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ZEMgear Ninja Split Toe Low Footwear


Price: $39.99 - $54.95
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  • Split toe pattern for ultimate "grip-ability" and true barefoot feel
  • Form fitting 4-way stretch upper accommodates multiple widths and foot shapes
  • Breathable & drainable upper fabric protects from elements
  • Patented high-frequency tech bands grant lateral stability
  • Traction lug outsole protects while enhancing your barefoot sensation

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Product Description

Looking for ultimate foot agility and lateral balance? Want to be as close to barefoot as possible with the protection you deserve? The Ninja Low with its split toe feature delivers complete flexibility and grip-ability for your foot by separating the big toe from the balancing 4 digits. The big toe provides the push-off drive and power while the remaining toes grant effective landing stability and balance. A great choice for true barefoot enthusiasts, runners or sand & water sport athletes it is preferred for activities focused on true barefoot sensory feedback in combination with lateral movements, forward propulsion and traction.

ACTIVITIES (enter the Zone of Endless Motion)
Balance Training - Yoga - Beach Sports - Water Sports - Power Plate - Travel - Tia-Chi

SURFACES
Sand & Beaches
Grass
Carpet
Wood flooring
Work-out Mats
Treadmills & Gym flooring
Hotels & Spas
Cruise Ships
Car, Airport, Planes & Mass Transit

BENEFITS
Maximal foot agility creates uncompromised barefoot experience
Strengthens the natural arch and re-conditions feet
Proprioception allows data to travel faster from feet to brain
Improves balance, helps manage vertigo and prevent fall injuries
Barefoot activities and exercise can help manage and mitigate stress and body fatigue

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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,511 in Shoes (See Top 100 in Shoes)
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    Customer Reviews

    This shoe feels good and is very low profile, but it seems like it will slip off.
    S. Greene
    It didn't hurt because it's just stretchy fabric but it felt like they weren't on properly and were just flopping around.
    Sara Stancato
    I ordered the size that supposedly works for me, and they were still quite small.
    Raven A. Wind

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By neveraging on November 10, 2010
    Color Name: Black BlackSize Name: XS (M 6-7/W 7-8) Verified Purchase
    OK, I've bought into this barefoot idea, but I didn't want to pay $90+ for the 5-finger Vibrams. I'd figure they out really retail for $45+. So I was lured to these ZEMs at $25+5 shipping.
    Don't be fooled. These are beach shoes, and in no way engineered to the quality or the comfort of the Vibrams.
    SIZE + SHAPE + CONSTRUCTION
    * I wear Men's 11s, ordered the large advertised to fit 10-11s, and the ZEMs are a bit big.
    * I have a foot where the big toe is the BIG toe, if your second and third toes are longer than your big toe, this might fit better, but for me, the whole top part for my outer feet is all floppy because my toes do not reach into the compartment, and since everything is so flimsy, things get floppy
    * BIGGEST PROBLEM: The neoprene footcover is stitched onto the sole such that it folds over it i.e. laid flat the neoprene touches the ground before the sole. it should not touch at all. I've only had these a week, but I see road abrasion tearing holes in short order. So if you are considering getting these things, only expect to run around in sand OR on a treadmill if you want them to last at all. But the way my foot swims around in them already based on their silly sizing, I don't think they'd be wise for anything that would involve lateral motion.

    All things being said, they are crap for what I'm looking for, but I'll give them a second star for those people who's toes are shaped differently and only want a treadmill shoe.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SkrubZero on February 19, 2013
    I've seen a couple of comments that complain that these shoes wear out fast during normal street running, but that is NOT what these shoes are designed for; ZEMgear has other shoes for that. If worn on the surfaces that are recommended in the description, these shoes should have a long life.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alvin O. on June 20, 2012
    Color Name: Black / Blue MetallicSize Name: Small Verified Purchase
    Week One:
    My feet felt a bit awkward. It is recommend to walk around a bit to create a mold in the sole. At first the sole was really stiff. I was saddened to read this version was not meant for running.

    Month Three:
    I do not remember when the sole molded to my foot. I tend to use the shoes for lazy days when I do not want to wear socks. A lot of people tend to think I am wearing socks though. I do not recommend it for biking as bike pedals would slowly tear the sole. If you walk with your heels I do not recommend this to you. It is more of a forefoot walking shoe.

    Pros:
    * The top fabric of the shoe feels soft.
    * Extremely portable!
    * Able to be Machine Washed.
    * Decent Price

    Cons:
    * The heel stitching is impractical. It will eventually create a hole.
    * [Personally] I would prefer it to be logo-less on the outside fabric.
    * While on a slope gravity will try to separate you from the sole.
    * YOU CANNOT SNEAK ON PEOPLE ON HARD SURFACES! The ninjas have a click clack sound.

    Neutral:
    * I tend to feel the texture of the floor. (Carpet patterns, rocks, etc)
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    6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By EC on March 18, 2011
    Color Name: Black/SilverSize Name: LG (M 10.5-11.5/W 11.5-12.5) Verified Purchase
    Good basic runner for the price... Sowing on the side and rubbing of neoprene on the ground. Size not easy to figure but once done it gives you a good barefoot runner slip on... Also bought the hi-bootie version much better and stays on better... good cannot wait for the new 360 generation look on their website it will be a five-toe killer..... coming in the summer 2011
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    6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sunnydtour on February 4, 2011
    Color Name: Black / PinkSize Name: Medium Verified Purchase
    camel toe house shoes..they are light weight and just ok to wear..they pull away from my toes, so I constantly feel like I have to adjust them.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TomTX on June 24, 2012
    Color Name: BLACK/LIME METALLICSize Name: Medium Verified Purchase
    Good starter split-toe "barefoot style" or minimalist shoe. Be sure to use the sizing guide, and don't let your printer rescale! It will take TWO pages, which you tape together. Unfortunately, I'm RIGHT at the edge between two sizes. I chose the smaller size - while the shoes fit, they are definitely snug! I use these as a martial-arts shoe for when I'm outside. No problems yet - definitely different than the common thick-sole shoe, making it a lot easier to practice those kicks. I definitely like having the split toe, as it does a good job of keeping the shoe in place instead of sliding from side to side. Grippiness is just right on grass for those pivots. On concrete, they are grippier than I want for pivoting. I was able to pick up some (returned) Vibrams cheap shortly after purchasing the Zemgears, so you get a comparison: Ease of use definitely goes to the Zemgear. I find it time-consuming to get all my toes lined up correctly in the Vibrams, and they are slower to take off than the Zems. The Zemgear are a thinner, more "barefoot" sole. The Vibrams are more heavy-duty, and seem more durable (I would hope so, as they cost 3x as much new!) The Vibram soles do a better job of "cupping" the feet, while the Zemgear have a basically flat, featureless sole which relies on the upper material to keep your foot in place. Final note: I'm not going to do any "true barefoot" without Zems or the Vibrams around here - fireants, thorns and 160 degree blacktop are more than I want to deal with barefoot!
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    Color Name: Black BlackSize Name: SM (M 7.5-8.5/W 8.5-9.5) Verified Purchase
    These are definitely my son's favorite shoes. He's 12 and apparently a ninja, because when he puts these on, he disappears.
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    By BigCope on February 19, 2014
    Color Name: Black / GoldSize Name: X-Large Verified Purchase
    I used these for my martial arts training. They fit very nice and are comfortable. However, after a few months of use 2-3 times per week, holes will begin to form on the soles of these shoes. So you'll end up buying another pair in 6 months.

    I would not recommend these to anyone due to the quality.
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