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5-star barefoot shoes
on 12 September 2014
I have had and worn extensively two other 'barefoot' running shoes (Vivobarefoot), so this purchase of the Merrell Trail Glove 2 was a small venture into the unknown. After a week (and about 30km of tarmac, trails and fields) it has been a success.
The fit is OK, within the 'normal' range for the size (UK 8) but at the small end of the normal range - so if you are mid-way between two sizes definately go for the larger. The build quality seems excellent, although only time will tell. The instep is cut away from the sole somewhat, so they feel to be giving some arch support which I would prefer not to have, but that's a small point.
Running in them is as good as any other barefoot shoes I've had. Comfortable enough on day 1 to forget you are wearing them. The sole seems very slightly thicker than the Vivobarefoots (I don't feel stones quite as much) which may be a good or bad thing depending on your viewpoint - it's not enough to concern me. They also look good!
If you are new to barefoot running you will obviously need to build up calf muscles over a period of weeks and learn the style properly, but these would be a good pair of shoes to start with.
P.S It's always worth while occasionally running completely barefoot (choose some nice smooth tarmac and some soft grass) - however much you think you are running 'barefoot' a real barefoot session will show where you are not!