ZEMgear O2 Oxygen Round Toe - All Sport Series (Men's 8 - Women's 9, Black - Blue Metallic)
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- Round-toe pattern for wiggle room in the toe area and natural barefoot feel
- Green Grip recycled rubber pods
- Non-marking, non-slip outsole with water-dispersion channels
- Form-fitting 4-way stretch upper for multiple widths & foot shapes
- Patented high-frequency Tech Bands create lateral stability
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The Oxygen 2 round toe pattern lets all toes feel free and flex as desired. The natural barefoot-feel of this pattern with a roomy toe box allows you to enjoy many activities around the water and nautical environments without restraints. Make the most of the durable and non-marking, Green-Grip recycled rubber outsole for energetic runs, along-the-shore & water-sports or gym work-outs. Water dispersion channels help with slip-resistance on marine surfaces or diverse wet environments. Our flexible, form-fitting 4-way stretch uppers hold multiple widths and foot shapes comfortably. ZEMs 6 unique heritage tech-bands deliver secure footing and lateral stability desired for active engagement in life and sports. KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT When stepping into the Oxygen 2 round toe, your toes will experience plenty of wiggle room in the roomy toe box. You will feel the tech bands creating a snug stability cradle to safe guard your lateral stability. Give materials time to warm up and mold to your individual foot shape. Our experience shows that your foot takes only a short transition time to embrace the new barefoot feeling to the fullest. ACTIVITIES enter the Zone of Endless Motion Paddle Boarding Sailing - Fun in the Sun Sports - Beach Walks & Runs Gym Work Outs Boating & Marine Activities Boot Camp Travel - Everyday Life SURFACES Beaches and Shores Sailboats and Powerboats Marine Environments Roads & Training Environments Treadmills & Gym flooring BENEFITS Round-toe foot freedom creates true barefoot experience Re-conditions natural arch and enhances foot strength Heightened proprioception improves balance Low-impact production methods reduce ZEMs carbon footprint SIZING (!!!!!) If you are normally a half size, please order UP to the next full size for proper comfortable fit.
- Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 1.2 x 13.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- ASIN: B005HGPS7C
- Item model number: 1000
- Date first available at Amazon.com: September 10, 2013
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First of all, there are numerous comments about the construction. The main design flaw is that the mesh upper is sewed onto the rubber sole - but the seam is actually under the shoe, so you step on the material of the upper part with every step. This has numerous holes at this point. They aren't severe, and again, they are only visible on the bottom of the shoe where that seam is. I can't see these lasting a year. Maybe 6 months if I'm lucky.
Another aspect of that design flaw is that the upper material soaks up water like crazy. If you step in one puddle, it's all over. Makes it tricky on rainy days. And again, since it is on the bottom of the shoe, you don't have to step in a puddle. Just damp ground for a block or two and your toes will be soaked at the very least. Longer and your whole foot will be.
That being said, for dry sunny days, these are great. I went on a few 7 mile runs in these, and have been really satisfied with them. Due to their light weight, they barely feel there. They do cut down on your foot's sensitivity vs barefoot by about 80% or so - so it's not the same as barefoot running. I have noticed that my movement changes with barefoot vs these shoes.
For example, 'does the shoe provide good arch support?' The answer is No, because it's not supposed to. This is a barefoot shoe, meant to help strengthen your arches and supporting muscles to get where you need to be.
Although I ordered my UK size as all of my other barefoot shoes, the shoe fits me bigger than expected and not snug at all. Think of a sock with a rubber sole. Reason being, the fabric is breathable and stretchy - which by design is awesome at keeping feet cool, but introduces the unfortunate problem of the shoe making its way off your foot. I would recommend ordering 1 size smaller. The sole has great grip which a major plus in my book.
I'm not returning it because it will then require me to pay shipping, so i'll just use them for exercises that won't make the shoe fly off. I may eventually give them away to a friend with a larger foot.
As a point of reference for others, I've got very wide feet. It might be a contributing factor in this. I normally wear size 11 sneakers but the 11 Zems were too long. With no 1/2 sizes to choose from I got 10. It's a squeeze to get them on but a spandex shoe like this needs to be snug. The length of the sole of size 10 is exactly the length of my foot. Why the extra space in the heal I can't understand.
I use them a few times a week for the treadmill and a few times a year for tubing down a river and walking back to the top with a tube and back down... and so on. With that being said they have held up perfectly.
They do exactly what I bought them for which is both protect my feet for the entire day of rafting and as a bonus they work for what they were made for, which is barefoot running.
I got them because I moved within China from an apartment with wood flooring over the concrete floors to one with rock-hard tile. I would go barefoot inside, but the floors are too hard. (Wood is fine, but the hard tile is too much). The floors are also freezing cold. I got these to wear as house slippers and can wear them all day very comfortably.