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jimp36589 wrote a review of on October 24, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used both the Road Glove and the Trail Glove. I find the Road Glove has a noticeably narrower toe box than the Trail Glove, which is a drawback for me since "barefoot" running (or walking for that matter) should allow your forefoot and toes to splay out naturally while you are moving. The shoes fit quite snugly around the heel and up to the midfoot. However, the molded arch is quite noticeable, and for me this limits the true "barefootness" of these shoes. In fact, when simply standing upright, the shoe, while placing you back on your heels, seems to allow your toes to only lightly contact the ground. I don't notice this while running, of course, but standing it makes for a rather odd feeling. While running, the toe box is, for me, a bit too constricting. I personally prefer the toe box of the Trail Glove, which is definitely wider. To sum them up I wouldn't actually label these as "barefoot" shoes, but instead "zero drop near-minimalist" shoes.

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jimp36589 wrote a review of on October 24, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If I had to sum these up, I guess I'd say "zero drop minimalist shoe with a minimal, yet noticeable, rockplate". The fit is terrific - snug around the heel, yet with a wide toebox. The toebox actually feels much more comfortable than the Road Glove, which seems much narrower to me than the Trail Glove. I've used these for walking, road running, trail running, and running stairs. It feels most "barefoot" to me on trails. For me, the rock plate is easily noticeable when running on or even walking on hard surfaces. This serves to diminish the "barefoot" feel a great deal from my perspective. Also, when walking on a hard surface the molded arch creates a rather odd sensation - sort of like there is something underneath your foot, but not exactly. I still like them a lot and wear them also to the gym or when just running errands. Overall a very good shoe.

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