Yes I been googling hardcore this one I promise, so many choices and the ones that keep coming up are the VFF shoes. Now personally I don't really like the aesthetics of the shoe, and my wallet doesn't like the price tag attached. So between me and my wallet it kind of gets dismissed. What shoe is inexpensive and has an ultra thin sole and is comfortable?
Basically I want to ease myself into being barefoot, which for some reason I can't stand being barefoot, I can't even walk barefoot outside, one tiny rock 1/10 of the size of a grain of sand feels like needles. I also have a high arch and sometimes it gets a little tender. I been reading and it seems that people with foot/posture problems were helped by going barefoot.
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Merrel Trail Glove. Still wearing them 16 months later. I don't run in them, but I can. They look good I think. Not dorky.
As for VFF, I personally like wearing socks and I don't want people stopping me to ask about my footwear.
The New Balance Minimus looks like a normal shoe, but it still has zero heel rise. I am a huge fan of the VFF's. A little anecdote, my wife said I would never catch her in a pair of those. She was also very anti-barefoot. Once she finally got a pair, a few things happened. One, her chronic hip pain went away. Two, she started to wear them EVERYWHERE. As to the aesthetics, they are a definite conversation starter. It's a great ice breaker for any social interaction and I have yet to get a negative comment on them! Don't be scared of the VFF's!
P.S. Check out the Bikilia model of the VFFs, I've had several pairs and it has been my favorite.
http://www.zappos.com/nike-zoom-streak-xc-3 these are minimalist shoes I use for distance running on both the trail and road. They are less than 5 ounces a pair. I swear by them and have two pairs in rotation and 1 new in the box as a fail safe. And they have great aesthetics if you have a love of neon and day glo tiger stripes... Everyone looks at these when I run.
I'd also say go barefoot around the house and backyard as much as possible and try doing a barefoot martial art like yoga or ju-jitsu. go to the beach and walk barefoot in the sand and just try to be on your naked feet whenever you can to toughen them up.
Not to hijack the whole thread, but I'd love to elaborate and get some questions answered about minimalist shoes too. . .
How long do these things last? I've been looking at getting some for a long time now to wear at work. They all are touted as running shoes. Well, I'm not running like 99% of the time. I'm a greenskeeper, and I'm on my feet A LOT. 40-60 hours a week 9+ months out of the year. On gravel, sand, pavement, a concrete shop floor, mowers and mostly grass. I literally wear through the bottom soles of a pair of Columbia or Merrell hiking boots now about every 6-8 months. And these are obviously a lot more sole than the minimalist shoes. Does anyone have experience with these in a work environment setting? They aren't cheap, and I can't afford to rock through them much faster than I already am.
Also - my feet get wet most mornings from the dew on the ground. I'm sure it doesn't help longevity, but again, any experiences with that I'd love to hear also. Any and all experiences would be awesome.