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.?
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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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.
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.
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.
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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