It’s all about the perfect fit. We all hope that one pair or one brand of barefoot running shoes has all the features we would like our running shoes to have, if we are lucky enough. Sometimes, you really can’t have it all, so we try to patronize certain shoe brands depending on its main purpose.
Sockwa shoes claim to have the thinnest sole in the market, thus its slogan “allows you to actually feel the ground”. Sockwa shoes make use of its ultra-thin sole technology and the stretchable and form fitting uppers that give the user more connection to the ground.
On the other hand, Kigo banks on its durable, stylish and minimalist footwears that will appeal to users who want their shoes to be multi-purpose – meaning good for athletics and everyday use.
Sockwa shoes are really comfortable provided that the user gets into the right size. The sole and the upper are made of stretchable materials that allow freedom of toe movements. It is elastic, so it does not restrict your toes to be just boxed in, which of course also contributes to better blood circulation. The seams are neatly sewn together that you sometimes forget they exist.
Kigo has basically two models, Star and Shel. Star is specifically designed for women while Shel is intended for unisex use. The concern about Shel is its slimness which might tend to get uncomfortable especially if you were a man with wide feet. Women should have no problem with this as they are more than likely to have narrower feet. It’s a good thing that the upper of Shel stretches over time, thus decreasing the discomfort. However, you might still feel the narrowness if you had wider feet.
The Barefoot Feel
In terms of feeling the surface you walk in, Sockwa socks are the closest that you can get to walking barefoot.
With Sockwa shoes, the user can actually feel every little humps and bumps, with the benefit of having yourself protected from the really hard and sharp objects.
Although Kigos are not as thin as Sockwa shoes, they too can give you enough feel of the ground so as to be considered a good barefoot and minimalist shoe. It is also light enough for everyday use.
The kind of materials that Sockwa shoes are made of may restrict it from lasting that long especially if the shoes are used for extremely rough surfaces over long periods of time. These shoes are not really for hardcore outdoor adventures. Sockwa shoes are basically beach shoes thus they are ideal for sandy surfaces.
In contrast, durability is one of the strengths of Kigo Shoes. The shoes are made to endure strenuous activities such as skiing, hiking and similar activities. Rest assured that the shoes will take its user to the long haul.
Price according to the Sockwa website is pegged at US$20, which is a real value for your money, as long as you know the limitations of the shoes and use them accordingly.
Kigo Shoes are sold at US$50. It may be more than twice the cost of Sockwa but given that it is expected to outlast many difficult climbs and treks, it sure is well worth the extra cost.
There you go. Remember, that getting the maximum benefit out of your minimalist shoes is knowing how it’s going to be used and getting the one that would best respond to your needs. May you have many more hours of barefoot walking, running and adventuring with your choice of barefoot shoes!