Today we are giving you an up close first look at Jinga Shoes’ Original minimalist shoe. Jinga sent us a pair all the way over from Brazil (where they are made) for us to take a look at and share with you guys. I didn’t know what to expect, but so far I’ve been happily surprised.
To get right to the shoe take a look at our unboxing video below.
I really didn’t know that much about Jinga until recently. A few of our readers had mentioned them to us so we decided to take a closer look. There are a lot of things which make Jinga Shoes very different from your typical shoe manufacturer. Here are the highlights:
- Started out as a dance and Capoeira (Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, sports, and music) shoe
- Completely sourced and made in Brazil
- They are 100% Vegan (means no animal products used in construction)
- They have over 8 different varieties of vibrant colors (the review shoe I got is the Men’s Jinga Navy Yellow and White)
- 25% of Jinga’s net income is donated to Brazilian charities
I only have positive things to say about these shoes from first glance. Aside from the box which got banged around in shipping the construction seems top notch with no visible defects. The materials and presentation is also very nice. When you hold them in your hand it oozes quality.
I put them on to see how they felt and it’s all good in that department as well. There is really no heel (so close to zero heel drop) so the shoe is flat. The sole also is pretty thin so when you walk over different surfaces you’ll feel all the nooks and crannies. I don’t think it’s as minimal as the Vibram FiveFingers classic, but it’s close.
In addition the shoe seems very breathable and light. For exercising and running this will definitely be a good thing. All in all, I’m impressed. Can’t wait to get some serious runs in these shoes to see how hey hold up.
In case you wanted to know, even though Jinga Shoes are made in Brazil they do ship internationally (in case you wanted to buy a pair)…so if you like what you see it’s probably worth checking out the Jinga Store to learn more.