We’re on Luxist.com again. The article, Can ‘Barefoot’ Shoes Help You Get In Better Shape?, features the Evo.
Here’s what they said about the Evo and their coaching session with out barefoot expert Lee Saxby.
“Last year, I wrote about the barefoot running trend for the New York Times, so when Terra Plana recently invited to me to try out their new minimalist running shoe with a renowned running coach, I was eager to give it a try. I’ve always been a somewhat reluctant runner, so this, I thought, might give me a boost to get in shape for summer.
Terra Plana, run by Galahad Clark, a seventh generation shoe maker (his family owns the footwear giant Clarks), has been one of the biggest proponents of the move toward stripped-down runningshoes that mimic a barefoot feel but provide protection from city streets. In March, the company debuted its first performance running shoe, the Evo ($160). it has a super-thin rubber sole (4 millimeters, compared to an inch or more for a conventional padded running shoe) and weighs just eight ounces.
When I arrived at Chelsea Piers, I was greeted by Lee Saxby, a biomechanics expert and level four Pose Method trainer. Lee had me run on a treadmill in my owns sneaks (a pair of Nike Frees, which have less padding than many running shoes) and videotaped it. I was “sticky,” not “bouncy,” he told me. And although I would have sworn I was a mid-foot striker, the evidence was there in gory slow motion… my heel striking the ground first — a big no-no in barefoot running. “Unless you grew up in a barefoot culture, you have to learn how to run,” Lee explained. Running shoes with big, cushy heels have trained us to take big strides and land on our heels, an unnatural gait that barefoot advocates say can cause injury. The foot is perfectly engineered to run, but encased in modern footwear, our feet have gotten lazy.
Lee explained that good running form is all about alignment, and that many of us who tend to sit atcomputers all day long get locked into bad patterns. “Sitting posture is the devil’s work,” he said (don’t I know that!). He showed me some exercises to do, like squatting jumps with a body bar held over my head, to counteract the sitting posture and retrain my body. Then it was back on the treadmill, this time in a black-and-red pair of Terra Plana Evo’s. Slipping them on, I was struck by the tactile sensation of the ground beneath my feet – just a thin strip of rubber between us. On the treadmill, my form naturally adjusted, helped along by some prodding and pointers from Lee. I could feel my feet flex and push off the treadmill. Playing back the video, we saw that I was landing on the balls of my feet now, and my body was more in alignment. I was even, dare I say it, bouncy.
I left armed with exercises and newfound determination to give minimal running a serious try. After all, summer is just around the corner.”
Here’s what Tip Top Shoes said about the Terra Plana, VivoBarefoot and the Evo:
The Evo, available for men& women is designed to be the ultimate minimalist running shoe. 100% Vegan the sneaker features a TPU Cage with breathable mesh and lightweight micro fiber reinforcements for maximum breathability and support while only weighing in at 7 ounces.The updated slim line VivoBarefoot shape and new ultra thin (4mm) soft rubber sole give maximum barefoot performance and response.The Evo is like running barefoot, but a little bit better.More info on the next page. View our selection of VivoBarefoot by TerraPlana here.
VivoBarefoot, launched in 2003, is the original barefoot shoe collection with a patented ultra thin puncture resistant sole that allows your feet to be as millions of years of evolutionary design intended – Barefoot!The Evo is part of this back-to-basics design based on the simple principle that being barefoot is the healthiest way for you and your feet to be. Please Note: The Evo is running true to size for women with size 8 or smaller feet. If you have size 9 or larger you need to order up at least +1. Size 9 Order a 40. Size 9.5 Order a 41. Size 10 Order a 42 (Yes a 42). Weight measurements are taken from a single shoe, size 38. With the insole it weighs 7 ounces, without the insole it weighs 6.25 ounces.
Check out this review from the Running and Rambling blog. It’s a very thorough review which explores all the details of the Evo.
According the the article on Style.com the Evo is: “like running Barefoot, but better.”
The author had had a session with our barefoot coach Lee Saxby. Here’s a few interesting points they made:
“‘We were built to run barefoot,’ Saxby told me”
“The primitive approach to running, as it happens, is catching on. It started with a paper from Harvard professorDaniel Lieberman that explored the mechanics of different kinds of foot strikes in runners, ultimately suggesting that barefoot running reduces the impact on feet, thus leading to less injury.”
“Most runners have a tendency to land hard on their heels-which are typically cushioned by souped-up shoes designed to absorb the impact.”
“When you run barefoot, on the other hand, your tendency is to land on the balls of your feet, which minimizes the shock waves from the ground resonating through the rest of your body.”
Read the full article on Style.com here.
Check out the Evo in Health and Fitness Magazine.
Here’s what they said about the Evo:
“…the new VivoBarefoot Evo running shoes from Terra Plana, £100. Available in yellow, pink, blue and black, the Evo is the ultimate back-to-basics running shoe. With a 4mm puncture-proof sole and lightweight, ergonomic design, this is the closest you’ll get to running barefoot, as nature intended. They’re even suitable for marathons because they allow your feet to flex and move naturally while being supported by durable micro-fibre uppers. Find out more at www.terraplana.com”
Run 4 Women dot com recently wrote an in-depth review of the Evo, our running specific shoe using VivoBarefoot technology.
Here’s the final part of the review:
CUSHIONING – The only cushioning on these shoes is around the ankle, which is really all you would expect from this sort of shoe. Score: 3/5
COMFORT – They were surprisingly comfortable, although a little tight around the ankle. I very quickly got used to wearing these shoes. My feet did however ache the next day!Score 4/5
GRIP – They have excellent grip on all surfaces. Score 5/5
STABILITY – They were really very supportive, something I was not expecting. Most of the support does come from around your ankle, as your toes are really free. There is a small amount of arch support, not enough for me to run over about 5 miles. Score 4/5
OVERALL – I really love these shoes. They make my Nike Frees feel like a very supportive shoe! I love the feel of freedom that my toes have and can see that I will wear them for most of my 3-5 mile runs. Your feet do need time to adjust to wearing them as they really are very different. At first I couldn’t imagine running in them, now I happily wear them for short distances but will stick to my ‘normal’ shoe for longer runs.Score: 4/5
Read the full review on run4women.com