InvisibleShoes.com brings to you the Huaraches Running Sandals, a lightweight, flexible, comfortable pair of sandals which are designed to give you that barefoot feeling on your runs, anywhere outdoors, or in your house!
Barefoot Running And Invisible Shoes
Many people describe how barefoot running has improved their running, healed old injuries, strengthened their feet and legs, turned flat feet into feet with arches, and much more. One big worry about barefoot running is all the stuff on the ground that can hurt and cut your feet. That’s why you’ll need a pair of Invisible Shoes. The company InvisibleShoes was founded by Steven Sashen, who is a member of the Boulder Barefoot Running Club. He made his own huaraches first, which became popular. When he started making it for others, InvisibleShoes was born.
Barefoot Running Sandals from InvisibleShoe.com
What Are Invisible Shoes?
In his book, Chris McDougall describes huaraches, the running sandals of the Tarahumara Indians: a strip of rubber from an old tire and some string or lace to hold it on. Invisible Shoes are a hi-tech update of huaraches. They’re lightweight — 3.4 ounces in a men’s size 9 — comfortable and flexible. If you like the feeling of being barefoot, you’ll love wearing Invisible Shoes.
Initial Impressions From Our Editor
I have been running in Adidas Supernova’s for the last few years. Decently cushioned, felt good and snug, but I have had a fair share of injuries as well. Most of those injuries happened all of a sudden, mostly when trying to push myself at a fast pace, and somehow got this into my head that any attempt at trying to improve on my speed will likely lead to an injury, most of the time calf or ankle, which took anywhere between a week to three to get over with. It is now a well known statistic, more costly a shoe, the more artificial support it provides, higher the chances of injuries. So, this opportunity to test out a pair of huaraches seemed really god sent.
My first day in a pair of Huaraches was really fun. I had planned it as a regular 10K training run, done over my favorite route, which was doing loops around a park near my place. The road is asphalt, flat and has little traffic. I was a bit apprehensive, since barefoot running is still not that common around here, and I was expecting strange looks and all. Of course, the pair of huaraches were nothing out of the world looking, they are reasonably good looking sandals, and the surprise element for most folks would be to see a runner not in the regular running shoes. This I expect would be quite unlike seeing someone in a Vibram Five Fingers which to me automatically qualifies you to a “just returned from Jupiter” tag from the folks on the road.
As I started with my run, I found myself gradually easing into my normal stride. I had thought before that running in sandals would really take some time getting used to, but I was really surprised how easily my legs were getting into this new thing. I ran with caution initially, trying to move my legs in a relaxed manner, as I would being completely barefoot. Soon, I found myself running at my normal training pace and without any extra effort. Before the run, I had this expectation that running in these sandals without all the cushioning and support would turn out to be a more tiring experience, but that was not true at all. I found myself running with ease, and enjoying my run. I think I found this 10K run shorter than most of my other 10K runs since my mind was in the zone enjoying this new found natural experience.
There were some trouble spots. The smallest of pebbles, those incredibly small ones, they managed to sneak in between the sandals and the sole of my foot, and once they get there, they kind of get trapped. After a bit of wandering around they do manage to find their way out usually in about 10-15 seconds, but there were some who were a bit more inquisitive, and I had to stop and dig them out. Not too much hassle, but I thought I should mention this. This happened 3-4 times in the 10K run.
I was expecting the sandals to flap around a bit and make some noise, which they did, but on the smallest of scales. Nothing too noticeable, and after a while you just get used to it. Also, since the sandals are thin, and you can actually feel the road, running over any bigger pebbles was like running over them barefoot, your foot immediately reacted to them to being in a defensive position. So, these sandals keep you alert on the road and aware of your terrain, while avoiding the injuries which can come running completely barefoot.
Another thing which I was particularly concerned about before the run were the strings which go from between your toes to the side of the foot. I thought that the biggest problem could come from them as a result of all the continuous movement and rubbing against the foot. Surprisingly, they felt very comfortable throughout and did not cause any trouble.
The 10K run ended with me being really sold on the barefoot concept. I felt that this might just be the thing which may prevent injuries, make the run more fun, and turn out to be money saver as well! Still early days, will give these much more time in the days to come, and come back with more updates soon.
Invisible Shoes Vs Other Shoes
Regular running shoes should be replaced every 300-500 miles. One save thousands by wearing Invisible Shoes(backed by 5,000 mile warranty). Comparing Invisible Shoes to other “barefoot” shoes, where these are clearly closer to barefoot and at a fraction of the cost. Over 12,000 people, ages 5-88, in over 62 countries use Invisible Shoes for everything from walking, to hiking, to working out, to hitting the beach, running, and even tackling 100-mile ultramarathons.
Make Your Own Invisible Shoes
You can make your own Invisible Shoes with the kit provided by the company or get a custom made pair. There are two different thickness of soles on offer – 4mm thick Connect — the closest thing to barefoot and 6mm thick Contact — still a great barefoot feel, but with more protection. You can pick one of 9 colors of laces, any lacing style and also personalize your Invisible Shoes with pendants, charms and beads.
- Custom-made Invisible Shoes : $39.95 – $44.95
- 4mm Connect Kit : $19.95 – $24.95
- 6mm Contact Kit : Only $24.95 – $29.95
- Invisible Shoes Classic DIY Kit : $16.95 – $27.95
Low cost, long lasting, and comfortable natural wear, what more can we ask for? We highly recommend the Barefoot Running Sandals from InvisibleShoes.com to our readers after trying these out. Visit the product store on Invisible Shoes website to buy a pair!