For about a year or so I have been trying to find an alternative to walking BF . Last year I purchased a pair of Teva Zilch the most minimal sandals that Teva made. The were fine for short durations, like during a weekend but for a recent holiday to Hawai'i they started to rub and cause a blister. I started checking what else would be available and came across Unshoes . I did check into other huarache type sandals and nearly settled on Invisible Shoes but there was a problem with their finicky lacing system.
The Unshoes: Wokova Feather came highly rated and receive stunning reviews. As a matter of fact they compare very well as compared to their competition .
I decided to order both the Wokova and Feather sandals and last week I received this package delivered to my office
I was so excited that these finally arrived. There was a delay at the factory and after an exchange of emails from Terral Fox, the founder of Unshoes, he decided to forward these to me by Express Mail.
It was great that these minimalist sandals came with minimalist packaging. Simple with a paper band around each pair. These sandals are basically two pieces of Vibram soles cut to the shape of your feet and held to your foot by 3 anchor points for each side. Each sandal is custom made to your own feet. If you go to all the links above you will find that you have to prepare a tracing of each foot and send it to Unshoes, from which they will "make" a custom pair of sandals for you. This process can take from 4-6 weeks depending upon how busy they are
There is lots of information from the above links describing their form and performance, so no need for me to re-invent the wheel. The difference between the Wokovas and the Feather is the sole thickness, the Feather being the thinnest to give you the sensation of feeling the contours of the ground
Here you can see the difference in sole thickness, the Feathers are the top ones. When you wear the Feather it is like you are not wearing anything, they are so light. Most customers would wear these for (barefoot) running. Going barefoot is not necessarily accepted by modern society, and as I like to go BF as much as possible I needed a more friendly solution which would give me the same BF feeling but appear that I was wearing normal sandals. These unshoes have Zero Drop and many people who are not used to walking BF would have to "build up" certain foot muscles which do not get to be used while wearing normal closed shoes.
I couldn't wait and as soon as I had a chance to rip open the package, I just had to try them on
at the office
You can see how thin the Feathers are. The strapping system allows you to easily put them on or off
Unshoes: Wokova Feather
During the past few days I have been alternating between the Wokova and the Feathers but so far I love the Feathers and even the Runners like them
wearing the Feathers
If they had a shifter Pad I would even wear them while riding . . .
The first thing I did when I got home was to ditch my riding boots and put on my new Unshoes
I know some of you like to wear minimalist shoes. These are very comfortable and I am loving them very much. I have been walking around BF for so long that I find it hard to keep my feet clean. These are going to help a lot
Getting the straps adjusted to the "correct" tension doesn't take long but first you have to put them through the paces, which is what I did at the first opportunity. I like them a bit on the loose side . . .