This is going to be my second bi-monthly shoe review round-up. I love reposting and sharing reviews of shoes to get new shoes out and let people know about the minmal shoe market.
Altra Zero Drop Delilah
- @minimalistrunnr (bit.ly/Ii4Ltk) - Her first impression were similar to mine. The outsole felt a little stiffer than the Intuition but has less cushioning (with the removable insole intact). She had no problem running in them and they felt fine (with less stack height) now that she strengthened her arch and feet. With no changes in running gait. But an old nagging stress fracture comes and go when she put in longer runs. This is more prominent on asphalt than on non-technical trails.
Altra Zero Drop Samson
- @minimalistrunnr (bit.ly/Ii4Ltk) - The Samson weight in at 8.2 ounces (US Size 10.0) and has a stack height of 10mm. If you remove the insole, you only about 7mm from the ground. All Altra shoes are zero drop – 0mm heel-to-toe differential. The Samson weighs about 1.5 ounces more than The Adam. The uppers is made of a quick-dry mesh but it felt rougher but definitely more durable than the Adam stretch fabric.
BodyGlove 3T Barefoot
- @bdayshoes (bit.ly/Ii2oa7) - I only briefly ran in the Barefoot 3Ts and what I can say is that the experience is similarly “barefoot”-like to running in FiveFingers. The lack of toe articulation on the smallest toes makes the 3Ts feel a little less locked on to your foot on the lateral edges of your feet, but did not detract much, if at all, from the toed experience.
Luna Sandals Catamount
- @bdayshoes (bit.ly/Ii4fvy) - the Luna Catamount, the sole is a combination of Cordovan leather and a 4mm Vibram rubber sole. The base configuration of the Catamount comes with an option of quarter-inch leather laces, 3/8” “Leadville Black” laces (what I picked), or braided hemp.
Merrell Barefoot Dash Glove
- @runblogger (bit.ly/Ii5R8p) - The thicker Vibram sole of the Pace Glove made running on pavement comfortable. I didn’t have any problems with the lack of cushion, and have been able to run up to 13 miles in them with no rubbing or hot spots. The shoes were fun for me, and I enjoyed putting them on as a treat for my running feet.
Merrell Barefoot Edge Glove
- @runblogger (bit.ly/Ii2Vc1) - The Merrell Edge Glove is a relatively new offering in the Merrell Barefoot collection. Made of suede leather, the Edge Glove is a bit more casual than the Tough Glove. Like the Tough Glove, it is both zero drop and flexible, and offers a very roomy fit.
Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove
- @runblogger (bit.ly/Ii5R8p) - Since this is a trail shoe there is more a prominent tread. Just along the tip of the toe line it is raised slightly more than the rest of the tread. This was most noticeable to me when I took the shoe out for the first time, running pavement to get to the trail. It didn’t feel bad, it just felt different.
Merrell Barefoot Tough Glove
- @runblogger (bit.ly/Ii2Vc1) - From an appearance standpoint, the Merrell Tough Glove is my favorite of the four shoes reviewed here – it’s a really nice looking shoe. They are made of full-grain leather and are nice enough that I can wear them with a sport coat, and have done so at admissions events where I have to present to large groups of prospective students and parents.
New Balance Minimus MR00
- @runblogger (bit.ly/Ii4y9v) - I’ve grown to really like the New Balance Minimus Road Zeros. Given my experience with this shoe so far, I’ve found it to be a rather versatile road shoe. It works well for speed, and it handles distance nicely as well.
- @vetrunnah (bit.ly/Ii3YbZ) - The Gravity has Newton’s patented Action/Reaction Technology™, does help me “feel” the difference when I am running with a proper landing versus when I am are landing on my heel. The running action does not feel as comfortable or as efficient when I don’t land properly.
Nike Free 3.0 v4
- @runblogger (bit.ly/JkUlIM) - The sole is 4mm drop (21mm heel, 17mm forefoot), and shoe weight is just a bit over 7oz with the insole removed. Gaps in the sole are much narrower than in previous versions which should help to prevent rock and stick collection in the gaps.
Rockport truWALK Zero
- @minimalistrunnr (bit.ly/Ii5jzv) - On April 5, Rockport launched its revolutionary new truWALK Zero footwear for men and women, featuring super-lightweight, flexible technology. truWALK Zero is the culmination of years of research and testing, making it one of the lightest shoes that Rockport has ever designed. They’ll make you feel like you’re walking on air!
Saucony Kinvara 3
- @binthrun (bit.ly/Ii3K4v) - Overall, while running the shoes are light, flexible, and comfortable. The Kinvara 3 maintain much of the feel of the last two models of Kinvara. If you loved Kinvara 1 and 2, you will love Kinvara 3. If you are like me and liked Kinvara 1 and 2 but couldn’t justify the quick demise of the sole, you will love Kinvara 3.
Salomon S-Lab Sense
- @bikernate (bit.ly/JkTZBV) - I was surprised to find out how well the carbon fiber rock plate worked. The shoes have more protection than my usual New Balance MT110’s and more cushioning as well. I think it would make an excellent 100 mile shoe.
- @alexbridgeforth (bit.ly/Ii3suC) - The Sense do a really good job at protecting you feet, however the only thing I did notice is the the EVA foam on the outside arch did get a few battle scars, but that is expected with a tech-trail shoe. The upper took a beating. Honestly, I was extremely surprised that I didn’t tear the upper at all. I was really rough on them for a first run.
SKORA Running FORM
- @timkellydotnet (bit.ly/JkUGLs) - I preferred the FORM over the BASE since I felt like I could get a tighter fit with the laces. I never experienced any blistering or hotspots while wearing socks or even going sockless. As I’ve mentioned, I prefer a thinner sole on my running shoes so I ended up taking out the removable insole.
- @bdayshoes (bit.ly/Ii5tH5) - SKORA’s tagline is “Run Real” as the company goes on to explain in their marketing material, “We reject the terms “minimal”, “natural”, or “barefoot-style” when it comes to running. We believe there is only one way to run that respects our bodies—simply put, it is Real Running. Nothing more, nothing less.
- @runblogger (bit.ly/Ii2Vc1) - The Vivobarefoot Aqua is hands down the most comfortable of all of the zero drop shoes that I wear to work. The sole is ultraflexible, the toebox is expansive, and they honestly feel like a broken-in pair of slippers.
- @runblogger (bit.ly/Ii2Vc1) - Several months ago Vivobarefoot released an airmesh version of the Neo, and I purchased a pair in the olive color shown above. This is definitely a casual shoe and not one you would wear on a dressier occasion, but it works fine for my work environment where I am often hanging out in a lab filled with dead animals.
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