I did a post on a Minimalist Shoe Wardrobe, but I thought it’d be fun to do a round-up of all the Minimalist Shoes that are available out there.
Needless to say, these wouldn’t fly in colder temperatures, especially in winter.
Minimalist Shoe #1: Vibram Five-Fingers ($75)
I know people who swear by these ugly things. I’ve even considered getting a pair just to see how they feel, but I just haven’t gotten around to even trying them on.
I don’t actually enjoy wearing socks at all, so the idea of individual socks for each of my toes sounds good but would take some getting used to, I’m sure.
Minimalist Shoe #2: Foot Stickers (Concept)
It’s a concept developed by Frieke Severs.
The Footsticker is a flexible plastic membrane that sticks to your skin like a second skin. There are three designs, each conceived for a different activity. The cream-colored yoga skins, for example, offer high-grip protection for the heel, big-toe and the pad immediately behind the big toe. (Source)
Minimalist Shoe #3: Make your own Huaraches ($5 – $50)
Christopher McDougall’s book Born to Run talks about the Mexican Tarahumaras who run a lot with no modern day injuries from your average runner. They typically run barefoot or in huaraches, thin sandals often made from discarded tires.
Minimalist Shoe #4: Go barefoot but wear a string
If you don’t care about protection for your soles, go barefoot but wear a string so people don’t think twice.
When they take a look, they’ll realize something is wrong but just tying a string around your ankle and toe will deflect 99% of them from getting too curious.
Minimalist Shoe #5: TerraPlana Vivo Barefoot ($160)
The ladies Evo is designed to be the ultimate minimalist running shoe. The Evo is like running barefoot, but a little bit better.
- Collar/Panel & Lining: Eco Nylon Mesh & Microfiber
- Insoles: Poliyou – 100% Recycled Memory Foam
- Sole: Performance Sole – Latex rubber and TPU abrasion resistant sole.
- Sole Thickness: 4 mm
- Vegan: 100% Vegan
Minimalist Shoe #6: Feelmax Tieva (€39.90)
Minimalist Shoe #7: Sockwa Naked Dojo ($30)
An indoor shoe.
Ideal for Pilates, Yoga and Martial Arts.
A true indoor second skin.
A low-cut, breathable upper fuses with 0.5mm of silicone rubber printed on the bottom of a neoprene sole. The scoop-top design allows for increased flexibility.