I am finally able to talk about this fantastic new Feelmax running shoe that I have been testing – take a look:
My eyes popped out of my head when I opened the package several weeks back. This is exactly the sort of minimalist running shoe I have been on the hunt for, and I am thrilled with how it performed. This is the most minimal running shoe I have encountered that still has traditional shoe styling without adding weight or sacrificing performance. The upper is incredibly lightweight and breathable – more breathable than the Feelmax Niesa. The shoe rides very well on the foot, and with lacing you can control the snugness.
But the fantastic improvement in this shoe is the sole. It is a fantastic balance of foot protection, flexibility, and grip. The sole is approximately as thick as the FiveFingers KSO sole, possibly a bit more. But it does not sacrifice flexibility, and even feels “softer” on the ground than FiveFingers, in a curious way. I still love my FiveFingers, but these Feelmax shoes are now a staple of my running footwear. If nothing else, it’s nice to have something still very minimal to put on when you get tired of the odd looks you get in FiveFingers, huaraches, and barefoot!
I think this is a shoe that will be incredibly appealing to Chi runners and POSE runners. If you practice one of those running styles, you need to get your hands on these. Notice these footfall prints on a recent trail run:
Take careful note of what you don’t see – any ground contact under the arch. Even though there is sole material under the arch, there is no arch support. The foot is allowed to land naturally without control or interference coming from the soling structure.
Launching to the Public
These shoes will be launched to the world next week at Outdoor Fair in Germany. So drop by the Feelmax booth and give them a look if you will be there. I’m hoping to get more details soon on US availability and/or online orderability and will certainly post that when I have it.
Thank you Feelmax for giving us this fabulous shoe!
Disclosure: I have been provided a few pairs of Feelmax shoes for testing and review purposes in exchange for my non-public feedback.