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Published on July 4th, 2012 | by Sarah

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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.

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Sarah Mimo is easily excitable about the arts and related events. She studied illustration at Pratt institute and has worked as a graphic designer. She currently crafts laser cut clocks (sarahmimo.com) and explores the art/design/crafting events in NYC.



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