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What's new in the barefoot shoe world?

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Man of Tanith, Feb 24, 2019.

  1. dwardo

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    I also read the same whilst researching them. I believe they were the tracker SG as opposed to the FG. Soft/Firm - Ground,
     
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    I have exclusively worn barefoot shoes for 4/5 years now, unfortunately options are still pretty limited brand wise.

    I used to live in vivobarefoot shoes and boots but they've become too pricey (even more so), they always have been really. I've had quite a few quality issues with some of their models. The longest lasting pair I had were the leather gobi boots.

    I made the switch to xero shoes a couple of years ago and haven't looked back although they do look a bit goofy. I am a big fan of the prio trainers and the daylite hiker boots. They have just released a new waterproof hiking boot that I haven't tried yet but look promising.
     
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    If you have some cash greenshoes in ashburton Devon mention barefoot soles. They are handmade to your foot pattern so pricey but they can be resoled or new uppers so you can keep them going for years. I had a pair for years and had them mended twice over a 8yr period. I can't afford them anymore sadly but if I had the money I'd be buying them like a shot! They were realy the most comfortable shoes I've ever had.
     
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    These look really interesting, certainly pricey but they have some great reviews online. I'm particularly impressed by some before and after pics of repairs of old beaten up boots that they've posted online, great from a sustainability viewpoint.

    I've requested some leather samples from them and may give their desert boots a go with a barefoot tyre tread!
     
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    Look on amazon and ebay, sometimes Vivobarefoots come up cheap there. I always check for sales, my last pair, Scott desert boots only cost me 55 quid in the end! Awesome boots, my fave out ot the 6 pairs of Vivos I have.
     
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    I have picked up a bunch of zero drop shoes over past years. Started out for hiking and trail trotting. But then started wearing them just around. Altras, Pearl Izumi Inov-8 that sort ... usually around half price on last year's patterns

    I am wondering if it is the lightness or zero-dropness of barefoot shoes that is the appealing part. I appreciate the mid foot support you get with zero drops.

    For barefoot equivalence I just wear old Converse :)
     
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    It's not just lightness or zero drop that appeals. Wide toe boxes that allow room for the toes to actually work is a major plus!
     
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    Yes, toe-room, that's what I like about the Altras .. the Pearl Izumi and Inov-8 ones are too tight.
     
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    Despite the funky look it gives them it really does make a difference. Especially on dodgy slippy ground.
     
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    Stew Bushcrafter through and through

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    The appeal is for your foot to work as it should, allowing natural strength rather than restricting them.
     

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