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Old 06-27-2011, 01:40 PM   #1
Ben Moskowitz
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Suggestions for Barefoot Shoes? (with stipulations)

Hi All,
I have been wearing some Jinga shoes (WFS) for the past year, but they have run out of traction completely. I am looking for some new barefoot shoes, but with a few personal preferences
  • No "toe shoes" (e.g. Vibram Five Fingers)
  • The cheaper the better
  • As minimal as possible (e.g. zero toe-to-heel drop, thin, flexible soles, etc.)
  • I don't like Chuck Taylors much

I am not looking to do much with these shoes, just walking around, mobility stuff, weight training that doesn't require my Oly shoes (e.g. deadlifts), and maybe the occasional running. Thus, I don't feel I need some elaborate, expensive trail running shoe. Ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 06-27-2011, 02:42 PM   #2
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Re: Suggestions for Barefoot Shoes? (with stipulations)

Any flat Pumas will work and are fairly cheap....Salohs, K-Streets, H-Streets, etc.

If you are willing to go up to around $90, I'd recommend the NB Minimus Trails. I think they're listed at $100 at most stores but with a RoadRunner Sports VIP membership you get 10% off.
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Old 06-27-2011, 02:54 PM   #3
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Re: Suggestions for Barefoot Shoes? (with stipulations)

Dude, just get the FiveFingers. They're legit and better than any other "barefoot" shoe out there.

I do pretty much everything in them except squat... I'll be getting Olympic shoes for those. But regardless, they're a good investment and I highly recommend you buy a pair and at least try them.
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:07 PM   #4
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Re: Suggestions for Barefoot Shoes? (with stipulations)

Is it a bad thing if Puma H-streets feel like they have too much heel?
I got some H-streets a while ago but lost one of the shoes while traveling, unfortunately. I just did a walk around the house with one Jinga and one H-street on and the Puma honestly felt kinda squishy in comparison. I am forever corrupted!

The problem with Five Fingers is I just think they are unbearably ugly and draw too much attention. I would rather not have a conversation about my shoes with every person I meet. I would like to find a shoe that looks like a shoe if possible.

Does anyone have any experience with shoes/moccasins from Soft Star? wfs

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Old 06-27-2011, 03:21 PM   #5
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Is it a bad thing if Puma H-streets feel like they have too much heel?
I got some H-streets a while ago but lost one of the shoes while traveling, unfortunately. I just did a walk around the house with one Jinga and one H-street on and the Puma honestly felt kinda squishy in comparison. I am forever corrupted!

The problem with Five Fingers is I just think they are unbearably ugly and draw too much attention. I would rather not have a conversation about my shoes with every person I meet. I would like to find a shoe that looks like a shoe if possible.

Does anyone have any experience with shoes/moccasins from Soft Star? wfs
Simple: don't have a conversation about them.

And performance > ugliness (although I'm really drooling at Reebok's Oly shoe).
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