Vibram’s Five Finger shoes have exploded in popularity in the last few years. Hit the gym, or the trail and you’ll see what we mean. A drawback of those particular shoes, though, is cramming your feet into each toe hole. While not impossible to do, and surely something you’ll become acclimated too over time, it will never be as simple as strapping on a pair of normal lace ups. And that’s why we like the ZEMGEAR Men’s 360 Ninja Split shoes.
The total weight of each of these shoes is just 2.5oz each – compare that to Vibram’s offering which start at 5.6oz. But from the sounds of it they haven’t skimped on protection, as they are equipped with a pliable but abrasion robust phylon outsole, which they say is ideal for almost any training environment. To boot, the slip or interior of the shoe will mold to your individual foot shape in about 5-15 minutes of use and the material, which is further supported by a set of “tech bands”, is completely breathable. And in case you haven’t noticed, the tip is split and rounded with the hopes of allowing your toes to articulate and flex without restraint.
You can grab a pair via Amazon or direct from their site for $60. They recommend that you order a half size up from your normal shoe size.
Note: they also make a rounded toe version and a less robust model. Bother start at $35.