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- Round toe pattern give wiggle room and foot freedom
- Secure hold with a soft & stretchy collar for individual fit
- 4-way stretch upper for multiple widths & foot shapes
- Patented high-frequency tech bands grant lateral stability during activities
- Protective barefoot outsole with traction lugs
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This style offers all around foot freedom in a round, 5 toe compartment. A stretchable and breathable upper material allows all toes to move and articulate without restraint. Ideal for barefoot activities at moderate levels where comfort, foot freedom and lateral stability is important. Enjoy the amazing feeling of total foot freedom and spread, flex and articulate all parts of your foot while getting the protection you deserve. ACTIVITIES (enter the Zone of Endless Motion) Beach Walking Travel Sand Sports Tai-Chi Physiotherapy - Leisure Backpacking Kayaking - Spa Visits Belly Dancing - Zumba SURFACES Sand & Beaches Grass Carpet Wood flooring Work-out Mats Treadmills & Gym flooring Hotels & Spas Cruise Ships Car, Airport, Planes & Mass Transit FEATURES Round toe pattern give wiggle room and foot freedom Secure hold with a soft & stretchy collar for individual fit 4-way stretch upper for multiple widths & foot shapes Patented high-frequency tech bands grant lateral stability during activities Protective barefoot outsole with traction lugs BENEFITS Ideal for leisure barefoot activities Avoids sanitary concerns Maximal toe freedom, ideal for wide feet or foot sensitivities Strengthens the natural arch and re-conditions feet Proprioception heightens sensory feedback and awareness Barefoot activities and exercise can help manage and mitigate stress and body fatigue
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 2 x 13 inches; 7.76 Ounces
- Item model number : 5000
- Department : Unisex-adult
- Date First Available : January 23, 2012
- ASIN : B006UXVGF4
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,367 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Upon opening the package I was surprised because the stitching and seamwork seem almost "cheap". The material, however, is durable, and the sole hasn't shown much wear since I have worn them in the yard and around the house. I would prefer to go barefoot so this is very near the same feeling. I don't think that these shoes would be viable options for running because the sole is extremely thin.
These shoes wash well but I use them more as a pair of slippers than a minimalistic athletic set of footwear. In the future I will probably pony up and spend the extra amount of money on another set of Vibrams.
I have been wearing them for about a month now nearly all day every day. They're so comfortable and so unobtrusive that I've crawled into bed a few times with them on and didn't even think about it! I haven't had any issues at all about walking on various terrains. They provide exactly as much protection as you need to not get hurt or be bothered by walking on acorns, rocks, or whatever without taking away the feeling of being practically barefoot. I give them 4 stars though because I'm disappointed that the lycra touches the ground on all sides and after the month of wearing them a little rip has formed in the toe. I have done my share of walking on sidewalks, indoors, outdoors, and everywhere in between, but I was definitely hoping they'd last a little longer. I sew, so I'll be reinforcing the toe myself, but it'd be nice if they were more durable.
I hear ZemGear is coming out with a running shoe in which the sole will come up and around so the lycra does NOT touch the ground. I'm definitely in line for those! I've read other reviews of people complaining about the seams being uncomfortable. When I first tried them on, the heel seem was much narrower than my heel (I have wide feet all around) and I was concerned I'd have a similar experience, but I found that the more I wore them the softer the seems got. They haven't bothered me since that first day. I even wore these to Warrior Dash through mud, water, sand, and crazy obstacles and they held up exceptionally well. The small rip in the toe turned into a slightly larger one, but no other wear and tear at all! Everyone else had to throw away their shoes after the race and I just through mine in the wash! I wasn't bogged down my lots of mud in my shoes either!
Overall, I recommend these shoes for anyone wanting to live a "barefoot" lifestyle. I think these are perfect for your every day use and the options of styles and colors allow you to match your wardrobe. I've only had a couple people in the last month comment on them, so I wouldn't worry about too many people asking if you're just wearing socks *lol*. I'd like to try the ninja toe shoes next...in aqua! Thanks ZemGear! (hurry up with the running shoe would ya?!)
I can't imagine doing anything rigorous (like running) in them. I think they would fall apart. The top is a stretchy lycra/spandex type material and the bottoms (soles) are a sheet of flexible plastic.
Although, around the house was my primary purpose for these, I hoped to be able to use them at the beach (as in "playa") as well. I haven't yet, but I think these would be fine beach shoes. Too tight for sand to get into, and mostly waterproof.
The problem lies with the top fabric folding underneath the shoe where they seamed it. That fabric doesn't have the same rubber coating as the bottom, it's more like a wet suit, and it very quickly starts to wear. I can't wear these to the office anymore as there are numerous toe holes. :(
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Great for use where the flimsy sole would be protected a bit, like on yoga mats or if you want snug slippers to use on carpet. Don't think they would be watertight or robust enough for outdoor use. For LIGHT wear I think they are fine and what I was expecting for the price.