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Barefoot, Marathon, Road Running, Trail Running

My barefoot shoe experience with Inov8 Evoksins

Well hello again.  Before reading any further – I do apologise for quality of videos – my first attempt and I promise to do better.  Will update if I can get my son to visit and help me 🙂    Also first time uploading videos onto the blog..take it as a double treat – reading about my barefoot adventures and laughing at my technology challenges!

As promised, I had ordered some Inov8’s Evoskins, which as they were made in Hong Kong, distributed from UK, and posted to little old me in Australia, well it took a few weeks.  But arrive they did.

Inov8 Evoskin- silicone product, reviews state is really sucks onto your skin, which is what I am interested in trying

Inov8 Evoskin- silicone product, reviews state is really sucks onto your skin, which is what I am interested in trying

Invo8 Evoskin:  So first off my initial thoughts “Oh?  They look so weird..”.   Now I wear a UK 4 or 5 or European 37, dependent on style of shoe as my foot is small but wide.  In the reviews people did mention they were tight, stuck to you like skin, and generally for any sporting shoe one does want a bit of movement.   The size Inov8 I ordered was the Uk4-5 (small).  The box arrived, and they look as advertised.  Surprisingly this shoe, the foot sole looks remarkably like ours – no fancy grips etc, just skin prints.

The sole of the Inov8 Evoskin .  I like how it very closely mimics the actual sole pattern of the barefoot human. (me)  The silicone should represent the elasticity of the skin.

The sole of the Inov8 Evoskin . I like how it very closely mimics the actual sole pattern of the barefoot human. (me) The silicone should represent the elasticity of the skin.

Taken with my new Iphone 6 - much better photos than the one on the iphone 4.. see the skin pattern?

Taken with my new Iphone 6 – much better photos than the one on the iphone 4.. see the skin pattern?

Once arrived I thought naturally I desperately need to give them a go.  To give a description of what they felt like while wearing them – have a look at this you tube clip !https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZaC6D7GUto

You will be pleased to know that now I am getting technology savvy I can add some more interesting bits to the blog.  This is a video of me trying them on and walking around.  To describe how it feels.   

Well firstly getting them on was interesting and as reviewed on Google, definitely a technique that you will get with practice.

  • My toes struggle to reach the Inov8 toes.  Then I realised I had two of mine in one of theirs.
  • The next challenge when I got all the little piggies correctly aligned was that my baby toe did not make it to the Inov8 baby toe.   Well looking at the shoe the toes are rather large.
  • I then found the shoe still rather wide, and too much space in my heel, but the cross over straps held well.
  • Now try and walk in them..I did this on the kitchen tiles.  Amazed as the foot sole was ‘invisible’ in connection with the floor, aside from the squeak of course, but I could feel every grout join in the tiles.  Walking down the stairs I could feel each tread edge.  Good – that is what we barefoot people want right?  Except my brain was going into meltdown – the nerve endings compute there is something attached to the foot.  The visual message says you have a bright blue thing on your foot, but the SENSORY nerves in my foot sole say “what – I cannot feel anything?”  The result was my feet actually felt OVERSENSITIVE to the ground surface with the conflicting messages.  Odd sensation, but this is the first few steps.
  • I did NOT try and run in them.  Instead I spent half an hour outside gardening with them.  After a few minutes the sole felt quite good, and they are comfy.  But a cool balmy evening around the garden and in half an hour did I have sweaty feet.  Plus my visual senses still went into a state of shock every time they saw this bright blue silicone stuck on my peripherals.
  • WHY did I NOT RUN in them?  Err.. have not yet worked up the courage to go out in daylight hours in these things..will try them under the cover of dark first.  Sorry, but vanity in this case is a must..  Secondly I am not actually sure they will hold up on the tar road just yet and I want to own them for a couple more days before they shred..

Next step was removing them.  This was a two handed affair but I was doing a video so you see the one handed attempt.  First video – how NOT to remove Inov8 Evoskins.  

This video shows the correct way to remove the Invo8 Evoskin.  

Please note in both video’s how sweaty & red my feet went and I did not even take them for a run!  So far my verdict is they take far to long to put on, far to long to take off, and at this point I think my first run will wreck them quicker than it takes to put them on and off.  I will try them in the dark on the grass or the beach and report back!

At this point the jury is still out  …

a)  Do not trust them yet for a run

b) Comfy around the house if I could slip them on easily

c) Would be fun with the kayaks.

d) My sense of style is seriously compromised, and until I am an elite athlete where I can set fashion trends, I have to keep with every tick box in my favour to look good on the road

e)  As for the separated toe issue- well my toes did not really get in there, so still no comment.

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About Dale-Lyn

Hi, I am in my mid forties and run barefoot. Mostly really barefoot, sans any form of foot protection. My claim to fame for this blog, is that I have run my first full marathon completely and really barefoot, in a respectable time of 4:16. Scroll through my posts and enjoy them - all with a good sense of humour too. My story is simply my story of running barefoot, brought about by all the various questions people ask me. I am not a specialist of any sort or any particular athlete or doctor or guru. I am an average woman who runs barefoot, enters a few club runs and a few fun runs. I run races from 5km to marathon. I love trail running, and include chats about my trail adventures. To date, although I only started running end of August 2013, I have done nearly 2000km, of that at least 1500km in barefeet. Real barefoot. No minimalist shoes. Although when I do run in shoes I use my zero drop mimimus ones (haha - they are my ONLY pair of running shoes..) The blog tells of my journey through life, on the road, barefoot. The journey my real barefeet go through when they connect with the road. The emotions my real barefeet bring out - in me, in passers by, in fellow runners. The aggressive reactions and debates as to the well being of the real bare-feet I run in. The passive acceptance of my real bare-feet and their exposure to the elements. The humour to show those real bare-feet of mine are not just a piece of running equipment, a statement, a leftie or a rightie, but real flesh and blood feet with real issues. An interesting post note..I commenced my first active run in August 2013 progressing sporadically. But it really was only from May 2014 that I started running on a consistent and slightly more serious note and slightly faster than walking pace. I am scheduled to run my Comrades Marathon in May 2015..that is a massive progression from walk/shuffle er um excuse me look at me run.. to aiming to run a World famous Ultra. Some one pinch me please!

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