Going Minimalistic…with Barefoot Shoes

sockwaJust like any girl, I like shoes. But instead of stilettos (which I can admire from afar or even in my closet, just not on my feet—ouchie ouch!), I tend to “collect” tennis shoes, Chucks and other casual cute covers for my tootsies. The latest addition to my growing collection of comfy footwear? Sockwa. Not only is it fun to say (I may run around the house jumping around like a ninja and whispering “SOCKWA” on occasion), but they’re kind of fun to wear, too.

I tried a pair of Dojos—an indoor shoe made of Neoprene, fleece and mesh all with a soothing suede-like cover. It’s kind of like wearing a cross between a thin slipper and water shoes (ever had a pair of those? I had some as a kid for the water park—ahhh, memories!). The Neoprene gives the shoe some stretch to fit your feet snuggly but not tightly (although sometimes they felt like they were cramping my toe’s style), the mesh lets your feet breathe (no stinky feet here!) and the fleece just feels nice. I wore them around the house (now that I work at home, yippee!), and felt like my feet were better supported and almost like the muscles in my feet were challenged and getting a workout. I also tried them while doing yoga and liked the sole’s non-slip surface. (It’s like a yoga mat is on your feet!) Although I wasn’t at a gym for the yoga, my husband definitely did notice them, asking, “What the heck is on your feet?” And not in a “that looks weird but good” way. In a weird way.

So. They’re not exactly stylish, but they are highly functional. And I like ’em. The company also makes a pair of outdoor shoes for barefoot (or almost barefoot, I guess) running, camping and boating, but I’m not that brave—yet. We’ll see once I’m house barefoot broken. —Jenn

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  1. Kristine says:

    I still giggle when I hear the term “barefoot shoes”. Seems like a bit of an oxymoron. 🙂

    I tried some barefoot shoe running over the summer (when it wasn’t howlingly cold outside like it is getting here) and I really enjoyed it. It really made my running seem more light and carefree. Mind you, I have the heaviest running shoe on the market!

    These look very similar to my version of a barefoot running shoe… a water shoe from WalMart! I didn’t know if I was really going to take to the minimalist running and didn’t want to spend a fortune, so I found some at WalMart for only $6! And they lasted most of the summer. I only quit running in them because I think I bit off more than I could chew and ended up with some foot issues. Nothing major, but I think running in these things requires a more gradual transition than I took. I was just enjoying it so much and was up to running 6+ miles in them at a time, 3-4 days/week!

    I hope to try it again this summer though! I already miss the freedom my feet felt in them and lack of “clunk, clunk, clunk” I’m hearing with my running shoes now 🙂

  2. Sagan says:

    Okay, now I really want a pair of these shoes so that I can run around the house like a ninja, too. Who wouldn’t want to run around the house like a ninja?!