I hate shoes. I know, it’s a very much against the stero-type for a woman to hate shoes, but I do. I drive barefoot if I can, and hike and run barefoot if at all possible. Thing about that, though…it’s not particularly safe. While I may feel more comfortable with the grit of the pavement or bumpiness of the grass and gravel under my feet, it really sucks to run across a jagged rock or piece of glass. Really, really sucks.
So, I’ve spent the past year hunting for minimalist shoes and just wasn’t thrilled with the selection. I love to run, but I wanted everyday wear. I also didn’t want to spend an entire utility bill on a simple foot covering, and I really didn’t want to pay over $100 for a product made of questionable materials. Not that they would do me harm, but I try not to contribute to the mass of non-recyclable content on this planet. Try. I don’t always succeed. I was determined to succeed this time.
Then, I accidentally ran across Kigo Footwear online. Holy smokes – they’re cute, eco-friendly, AND super thin?! I fell in love, immediately. Not only do they make cute, eco-friendly minimalist shoes, but the company itself is dedicated to ‘ecological accountability‘. Kigo sent me a pair of the Flits to try out, and I wore them for a great majority of my vacation in Savannah last week. I did buy a couple pair of the cotton no-show socks to help with sweating (it was 90 degrees, and we don’t have AC in the Jeep) and new-shoe adjustment (my feet really, really hate shoes), but I adore these shoes. My wore them kayaking and could easily curl and stretch my feet when needed, and they dried very quickly. I wore them out walking and running, and I could feel the surface of the ground covering under my toes. I was so happy, I squealed. Loudly. It was obnoxious and VagabondHusband pretended he didn’t know me.
Now, if you are interested in a pair of Kigos, you are absolutely in luck! Kigo is running an awesomely creative deal! Check it out:
What do you think of barefoot running shoes? Which pair of Kigos would you like to buy?