Now it might seem a little crazy to spend 80 quid on a pair of shoes that when you put them on, feel like you’re not actually wearing shoes but that’s exactly what I did a few weeks back.
I can honestly say it’s the best shoe purchase I’ve ever made.
True, the toe pods might make my feet look rather Neanderthal, and I can imagine some puzzled faces if anyone noticed my footprints on a muddy stretch of grass, but it’s not about looks. Fashion issues are beside the point. What’s important is how these shoes feel.
For anyone who’s kicked off their shoes and gone barefoot these shoes might come as something of a surprise. And the surprise is that when you put them on you still feel as if you’re in bare feet. You can still feel the ground under your feet and if you do step on a stone, you’ll feel it. You have to walk differently, be lighter on your feet, and not thump down on your heels, just as you do when you walk or run barefoot.
I’ve been running in them for about a week now and I’ve had to go back to basics, starting again with a walk/run programme because just like barefoot running, if you don’t build up slowly your feet will be sore and your calf muscles will scream.
And possibly, the good people you pass by on your run will point their fingers in amazement at your choice of footwear. But I can’t tell you about that, because I was too busy enjoying myself to notice anyone around me.