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These (Sockwa) shoes/sock things solved all of my problems with the Vibram Sprints and the Minimus trails. They are the most comfortable shoe I have ever worn, hands down. They feel like your wearing a sock. They have the best grip in the water I have ever seen due to their plastic sole (more on that later). They are zero drop, with the sole being just 1.2 millimeters thick everywhere. Not 12, 1.2! And they are the lightest shoe I have ever seen or worn, my size 11’s weighing only 3.5 ounces.

Perhaps the most interesting feature about these little slippers is the sole, which is not made of rubber but a plastic called TPU. TPU has better grip on wet surfaces, and is more durable than rubber. I can personally vouch for the durability; I have run 520 miles In them and I still have all the treads, even though the entire shoe stack height is only 1.2 mm thick.

They are $50 bucks at Sockwa.com, which may sound steep, but I’m getting as much use out of them as I would with normal shoes. When buying remember to buy a full to half size larger than your typical shoe size, but the size isn’t a big deal because they fit just like a sock.

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Sockwa | G2 Review | Sockwa - A Minimalist Shoe Mini-Review

  1. 1. home origins dig in» barefoot/minimalist shoes | forum | guides | stories toe shoes? about storeSockwas - a Minimalist Shoe Mini-Review By BdayShoes on Mar 16, 2012 | In Barefoot Shoes | 17 comments » 5-toed fives barefoot stickers ($5 gets 2 stix mailed to you, but more info, options here) subscribe! email address Subscribers 6,911 « upcoming fivefingers »Guest post by JamesI was inspired to become a barefoot runner after reading Born to Run, and started looking for “barefoot”shoes. My first pair of minimalist/barefoot shoes were Vibram Sprints.I liked the FiveFingers Sprints but ... 1. They were uncomfortable due to inside stitching and the toe things not fitting well 2. They became REALLY stinky REALLY fast, even if it wasn’t hot outside 3. They had no treads at all, and I would slip in them all the time, on terrain that I had better grip on while barefoot « recent vibram reviews »So I bought a pair of New Balance Minimus Trails. These shoes solved all of the abovementioned problems Ihad with the Sprints, but created new ones ... 1. The 4mm heel to toe ratio was a big problem, messing up my barefoot stride big time. Who knew 4 millimeters could be so evil? « recent shoe reviews » 2. The extra weight was a problem too. Again, who knew just 7.1 oz could be so heavy on your feet?And NOW we get to the point of the whole shindig: the Sockwa G2. « more » Adidas » Altra » Bedrock Sandals » BodyGlove » Fila Skeletoes » Invisible Shoes » Leming »These shoe/sock things solved all of my problems with the Vibram Sprints and the Minimus trails. They are the Luna Sandals » Merrell Barefoot » NB Minimusmost comfortable shoe I have ever worn, hands down. They feel like your wearing a sock. They have the best » Skechers » Skora » Soft Star Shoes » Truegrip in the water I have ever seen due to their plastic sole (more on that later). They are zero drop, with the Linkswear » Unshoes » Vibram FiveFingers »sole being just 1.2 millimeters thick everywhere. Not 12, 1.2! And they are the lightest shoe I have ever seen or Vivo Barefootworn, my size 11’s weighing only 3.5 ounces.
  2. 2. Perhaps the most interesting feature about these little slippers is the sole, which is not made of rubber but aplastic called TPU. TPU has better grip on wet surfaces, and is more durable than rubber. I can personallyvouch for the durability; I have run 520 miles In them and I still have all the treads, even though the entire shoestack height is only 1.2 mm thick.They are $50 bucks at Sockwa.com, which may sound steep, but I’m getting as much use out of them as Iwould with normal shoes. When buying remember to buy a full to half size larger than your typical shoe size,but the size isn’t a big deal because they fit just like a sock. About the Author — BdayShoes is the "guest blogger" everyman (or woman!) of BirthdayShoes.com. Periodically, we feature original posts from non-regular writers on the blog here. Those posts get published under this user! If youre interested in contributing a one-off post to BirthdayShoes, contact us! BdayShoes has written 20 articles and 0 comments.Tags: review, sockwa face us on likebookrelated posts you might like ... Birthday Shoes - Sockwa G2 Long Term Review Vibram FiveFingers KSO Trek Unboxed [First Look!] Vibram Five Fingers Vibram Five Fingers Smackdown, Classics vs. Bikilas [Review] and Minimalist Footwear Fan Site on Facebook Like wait! before you go — 2 6,629 people like Birthday Shoes - Vibram Five Fingers and Minimalist Find Vibram Five Fingers in stock via the store. Footwear Fan Site. Subscribe by email and get your weekly BirthdayShoes fix plus news alerts OR subscribe by RSS ! 35 New to VFFs? Read the Vibram Five Fingers beginners guide! Talk to over a 2,000 Vibram Five Fingers fans on the forums! Like Betsy Alasdair Wilma Christina 6 Birthday Shoes on Follow Tweet Keith David Tieums Giovanni +1,051 Facebook social plugin where to buy « Aguias Spartan 1 Review Icebreaker Clothing for Minimalist Runners »17 commentsComment from: ryan [Visitor] Reminds me of the Moc3, but more simplistic. five fingers in stock now! 10/04/2012 - Theyre here! Fall 2013 FIVEFINGERS - Water-Resistant03/16/12 @ 09:38 LONTRA & SPEED XC and laced SeeYa LS 08/17/2012 - $50 for SeeYasComment from: Steve [Visitor] FiveFingers? You got it. Plus all the big Awesome! How do they smell? minimalist/barefoot shoe brands on clearance (Vibram, Merrell, New Balance, VivoBarefoot) 08/03/2012 - hey its Friday, so why not hook up 20-50% OFF VivoBarefoots (+Free Shipping)--Plus03/16/12 @ 09:38 a pair of Bikila FiveFingers for < $50? more alerts! get alerts in your inbox: subscribe!Comment from: JackEoh [Visitor] What about toe spread? Im always wary of shoes described as like a sock. I want my toes to be able to spread without any restriction!03/16/12 @ 09:59
  3. 3. Comment from: Juggling Mike [Visitor] over 50,000 downloads and How are they holding up to wear and tear? In one picture, it looks like the right foots rubber sole counting ... is coming off the sock portion where the toes are. Otherwise, they actually look pretty cool.03/16/12 @ 09:59Comment from: Danny [Visitor] The only thing that I hate about these shoes is the giant logo on the side. I hate feeling like I am the [beginners guide] to Vibram Five Fingers a freaking bill board advertising my shoes. And I especially hate doing this when I pay premium shoes!! for the shoes.03/16/12 @ 10:02Comment from: Aaron R [Visitor] Another reviewer found these to be too tight. Obviously, you like the fit. What is the upper material like? Thanks for the review.03/16/12 @ 10:11Comment from: Brett [Visitor] thought I would check them out, they looked like they would be pretty good on the website, but apparently you have to be a leprechaun to be able to wear these. I checked their website, biggest size available was an 11, which in normal sizes would be more like a 10. Considering the most common shoe size in the US is an 11, you would think they would at least go up to size 12.03/16/12 @ 15:33Comment from: James [Visitor] Ok Im probably not doing this right, but lets see if I can answer everyones questions in one giant post: 1. Smell...well, not quite as bad as the vibrams, but now that its warming up here (SC) they are a little ripe. You can wash them though.2.Your toes can spread great-this coming from someone who prefers to run with no shoes. The material (Ithink its neoprene) hugs your foot all over but its really stretchy, so no toe splay ruination going on.3. They are holding up quite well considering 1. They now have almost 800 miles on them and look about thesame as in these photos and 2. I accidentley put them in the dryer with the heat on, which your not supposedto do and which I suppose weakened the glue holding the sole on.4. And that is why I chose black. :). Its not nearly as bad as other colors, and hey, we can walk in "frogshoes" without any qualms, right?5. Do I win a prize for the longest post EVER!?!?03/16/12 @ 18:11Comment from: David Zasloff [Visitor] I love reading reviews of our product, in this case, specifically the G2. Regarding the toes splaying and whether its important or not? YES it is important, and yes, your toes can splay out in our G2. We use a super, uber thin TPU sole and a stretchy upper that allows the toes and the feet to remain the shape they are and instead make the shoe the shape of YOUR foot.You can tell by the picture of James feet above that the Sock with Attitude, Sockwa, conforms to your feet.The result is a barefoot feel. So expect to feel pebbles and temperature change. Just avoid the huge acornsand watch where you walk.Thanks for everyones input.David ZasloffSockwaFounder03/16/12 @ 19:22Comment from: Milla [Visitor] @David Zasloff Im interested in these shoes, there is any way to feel them on my feet here in Italy?
  4. 4. 03/17/12 @ 15:24Comment from: Vitor [Visitor] I really liked them, very sober and no frills. Make a size 14 and you will have my money.03/18/12 @ 04:35Comment from: John Ohh [Visitor] I went through the almost identical process as the author. From the book to Vibrams (no Minimus Trails) to Socwa. And have come out with same result. I have a pair overly expensive Vibrams sitting in my closet and a pair of Socwas on my feet each day I run the wet, rough back roads of South West Ireland. I did have a sizing issue with my initial purchase (and was my own fault). Which was personallysorted out by David Zasolf at Socwas expense, without delay or complaint. Now thats just good business,married to a good product. They (business and product) certainly have my vote. And will be buying again formy self and family.03/18/12 @ 17:36Comment from: Chris [Visitor] I wanted to love these (super light, great ground feel), but I have wide feet so the sizing didnt work. I ordered a size 10, but the toe box was too narrow and the length was too long. Im probably Sockwa size 11 in width and a size 9 in length.For reference, I fit Vibram KomodoSport LS in W42 and New Balance 2E tennis shoes (although New Balance4E hikers were too narrow for me).03/20/12 @ 16:42Comment from: Fran [Visitor] Thanks for the review. These shoes look awesome, and I will definitely try a pair. I love the website, and the price point for these shoes are unbeatable. I joined the minimalist shoe culture last summer, and my entry level show were the Vibram Bikilas. Those now feel to stiff and rigid for my tastes. Im currently wearing Soft Star Run Amocks and Moc3 for my walking and running. The quality on Soft Star shoes is amazing, unlikethe Vibrams which I found tend to wear quicker. If the Sockwas are anything like the Soft Star, and theyseems to be so and more, then I should be a pretty happy camper.03/21/12 @ 11:22Comment from: Benry [Visitor] I love the design on these and would love to buy a pair. My only problem is wide feet, which seems like it might be a hinderance. Does anyone know how the shoes are in that dimension?04/13/12 @ 20:52Comment from: Robert [Member] @Benny I have pretty wide feet. I am currently working on a review of the Sockwa. Personally, I find them to be very narrow. I dont recommend them if you have wide feet. They can feel very constricting along the sides of the shoe near the pinky and big toes.04/15/12 @ 02:47Comment from: Patrick [Visitor] Hi, thanks for the review. Its definitely helping steer me in the direction of the Sockwas for my cold running shoes. I own a pair of original suede RunAmocs, but now that I try to do a majority of my road running barefoot even those seem clunky to me now. But alas, I still need a little something for the mornings when the pavement is chilled here in Colorado, and one of these super thin sock-style shoes seems right for me. For 520 miles, your pair still looks great. I do have a few questions, though: Do you have any concerns about the uppers? It looks like theyrestarting to come apart on the right shoe/sock (but again, its hard to knock it when theyve lasted more than500 miles!). Do they get hot inside? Do your feet ever slide around in them? Thanks for any help with thesequestions.
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