New and still searching for the perfect shoe
Came across the barefoot thingy while researching ultra-light travelling. Can't decide which shoe would be best suited...
still looking for the perfect shoe, suitable for running, bushwalks, beach, Indian holiday and European winter.
A rather narrow foot, too...
Hello Cewin, do you want only one type of minimalist shoes? European winter and a holiday in India in one shoe. That's going to be difficult. Can you be more precise about temperatures, weather etc? And in which part of Europe do you live?
I would advise trailrunners. Like the New Balance Minimus or the Merrel Trail glove. If you want to cross rivers the shoes should dry fast. The Merrel Trail gloves do not really dry that fast actually, though they are great shoes. I don't know this about the NB Minimus.
You could also try the Vibram Fivefingers. The KSO model could be nice.
And on beaches... ...of coarse barefoot.
I don't think there is only one type of shoe that you should need. Maybe for people who live in an area where the climate doesn't change during the year.
What size are your feet? I am a 43 (US 9.5 men)... if you are that size, I may have something that I could sell you for a low price...
Sandals are actually the most versatile. When it is cold, you add wool socks. When it is hot you wear them barefoot. If they fit well, you can hike on mountain trails or walk in cities and be comfortable. If you really want minimalist ones, the Lunas with the fancy cordovan leather will probably last and look the best. If you don't care whether they are minimalist, something like Chacos last forever or there are some sandal-makers out there that make high-quality leather sandals that don't have that sport sandal appearance.