc259e6966a725

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on September 12, 2011
at 02:35 PM

Another vote for pace glove. Light and comfortable.

E7b56f00c834263c45904f928745f247

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on September 12, 2011
at 07:09 PM

Yes - I'd recommend the Vivo Barefoots as well.

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on September 12, 2011
at 05:11 PM

The new New Balance Minimus has a vibram sole, looks normal, priced standard, doesn't fall apart like some other barefoot shoes and is awesome. I think only the Trail has the vibram sole, by the way.

Men's New Balance Minimus Trail

584b19d2b6cebc7cdf070b5f8a5a7937

(369)

on September 12, 2011
at 06:54 PM

Just ordered mine!

5f60feb1ee050976f09f0282ead7ea3f

(110)

on September 12, 2011
at 09:18 PM

merrill barefoots also have a vibrum sole

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on September 12, 2011
at 05:03 PM

http://www.merrell.com/US/en/Barefoot

Most minimalist shoes have a wider toe box that feels room at first. This is there so your toes can splay properly. It takes time to get used to but it'll happen.

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on September 12, 2011
at 01:59 PM

I have the Merrill barefoot mary jane and like it lots. I also like Soft Star shoes. The Merrill's are/look more fitness oriented, but the Soft Stars are less constructed and are more minimalist.

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on September 12, 2011
at 05:34 PM

I use my Toms for everything. I wear them for work, CF...EVERYTHING. They're great, lightweight, flexible...the whole package :-)

http://www.toms.com/

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on September 12, 2011
at 06:20 PM

desert boots! i had those when i was a kid :)

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on September 12, 2011
at 04:45 PM

My wife has skeletoes (45.00) and loves them. If you have narrow feet, check out the New Balance minimus. They sent me a pair of trail shoes and a pair of training shoes to review... They are a little too narrow at the toes for my medium feet so I can't wear them... but they may be good for you.

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on September 12, 2011
at 05:11 PM

I checked out the Skeletoes at DSW, and they didn't seem all that flat. Sort of hanging onto the CW that the foot is "broken by design" and "needs support."

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on September 12, 2011
at 04:44 PM

I love my Puma Mostro ripstop. They are light as a feather, feel like a comfy sock, and the elastic they have instead of laces hug them to your foot like no other shoe. My husband wears inov8, and they don't wear well well in my opinion. They look/feel like a much cheaper shoe to me. He vas Vibrams too, but doesn't lift or crossfit in them much. Narrow feet are sometimes hard to make work with Vibrams I hear.

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on September 12, 2011
at 04:16 PM

I use a mix of actual barefootedness, inov8s, and the most minimal xc flats I can find. Also always make sure dress shoes are as flexible and low profile as possible.

For your specific situation I would recommend one of the narrower models of innov8s with the level of cushioning you feel is appropriate for the application.

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on September 12, 2011
at 03:46 PM

Try the Feiyue martial arts shoe. $15:

http://www.amazon.com/TMAS-Feiyue-Martial-Shoes-Black/dp/B000DLBMSK/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1315842296&sr=1-1

They ARE Chinese though, probably made by very undercompensated workers.

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on September 12, 2011
at 01:35 PM

I'm a fan of the Reebok Realflex shoes. They are really lightweight and you can fold them pretty much in half, so they aren't a stiff sneaker at all. I run, jump rope and lift in them.

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