A delivery last week saw my New Year bargain hunting items arrive. Some more Inov8 minimalist training shoes. Bare-X 180 more specifically. I love these for running in, and doing any kind of general exercise. I even wear them to and from BBF, and to the office. Another benefit is that they are perfect for deadlifting as they are flat and I stay planted which is great for pushing the weight.
I started my barefoot/minimalist journey in two-fingers to the orthopaedic junior who suggested I stop doing active things! Which probably isn’t the best rationale, but hey 😉 I definitely feel it has strengthened my weaker ankle as I’ve made the muscles all work harder and over time they have strengthened. Really pleased I made the move, but it does take some transition work. Be prepared for the calves to complain, and to need to make use of a foam roller and sports massage.
If you want to check out these shoes, still at a great price, then have a look at Sportsshoes.com. Delivery times are often slow sadly, but I’ll take that for the saving. I’ve used them several times now and they are reliable. Inov8 do have a variety of Bare-X, F-Lite and other minimalist shoes but these are by far my favourite. Plenty to choose from in terms of style and colour, and with different minimalist levels as you transition. Have a browse and give it a go!
Inov8 also do great trail shoes, which I use in the fells but that’s a different post 🙂