NEW! Adult PRIMAL RunAmoc - Black

Are you ready to go wild? Then we’d like to introduce you to the Primal, a wildly healthy shoe with our boldest sole shape yet! This innovative minimal shoe has an extra wide toe box for the ultimate in free movement and natural toe splay.

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Price $140.00

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Scroll down for FAQ regarding this shoe's design and fit.

With our groundbreaking Primal shoe, we’re busting boundaries and embracing the natural physiology of the human foot like never before. This minimal footwear design is the perfect marriage of modern innovation with a pre-shoe-era mindset when our feet could wildly roam the Earth, unencumbered.

As shoemakers, we understand that one shoe does not fit all. Over the years, some of our customers have been asking for even more toe room, and this design is an answer to that enthusiastic feedback. This shoe will be the ideal solution for anyone seeking to maintain or restore natural foot function.

This Primal in smooth black leather is a versatile crossover that will seamlessly transition from athletic shoe and an everyday casual shoe. Whether you’re hunting for new adventures on a trail or gathering the kids from practice, this shoe will give you the flexible, strong foundation you need. And barefoot runners, tell your toes to get ready to flex, spread and party like it’s the Paleolithic era!

  • Innovative sole shape with extra roomy toe box.
  • Flexible, breathable materials for the ultimate in free foot movement.
  • Made with premium, responsibly sourced leathers.
  • Comes with a durable VibramTM 5mm Trail Sole.
  • Zero-drop sole between toe and heel.
  • Toe cap for extra toe durability made from upcycled bicycle inner tubes (click "Upcycled Toe Cap" tab above for more info).
  • Padded breathable tongue for snug, secure fit.
  • Expanded lacing system with extra eyestays for a customized fit.
  • Can be worn with or without socks.
  • Made in USA: designed and handcrafted in Oregon.

 At this time, sole and width options and color customizations are not available for Primal RunAmocs, but these options will be added in spring of 2018.


 

Primal FAQ

Since the Primal RunAmoc has such a unique shape, we receive many questions about its design and fit. Here are some of the most common concerns we encounter:

 

Should I order the same size in a Primal RunAmoc as I do for a Dash RunAmoc?

Most likely, yes. We strive to keep sizing as consistent as possible across all styles and the length of the Primal sole is the same length as our other sole shape. The majority of our testers of the Primal RunAmoc wore the same size as they wear in our Dash RunAmoc, but a small percentage preferred one size smaller. Variations with the way the uppers are designed along with subtle differences in an individual’s foot shape can change how a shoe feels, plus many people have different preferences for how snug or loose they prefer a shoe to fit. We recommend trying the same size you wear for Dash RunAmocs and rest assured that we offer an easy return/exchange process if needed.

 

I see you have regular, wide and narrow for other styles. What width is the Primal? How wide is it? Can you tell me if it is wide enough for my feet?

Please note: for the initial release of the Primal RunAmoc only regular widths are available, but we will offer more width options in the spring of 2018.

The width of the Primal toe box is much wider than any other shoes we make, but the uppers and overall fit of the shoe are designed to fit snugly at your midfoot and back. Some customers prefer the narrow width aesthetically, but keep in mind the purpose of the shoe is to accommodate full toe splay while running. If you have had to order wide Softstar shoes in the past simply because you wanted more room for toes to spread, then our regular width Primal RunAmoc will likely work very well for you. On the other hand, if you needed a wide shoe in the past because your instep felt too tight in regular shoes then you will probably need a wide width for the Primal RunAmoc (available in a few months).

 

Is the shoe also wider in the heel?

No.

 

Can I get the toe cap on other shoes? 

No. The unique Primal toe cap is only available on our Primal shoe. 

 

Will the Primal sole shape be offered on more shoe styles?

Possibly. Currently this sole shape is only available for the Primal RunAmoc, but our designers are already testing it with some of our other existing styles. Depending on customer response to this shoe, we may add additional styles with this sole shape in 2018.

Customer Reviews

Amazingly comfortable! Review by Kathy
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These are my first pair of Softstars, and won't be my last. After decades in constricting footwear, I finally noticed a couple of months ago that my feet are shaped like shoes. I have since been obsessed with correcting or at least halting the progression of deformity.

I started wearing Correct Toes, first in Croc Bistros (not at all minimalist, but they are zero drop and seem to be the widest Crocs). Also got a pair of Lems Primal 2, which are minimalist and provide great toe room.

When my Sofststar Primals arrived, I fell in love. Absolutely amazing toe freedom, and ridiculously soft leather. It's like being barefoot. I feel silly gushing like this over a pair of shoes, but they really are that awesome. Thank you, Elves!
P.S. Now I am really spoiled, and hoping you will start making the Phoenix boot in this width. (Posted on 12/13/17)
I wish all shoes had an ergonomic foot shape like the Primal Review by Noah
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I think it takes getting used to from an appearance standpoint because practically every other shoe in the world is pointed. Considering most people are not riding horses in them, there is no reason to constrain the feet. The shape and width is perfect for me and represents how the foot should naturally be shaped. They are definitely not too wide in my opinion, I really would love to see ALL shoes available in this shape, I believe it would result in a lot more healthy feet! (Posted on 12/6/17)
SO AWESOME FOR OUTDOOR EXERCISE Review by Valentina
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I have had the regular RunAmoc but there was a little pressure on my big to pushing it inward. But with these I can do yoga outside and feel like my foot is really like it's barefoot but cozy in wet winter weather. Only downside is it's a little funky looking. But the "normal" looking shoes are all pointy and causing the same inward pressure on the big toe. THANKS for the new design. I think the black is best looking. (Posted on 12/5/17)
wrong size, but decided against them Review by Rose
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due to an error on my part, the Primals I ordered were 4 sizes too large. But after seeing them, I decided not to reorder in my size, but to order Original Run-Amoks while they were still available. The toe box of the Primals was just too wide, and too flat. My big toes especially tends to wear holes in my socks, and shoes that don't have enough height in the toe box can press down and be uncomfortable or even painful, so I decided against investing in the Primals. (Posted on 12/5/17)
This is the shoe we've all been waiting for. Review by Lal Beral
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Love them. I have many, many pairs of Softstar shoes, and I was going to hold off purchasing these until a current pair wore out. I couldn't wait, and I'm glad I didn't. What's great about these: super-wide toe box is just what my toes needed (and now I don't need to order wide which makes the body of the shoe too big); rubber at front makes shoes less likely to leak in the rain; padded tongue is much more comfortable; shoe laces tighter around ankle which means less stuff gets inside and fit is better; and laces are longer and easier to tie. I love these shoes. I wear them every day. I used to think I liked the thin 2mm sole better for ground feel, but really the 5mm is more versatile. I wouldn't mind seeing other styles with this wide toe box, especially the Phoenix boot. Only down side, if you care (I don't): The shoes look a little clown-like with the wide toe box. (Posted on 12/2/17)
Toe Room! Review by Chris
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I am an airline pilot and elite triathlete. I have five pairs of Soft Star shoes because they are healthy for my feet and overall fitness and function. The new PRIMAL RunAmoc are as close to barefoot footwear available and my new work shoes. They are USA made and I will buy more when needed to replace other shoes. There is “room” for tweaking this design but I’ll take excess space for my toes over ANY any cramping of toe box size. THANK YOU Softstar!! (Posted on 11/30/17)
Great shoes for people with a really wide toe box Review by jo
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Please note, if you have a small toe box and your toes do not have a substantial spread, don't buy these. Get their normal RunAmoc. Softstar specifically made these shoes for wide spreading feet. You can tell from the pictures that the toe box is extremely wide ;)

I have been keeping an eye on softstar for a while, ever since I spoke to them over a year ago and they mentioned that they had a design in the works for wide feet. I have a massive big toe and exceptionally wide feet. The only pair of shoes that I've been able to comfortably wear have been my New Balance MT00. I've had to use these everywhere since most other shoes crush my toes.

These Primal RunAmoc 's are great. The leather is very flexible and soft. You would think, at first glance, that the shoes would prohibit your toe spread, but since the leather is so soft and flexible, I barely even notice the shoe is on. The handwork is great and though I almost wish I could have a 2mm sole to feel more of the ground, though these 5mm are nice.

If i had to nitpick something, it would be the inner leather heal support. The padding on the heel is a bit low and while it does not cause me any pain, it feels a little awkward. I do have high heel bones though. I wouldn't mind the heel padding going a bit higher, but maybe this was a design decision that I don't understand.

I do have to say that the sole on the New Balance MToo is still my favorite sole. I wish Vibram would continue making those kind of soles because it is extremely flexible, but also extremely comfy and padded. I wish I could take that Mtoo soul and put it on these.

I don't run, just walk ;) I did not buy the sheepskin insert, but if I had to be standing for long periods of time, I might consider that. The leather sole is nice, but it is firm and might possibly cause fatigue if you're standing at work a lot.

Aside from those few nitpicks, I love them. If you have ultra-wide toe-boxes and are looking for a minimalist shoe, I would highly advise buying a pair of these.
(Posted on 11/27/17)
Ridiculous and amazing Review by RJ
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The longer I've worn minimalist shoes, the wider my feet have become, until even the wide width Dash were to narrow for me. In the Primals I have room for my feet, my Correct Toes, and even socks. They look pretty silly, but I know that's only because we're so used to shoes that warp and mangle our feet. I'm happy to help normalize funny-looking, foot-shaped shoes. :) I just wish I could buy winter boots in this weird and wonderful shape! (Posted on 11/22/17)
Growing pains Review by Zac
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I'd been waiting for these for a long time, and now having had them for a couple weeks, they mostly deliver, albeit with some issues that I'd love to see addressed. First, as others have mentioned, the toe box is wide. VERY wide. I have wide feet and appreciate the width, but I think it could be reduced a bit to improve the aesthetic without compromising on the purpose of the shoe. Second, while the toe box is wide, the midfoot and heel are both narrow by comparison, so unless you have clown-shaped feet, if you actually need all that toebox width then your heel/midfoot may bulge out over the sole. This wouldn't be a problem if not for the way these shoes are sewn together; there are some seams inside that could be addressed to at least make the transition from sole to sidewall less substantial. The tongue liner is amazing, though mine is permanently bunched up inside creating a ridge down the centre that is annoying bordering on painful on longer runs.

They are very well made, and I think with a few tweaks they'll become my new go-to (at least until the moc3 is released in a wide). (Posted on 11/14/17)
aWidest toe box ever Review by maureen
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I run barefoot and have been wearing only barefoot type shoes for 6 years, including Soft Star. I have 2 pairs of moccasins and love them. I tried these because of the wide toe box. They are very soft and comfortable right away. I think they are a half size too big. The 10 women fits me in the moccasin but the 10 in the Primal is a bit too long. It seems that because the toe box is so wide, I don’t need a tiny bit of length. I really like these but wish I had ordered a 9.5. (Posted on 11/12/17)
Your toes will thank you! Review by Weloveflowers
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Preview:

I have long anticipated these.
I have wide toe splay, high arches, low foot volume and no descent in toe slope what-so-ever. (not counting the pinky toes) Sizing up has been mandatory for years, all because my 4th toe on each foot doesn't fit on the sole. And when I broke one of these toes, shoes became impossible to wear.

That's when I found the Dash with bullhide sole. I wear them exclusively, rotating among 3 pairs.

Primal Review:
Some people's feet are shaped outside the box! They will suffer from commercially shaped soles, or they will go barefoot. This shoe works and for that, "everything is AWESOME". I could go on and on.

I do have a few particulars to address:
1) too many eyelets?
2) I don't care for a tongue liner.
3) on the dash, there is a small strip of leather on the inside of the
upper heel that gives a little structure. I would like this on the
Primal.

In summary, I would like to see the Dash MARRY the Primal and have a hybrid! Dash upper + primal sole = perfect shoe

note: I bought this pair for my son. too big....returned. I will order another pair for him soon. I will likely order a pair for myself too, but today, I'm ordering another pair of Dash, sized up.

Thank you Doctor Elves! You do more for feet than most Podiatrists!

Sincerely,

Angela E.

(Posted on 11/10/17)
Toe no bueno Review by Ed
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You can't tell from the pictures, but the toe is extremely wide - which is meant to allow the toes to splay, but greatly diminishes the aesthetic appeal of the shoe when viewed from the front. Judging by the substantial amount of room I have in the toe, I think the toe could stand to be brought in without compromising toe splay while simultaneously restoring the aesthetic. For reference, I have regular-width feet. I plan on giving the narrow version a try in spring of 2018 when they become available, as it is in all other aspects a very nice shoe. (Posted on 11/8/17)
Most comfortable Softstars yet! Review by Carla
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Ok, these are ugly. Really ugly. My son calls them "cartoon shoes". If you have tried Lems shoes, these are even wider at the toe. That said, the fit is phenomenal. Snug and secure at the heel, yet plenty of room at the toe. Thanks, elves! (Posted on 11/2/17)
Way too wide on my feet. Review by Laura
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I am a huge fan of Softstar shoes and nearly every pair of shoes I own are Softstars so I was excited to try these. Unfortunately, they were so wide on my feet they looked very odd. Maybe they would work better for men's feet but they really did not work for my smaller women's frame. I had to exchange them for the Dash style. (Posted on 10/24/17)

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Unsure about your size? Our printable guide will help you find the best fit for your feet! Just click the button below to print the guide and follow the instructions on the page (if you don't have access to a printer then scroll down for another option).

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Want more details? Check out this video for visual step-by-step instructions:

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You can still measure feet using the method below (also shown in our sizing videos). You can then scroll down and see where your measurements fall on our sizing charts to find the recommended shoe size. All you need is a book, a tape measure and a wall.

Note: we no longer recommend tracing your feet because it usually gives a larger measurement than the method described below. Our sizing charts work in accordance with the following method.

To measure your feet:

  1. 1. Remove shoes and socks and place the bare foot so that the heel is barely touching a wall.
  2. 2. Place a book in on the floor, parallel to the wall, so that it is barely touching the front of the longest toe.
  3. 3. Step away carefully and measure the distance from the book to the wall.
  4. 4. Scroll down and look for this measurement on the sizing charts below to find the recommended shoe size.

     

Once you find your length measurement, you can use table below to best find your corresponding size.

 

Wide/Narrow: Trouble deciding your width? Our best recommendation is to order a wide or narrow only if you have found you need those custom widths in other brands for your feet to be comfortable. If you have never found you needed wide or narrow shoes before then we suggest sticking with our regular width.

Style notes:

If you find yourself between two shoe sizes, we recommend ordering the larger size. This is especially true of our adult Phoenix Boots and Rogue casual shoes, which run a bit small.

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Have you noticed the stripes running across the rubber toe caps of your Primal RunAmocs? Ever wonder why they're there? As part of Softstar's ongoing efforts to promote sustainable manufacturing practices, these protective toe caps are made from upcycled bicycle inner tubes.

In our region of western Oregon, commuting by bicycle is very popular. The large number of bikes on our roads leads to many bicycle repair shops, and most of them are overflowing with old rubber inner tubes. Our shoe designers saw an opportunity to both improve our shoe and keep much of this waste from being sent to the landfill. After a few tedious experiments we found these rubber tubes are perfect for covering the toe areas of our shoes. 

To make sure we were not compromising the quality of our shoes, we made prototypes both with upcycled inner tubes and with new sheets of rubber and put them to the test on rugged hiking trails. In the end, the toe caps made from inner tubes held up better and provided more durability!

Softstar founder Tim Oliver now makes regular trips to our local bike shops, most notably the Corvallis Bicycle Collective, which sets aside their used inner tubes in anticipation of his visit. We then filter out the inner tubes that are too thin or too thick, cut out sections that show signs of damage, thoroughly wash what's left and stitch it to the front of our shoes!

For more information on our efforts to run an environmentally friendly workshop, visit our Sustainable Practices page.

Whether you need it for the trail, street, studio or workplace, we have the perfect RunAmoc for you!

Scroll down to compare shoe styles, sole options and leather, or click a category to jump ahead:

RunAmoc Style Comparison

 

Primal

Dash

Moc3

Summary

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Extra-wide toe splay for healthy, natural foot function.

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Multipurpose minimal shoe: athletic, casual or dressy.

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An ultra-light running "sock" with the durability of a shoe.

Features

• Extra wide toe box. This shoe is widest at the toes, rather than the ball of the foot, and is ideal for people who want to maintain/restore natural foot shape and function.

• Rubber toe cap, made from upcycled bicycle innertubes, adds durability to front of shoe--especially useful for hikers and trail runners.

• Extended lacing system is designed to fit snugly around instep, yet allow toes to spread out as much as possible.

• Underside of tongue is lined with a thin layer of Breathe-O-Prene (a breathable, neoprene-like material) to hold the shoe securely across the top of the foot.

• A versatile minimal design that can function as an athletic shoe, a casual shoe or a formal shoe (depending on color choices).

• Mid-level minimal shoe option for people who do not want the extra-wide toe box of the Primal RunAmoc, but prefer a shoe that is more traditional than the Moc3.

• Short lacing system allows adjustable fit around the instep while leaving the front of the foot unencumbered.

• Every component of the Dash is fully customizable for unique color, material and sole options.

• Our lightest minimal shoe, and one of the lightest in the world! Designed to be as flexible and lightweight as possible.

• Easily rolls up and fits into small spaces when not in use, such as a small bag or tucked under a belt.

• Slip-on design allows quick on/off when you're on the go.

• Breathe-O-Prene lining hugs your foot from all sides for a snug, but ventilated fit.

• Sole pattern is cut sparsely to allow maximum flexibility and barefoot experience (see image below).

Sizes

Adult Sizes 5U–15U

Currently only available in regular width, but more width options will be available in spring of 2018.

Sizing Guide

Adult Sizes 5U–15U

Available in regular, narrow or wide widths.

Sizing Guide

Adult Sizes 4U–13U

Available in regular width only.

Sizing Guide

Weight

6.4–10.2 oz, depending on size.

 

5.0–9.5 oz, depending on sizeand sole.

 

4–6 oz, depending on size.

 

Sole Options

Primal sole shape:

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Currently only made with 5mm Trail sole, but more soling options will be available in spring of 2018.

Dash sole shape:

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Available in 3 sole options:

• 2mm Vibram™ Street Sole
• 5mm Vibram™ Trail Sole
• Tough Leather Sole (available only when you customize this shoe)

Moc2 sole shape:

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The Moc3 is only made with 2mm Vibram™ Street Sole cut to minimal patterned footbed. The sole is entirely covered with thin material, but the thicker 2mm sole covers the shaded areas above.

Custom Color Options Currently only available in three color combinations. The option to customize this shoe with unique colors will be available in spring of 2018. Suede, smooth (full grain) or LITE (perforated) leather colors.

LITE perforated leather colors.

 

RunAmoc Sole Comparison

 

2mm Street

5mm Trail

Bullhide Leather

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Trail Sole Close Up

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2mm Street Sole Pattern
5mm Trail Sole Pattern
Tough Leather Sole Pattern
Features

 

Very high level of groundfeel. Our thinnest and lightest sole. Minimal space between feet and ground.

High level of groundfeel. Extra thickness adds durability. Tread pattern provides additional traction on rough surfaces.

Our most flexible sole! 3–4mm thick (natural hides vary slightly). Pliable texture provides our highest level of groundfeel and most unrestricted foot movement.

All-natural leather material allows grounding conductivity (see earthing).

Use

Perfect for running on smooth surfaces or for trail runners who have strengthened their feet to tolerate groundfeel of rough surfaces.

Ideal for trail runners and those who want barefoot movement with protection while running over rough surfaces, such as gravel or rocky paths. Also a favorite for street runners who prefer durability over maximum groundfeel.

Recommended for people new to minimalist running shoes.

A favorite for people who prefer to run or walk barefoot. Like the street sole, it is recommended to have feet strengthened for barefoot-style running before using this sole on rough or rocky terrain.

NOTE: this sole can become very slippery on smooth, wet surfaces.

Price No additional cost. No additional cost.
+$10

 

 

 

Leather Material Comparison

 

Suede

Smooth
(full grain)

LITE (perforated)

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Softstar Suede Leather

Softstar Smooth Leather

Softstar LITE Leather

Look and Feel Soft and cozy. Matte appearance. Smooth and glossy. Underside is suede. Smooth, thin and light.
Pros & Cons

 

Pros: A favorite for its stylish look and extremely cozy feel.

Cons: Not water resistant, unless treated with a suede protector leathercare. Requires more effort to clean (we recommend a suede brush).

Pros: Naturally water resistant and easy to clean. Keeps feet warm and protected in cold, wet weather.

Cons: May cause feet to feel warm in hot climates, depending on your tolerance for heat/cold (still more breathable than most rubber or faux-leather shoes).

Pros: Lightweight, keeps feet cool and ventilated. A favorite for running in warm weather. Easy to clean.

Cons: Not water resistant... it has holes!

Use

Our suede leather is a popular choice for casual everyday shoes that look and feel fantastic! Many people use it for athletic shoes as well, though it does require extra effort to keep dry and clean.

Smooth leather provides the most protection from the elements. A popular choice for protecting feet from cold or wet weather. Also gives a classy look for dressy or formal occasions.

While naturally somewhat water resistant, smooth leather can be made more waterproof with full grain leathercare.

Great for athletes wanting to keep feet ventilated and cool. This naturally lightweight material minimizes shoe weight to maximize performance. Although it is not water resistant, the thin, airy material dries quickly and is easy to clean.

 

RUNAMOC HISTORY: 

In the fall of 2009, we noticed a sharp increase in calls from customers requesting modifications to our existing line of minimalist moccasins. We were surprised to learn that people weren't only wearing them around the house, but to run trails, marathons and even ultramarathons. With interest increasing in barefoot running, we began development of a barefoot running moccasin designed by and for runners.

Softstar called on our online community of fans to solicit input on ideal features to design a new shoe specifically for runners that was light, ventilated and featured super thin and flexible running soles. Our fantastic customers submitted ideas, provided feedback on prototypes and ultimately voted on the name RunAmoc. Since the very successful launch of the Original RunAmoc (now discontinued), we have added the Dash, Moc3 and Primal to the line. We hope you find these unique running shoes to be a benefit to your training routine and a treat for your feet!

 

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT TRANSITIONING TO MINIMAL RUNNING SHOES:

Making the switch from traditional shoes to minimal shoes or barefoot running/walking should be done gradually with research and advice from healthcare professionals to prevent injury. It is not recommended to begin heavy running in minimalist/barefoot shoes until your feet have adapted properly. You will probably be tempted to just take off since they are FUN and you feel like a kid in them, but you may end up injuring yourself if you plunge into full speed without proper conditioning. You may want to read this article that includes tips and training plans for transitioning safely:

Article: How to Transition to Minimal Shoes

Our disclaimer: please remember that we are shoemakers, not doctors. Nothing we say or write should be taken as medical advice or replace advice from a medical professional.