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INTERESTING---FIT IS KEY
on October 19, 2014
This is my second pair of these kinds of shoes. My other pair was by the other company who makes them. (there are 2 that I know of). I originally bought them because my big to rubs on my second toe and you think "so" but ----its very --extremely uncomfortable. I know it makes no sense, but trust me, it does. These solve that problem. They are awesome. The most important thing with these shoes is the FIT. THe fit has to be tight, but not too tight. You must be almost sock tight, and the toes must go in the toe "places" or you will hate these. So first things first, make sure all 5 toes get where they are supposed to go. Then you should have the heel not tight but no slipping. The heel cup is very similar to traditional running shoes, and its important that you get your foot seated in it securely. These shoes are designed to wear with no socks, but usually I wear the toe socks, but thats me.
1- solve problems of toes rubbing or being jammed up as with regular shoes (in some cases)
2- Very light, very thin
3- good aeration
4- Outstanding in water. I wore mine fishing in a stream and walked in the water like nothing. Perfect.
5- Very comfortable--once you get the size right.
1- Too thin on bottom, --cannot wear running anywhere because the sole is too thin--stepping on rocks etc can be uncomfortable
2- must wear toe socks if you wear socks--expensive
3- hard to get on properly (but gets easier when used to them)
4 top half is mesh or fabric, no protection when walking in woods, thick brush, or in a river etc.
The dislikes are a personal thing. Some might say "they are not made to wear in thick brush or in rivers", but they are shoes. I wear my shoes wherever and if I have to pick and choose where to wear them, then I will get different shoes. Same issue with the soles. If you run, you better do so on a track. WHen you come down hard on a 1/2" rock, you will understand what I am talking about. The sole is very thin, there is no "last" (the part that makes shoes stiff and gives shape and size--the "mold" so to speak). These are basically a foot bottom molded into rubber (or whatever they use) with a nylon covering over the top to hold the foot. As I mentioned about fitting-- The heel is the only place that is a traditional on these shoes, in that there is a heel cup.
They can be adjusted a little bit---this shoe has a velcro strap, my others have elastic laces. I prefer the laces in this kind of shoe, the velcro doesnt seem to provide the same kinds of fitting options as laces--but again, shoes are very personal, and I think with these I would --
1- Get the exact size of your foot----measured or traced -not with a brannock shoe size device
2- Get the shoe closest to that measurement or tracing.
3- Try them on, make sure your toes are in each place, and the heel is secure--no slipping when walking but no blisters either.
4- use them for a few weeks. You need to get used to them, and you need to practice putting them on/taking them off--
These are great and I love mine, but they do require a lot of TLC. Good luck, thanks for reading. i hope this helps you.