I picked up a new pair of running shoes this week. It’s been long overdue as the aqua shoes I had been running were well past they’re best – and they were never that good.They have a few plus points – they are cheap and the ground feel is very good but they also often caused blisters and were falling apart.
My old shoes
There are a ton of minimalist shoes on offer at the moment and after hours of research I eventually came back to a company I know well – Vivo Barefoot. I’ve got a few pairs of their casual shoes and am a big fan.
I ended up going for the Neo. I’d read very good things about this shoe and haven’t been disappointed.
They have all of the main features I expect from a minimalist shoe:
Enter the neo
- Thin, flexible sole
- Zero drop heel to toe
- Minimal cushioning
- No/minimal arch support
- Wide forefoot to allow toes to splay
- Comfortable to wear without socks
My new shoes
I’ve only been out for a couple of runs in them but they’ve performed very well so far. I like how fast the shoes feel, I find it very hard to run slowly in them.They are also nice and grippy, I took them on an easy trail after some rain and ran it hard with no slipping. I also managed my first kong vault in them, although that may not be soley down to the shoes….. All in all, if you are in the market for a minimalist running shoe then I recommend them highly. You can also fine some great deals on them on t’internet (thanks Barefoot Athlete!)