Published on July 4th, 2012 | by Sarah0
Go Barefoot This Summer With Body Glove
There are specialty shoes for most every occasion- sandals and golf shoes, footwear for bowling and tennis and soccer and weddings or other dressy occasions. But until fairly recently, there weren’t shoes for those who didn’t really want a shoe at all. After all, climbers and runners have long appreciated the advantage of going nearly or totally barefoot, of letting your toes spread out a bit.
Thankfully, there are now plenty of options in category. We’ve been most recently trying out the new Body Glove 3T BareFoot Max (both women’s and men’s versions are available, ours have been women’s). Sizing seemed pretty true to form, but as with all barefoot shoes, they can feel a little odd at first and take some time to get adjusted to- especially the extra time it takes putting them on initially. And while most competitors use a four or five-toed design, these are only three-toed (hence the 3T). This makes them look and feel a little different, but it’s still not clear that it offers any advantages over more individuated digits.
On the other hand, they did feel stable, and well-balanced. This style of shoe- minimalist- tends to feel a little tight, which is part of the point. But the 3Ts were nicely ventilated, and held up well to water, sun, and sand, as well as some time spent climbing around rocks and walking in urban environments. The ventilation isn’t just limited to air either- they use an “Integrated Drainage System, allowing water to drain through the sole and air to circulate when on land”. It might seem like marketing speak, but once you’ve had your feet get waterlogged in barefoot shoes, you’ll appreciate the difference- it actually worked! Also, there is zero lift distance from heel to toe, though that also means a bit less padding and cushioning than some others.
Available in three colors- black with pink, blue, and lime accents- we found them online for around $50, a pretty good deal on a flexible pair of shoes perfect for outdoor adventures and watersports.