You can’t beat running in barefoot-style shoes for developing technique on the road. In spite of this, I think that most minimalist converts would agree that it’s nice to have a little bit of cushioning and my Vivobarefoots are starting to get tatty so I decided to give the Inov-8 Road-X-Treme 138 a try.
The 138’s have all of the main features of a barefoot-style shoe (wide-ish toe box, excellent ground feel and omm drop) whilst providing a little bit of midsole and a racing-flat feel.
It’s quite remarkable how the feel of the shoes can be changed by removing the insole. When you wear them with socks and the insole installed, they feel more like a racing-flat but without either of them they feel significantly firmer and more spacious around the toes.
The Road-X-Treme 138 provides all of the benefits of a barefoot-style shoe whilst being more usable in the real world. Now that I’ve been wearing them for a few weeks, I feel like it would be almost masochistic to revert to a more minimal shoe and this probably explains why Inov-8 have dropped the ultra minimal, Bare-X Lite from their 2014 range. It’s a slightly clichéd thing to say but you really do forget that they are on your feet and the balance between firm cushioning and ground-feel is perfectly judged.
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