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- Built-in heel pull-tab - enables the EvoskinTM to be fitted and removed with ease.
- Internal textured pattern - helps to hold the foot securely and prevent internal movement.
- Outer Material: Synthetic
- Inner Material: Manmade
- Sole: Gum Rubber
- Closure: Slip-On
- Heel Height: 1 centimetres
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The evoskinTM uses patent pending technology to create a glove like fit of silicon around the foot and individual toes, allowing the wearer to experience the ground as though they were barefoot. Connect with the earth and experience a freedom that was previously the reserve of barefoot purists. With only a single layer of silicone between your foot and the ground, the evoskinTM behaves like a second skin, protecting the foot but allowing you to feel the motion of running like never before. With added health benefits, incorporating the evoskinTM into your training program will help strengthen your foot muscles. For maximum proprioceptive feedback and gecko like grip, the evoskinTM is ideal for a range of activities including water sports, treadmill workouts and barefoot training sessions. Discover an alternative way to experience earth. Removable sports performance strap included (+10g).
Top customer reviews
I am a distance runner and have experimented with various minimalist styles of footwear including Five Fingers and while I have run short distances in the latter (which I love for causal funky wear) even these are not ideal for me personally but I would not even consider running in Evoskins. The fit is not good enough especially for the toes and as others have commented they are very sweaty. The structure also isn't as good as even the lightest. most minimalist versions of Five Fingers. Frankly I am puzzled they are marketed for this purpose (perhaps trying to jump on the minimalist running band wagon?) when they are obviously far better suited to (designed for?) to other activities.
A word about the fit. I found the fit fairly good although if you are on the cusp between two sizes, I would opt for the smaller of the two. The toes are a little long for me as I have relatively short toes but this isn't overall too much of an issue. The fit is quite wide and when I first took them out of the packet I thought it would be too wide (they looked to be made for Hobbit feet) but infact they wrap around the foot so this is fine. In summary, great for watersports/beach/river swimming but not an (even minimalist) running shoe!
However, these shoes are not built to last. I would guess I've run no more than 50 miles in them, and already the soles are worn and splitting. The 'fingerprint' style tread started to wear off after just a couple of short runs, and has now gone completely.
The fit of these shoes isn't great. I find my little toes tend to pop out of their compartments when cornering, and generally my feet start sliding around uncomfortably inside the shoes as they get sweaty after a couple of miles.
I would recommend the Evoskins as a way to try out barefoot-style running over short distances, and for occasional wear. But they're definitely not suitable to use as your main running shoes, unfortunately.
I really wanted to love these shoes, and I hope Inov-8 will find a way to make them more robust in future.
The bonus is that you can chuck these in the washing machine if they need freshening up (or even the dishwasher!)
However, for those in a cold country, I would recommend either toe socks or modifying normal socks by cutting the ends off, for an extra layer of warmth.