- Light Wool and polyester material all around the foot
- Megagrip Vibram Rubber
- Machine Wash Cold / Air Dry
- M Select DRY seals out water and lets moisture escape so you stay dry when you're on the move
- Performance suede leather and mesh upper
- Bellows, closed-cell foam tongue keeps moisture and debris out
- Merrell M Select FIT.ECO+ blended EVA contoured footbed with added zonal arch and heel support
- A wide toe box lets your toes spread and relax.
- Produced using animal free products and processes.
- Removable sockliner (insole) if you want a “more barefoot” feeling.
- True rubber sole provides great protection while still getting the ground feedback.
Barefoot Hiking Shoes
Barefoot Hiking Shoes have recently become a huge trend in the outdoor sports industry. What does this mean for the consumer? It means you can get a comfortable pair of shoes that are not only fashionable but also support your feet while you are out hiking or performing other physical activities outdoors. The barefoot movement was born out of the early 1990's movement when people started realizing that many traditional athletic shoes actually damaged their feet after just a few minutes of use. As a result, many athletes and other sports enthusiasts have been embracing the barefoot lifestyle and barefoot shoes.
There are many different types of barefoot shoes, but the two main categories are men's and women's. Men's barefoot shoes are designed specifically to be worn by men. Women's shoes are generally lighter weight and more comfortable. The most popular barefoot hiking shoes by far are the men's versions. In no specific order, here are the top minimalist hiking boots that all buyers should review:
The Men's Speedcross 4 Trail running Shoe is constructed from a combination of polyurethane and lightweight materials. The Speedcross boots are lightweight and have a tongue that will not dig into your foot during intense hiking activities. Because these shoes are constructed of synthetics, they will last for many years and won't develop any odors. The speedcross shoes also have a wide width and length so they can accommodate a wide range of feet.
Another feature of the Barefoot Hiking Shoes that make them different from other hiking boots is that they have full waterproofing. This allows the feet to remain warm in extremely cold weather. These shoes also have an adjustable insole that includes a built in air space for ventilation. To keep your feet warm, simply add on some air socks. The air space also provides protection against water.
The Vibram High-quality hiking boots are made with advanced technology and modern materials. Like all Vibram shoes, these come in a variety of sizes and colors. There are some models that include a pre-attached leather shank, but most of the models do not. It's really hard to tell the difference between a pair of Vibram hiking shoes and a pair of standard tennis shoes. While both of them provide solid support and comfort, the soles on the high-quality shoes are more flexible than the ones on the standard Vibram soles.
Barefoot Hiking Shoes are also available in two primary categories called Barefoot Hi and Barefoot Magma. The Barefoot Hi is much like the traditional Vibram shoe, but the company has improved on the composition of the upper. The new Magma upper material is said to be even more flexible than the Vibram uppers, which are composed mainly of fibers from wool. The barefoot Hi is also heavier than many other Vibram shoes, though it does feel lighter overall. Both of these shoes have a closed toe construction and both come with a rubber midsole as well as a tread pattern.
A third option in this high-quality footwear is the My hike Plus. This lightweight hiking shoe is also designed to be light-weight and waterproof. However, like the Vibram, My Hike Plus has a full-grain leather upper as well as mesh accents. This lightweight option is great for those who enjoy hiking, because it makes the hiking experience more enjoyable without adding to their weight.
Barefoot Hiking Shoes weigh about 17 ounces (including the nylon sock liner). Of course, the materials and composition of each individual pair vary, but all share the company's commitment to high-quality footwear that is as lightweight and durable as possible. These shoes weigh almost one pound, which is just on the lower end of the scale when you are talking about a sports shoe. However, those looking for an excellent alternative to other lightweight hiking shoes will definitely want to consider these shoes. They have all of the features that one would want in a top boot, including sturdy construction, good cushioning, and an adjustable heel.