Saturday, May 14, 2011

Adidas Barefoot Running Shoes

Thin and flexible soles. Negligible toe spring. Minimal forefoot-heel height difference (close to zero drop). Breathable upper mesh. These are the qualities of the Fluid Tech Trainer Shoes. Is Adidas taking a stab at the minimalist craze?
Only one problem though. The toe box.  As they say a "picture is worth a thousand words"

The toe box is not wide enough to allow toe splay which is an important element in barefoot running. Another weird thing about this shoe is the height, the toe box is somewhat tapered. I can already imagine my big toes complaining.  Not unless you need to get a size (or two) bigger than you usually get

If I was part of their design department, I'd follow what they did with the Adizero Avanti.  As you can see, the toe box height feels just right

Fluid Tech Trainer (SRP: $85)
Featuring a unique midsole-outsole design that moves more naturally with every movement of your foot, the adidas FLUID TECH TRAINER shoes have a breezy one-piece mesh upper and a moulded EVA sockliner so workouts are more comfortable and easy on the feet
* One-piece engineered mesh upper for optimum breathability and comfort
* Perforated forefoot for breathability and foot climate
* Moulded EVA sockliner for comfort
* FLUID TRAINER tooling follows the foot's natural movement pattern for maximum flexibility and long-lasting comfort
* Non-marking gum rubber for traction on all

(bare feet image taken from "fake hurts real" ad)


David F :) said...

Where can I get these in Australia?

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