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I just got some of these to try and start running without socks to speed up my transition times. They are perfectly smooth on the inside with no seams, so hopefully that will help no getting blisters. I'll report back up with my findings.


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I like the thin soles. I hear less cushion is now the way to go.

I need new running shoes, I'll take a look at these.

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I can hook you up with these too if you want them. They only weigh 9 ounces too, so pretty light. I am still running with the NB 890s which are 12 ounces, so these should make a difference and get closer to barefoot running. They also have drain holes on the bottom for longer distances or races where you are getting soaked with water.
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I can hook you up with these too if you want them. They only weigh 9 ounces too, so pretty light. I am still running with the NB 890s which are 12 ounces, so these should make a difference and get closer to barefoot running. They also have drain holes on the bottom for longer distances or races where you are getting soaked with water.
I was just going to suggest running barefoot one time during your weekly runs to build you feet and ankles up; run on the grass first.
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I like the zoot line. I run sockless for anything 10k and under. After that, I like the comfort of socks. I don't use socks cycling either for sprints and oly's. For HIM the extra 5 seconds it takes me to put on socks in T1 is worth it to me.

When I started I just went sockless for my some short runs the first week 3-4 miles. I did end up going sockless for some medium runs 6-8 miles in week two. However, these were easy runs. When i did intervals or tempo runs that long without socks it was blister city. I got one small blister but ran through it and it never came back. I've been doing it for almost a year now and could probably do long and interval runs sockless at this point. I just choose not too.

Btw.....almost all running shoes are ok to go sockless with. Some are better designed for it though like you're seamless inside PI's and my the zoot shoes. Our shoes also have the added bonus of the drainage which is really nice in tri's and when you run in the rain.

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I'm gonna give it a shot and see what happens. I know the pros do it, so it must be possible.
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I'm gonna give it a shot and see what happens. I know the pros do it, so it must be possible.
Yup. It's definitely something that's personal preference on this one. I wouldn't sweat it if you don't like it though. You can always pit up with it for shorter races. Longer ones transition times matter less so it's no biggy to fall back to using socks for those.

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I'm no running expert at all, but they look pretty cool like they all do. One thing I can advise, is to work yourself into lighter shoes slowly and not jump into a light barefoot type running shoe from a thicker sole heavy shoe. My original shoes I started running in were around 16 ounces or more, then I tried the lighter 890s at 12 ounces I think, after a few years of plodding along. Now the shoes I just ran in a half hour ago pictured above are 9 ounces, and you definitely feel it.

They feel very light, as if you are barefoot, but with something on the bottom of your feet for rocks and shit. I know my running style has changed quite a bit, and if I tried running in these a few years ago I would be hurtin'. I used to run like a runningback, all muscle, strong leg strides, and serious impact on the pavement. I am now trying to increase my cadence and run lighter on my feet. It is definitely working based on my pace so far, and I can run longer distances like that too.

I guess what I'm trying to say, is to experiment a little with new shoes when you need them, and go in with the expectation of tossing a hundo out the window if you don't like them. If you think you can assess if you like them pretty quickly, hit a running store and they will let you try them on and run on a 'mill with them to get an idea of how they feel. And then buy them from them! Support your dealers!

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Here is my take on these shoes for the first run. I did 3 miles at a pretty stiff pace for me. (7:09 @ 163 AVG HR) I love these. I felt barefoot, without actually feeling the pebbles and crap in the pavement. I tried running without socks too, which I've never done. First 2 miles were great, last mile I sprouted two big ass blisters on the back of my heels. That's gonna leave a mark.

I felt fast and light, which gave me more confidence and desire to run fast. These will be my new short distance running shoes for sure. Longer than 3 miles right now I will use the 890s with socks until I get tougher heels.
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Yep. They are fairly new to the shoe market I think. I had a pair of their older shoes I didn't like, but they were pretty heavy and not really made for running. These I like, and made for triathlons, so they are perfect for me.
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These are my latest zoots, the Ovwa. I'm still getting used to these. There a little more nominalistic than I'm used to. But the are light. They quit making the zoot ultra kane, which I LOVED!, so I had to try something new.

These are incredible for sockless wear. They are light and fast weighing in at 7.6oz. Not as much cushion as I'm used to but I'm getting used to that. Quick entry, and factory speed laces are really nice features. The lower back is nicer than the older zoot shoes that tended to give people blisters in the back of the heel.

I've had 3 pairs of zoot ultra kanes this year that I wore out. Loved those shoes but it's time to move on.
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I got my kid some too, and she loves them.
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I'm am guessing these type of shoes will suck for those of us that have "flatter" feet and tend to pronate.
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Not sure really. I am neutral, so I've been told, whatever that means.
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Been running with them since the beginning of June. Have logged roughly 150 miles in them since.

They took about a week to get used to running in them. That is because you are landing on your forefoot/midfoot. This puts a lot of stress on the arches of your feet, ankles, and lower part of your calves. Muscles you aren't used to using so they will be sore as a motherfucker and you won't be able to walk right for at least a few days.

Once you get used to them and running like that, you won't ever go back to a regular running shoe or running with the classic heel strike. But they are not for everybody.

They are also designed to be worn without socks. I thought it was silly not to wear socks with them until I forgot to bring a pair after our morning swim at the lake so I was forced to run without them. Since then I've been running in them without socks. I actually like it better that way.

I'm also an over-pronater. Landing on your forefoot lessens the pronation. So if you pronate, it would be a good idea to try these.

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Been running with them since the beginning of June. Have logged roughly 150 miles in them since.

They took about a week to get used to running in them. That is because you are landing on your forefoot/midfoot. This puts a lot of stress on the arches of your feet, ankles, and lower part of your calves. Muscles you aren't used to using so they will be sore as a motherfucker and you won't be able to walk right for at least a few days.

Once you get used to them and running like that, you won't ever go back to a regular running shoe or running with the classic heel strike. But they are not for everybody.

They are also designed to be worn without socks. I thought it was silly not to wear socks with them until I forgot to bring a pair after our morning swim at the lake so I was forced to run without them. Since then I've been running in them without socks. I actually like it better that way.

I'm also an over-pronater. Landing on your forefoot lessens the pronation. So if you pronate, it would be a good idea to try these.
Interesting...Do you have normal arches or low?
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Maybe I'll try some of these shoes in the future.
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