It’s almost spring, and summer will be here in no time. I am looking forward to getting out and running longer and harder, but I dont want my feet to cook. In order to avoid this, you need a summer minimalist running shoe that is well-ventilated. This is why I love the Vivobarefoot Stealth II.
Ultimate Summer Minimalist Running Shoe
The Vivobarefoot Stealth II is a zero-drop, road running shoe that is made for long distance running. So, if you are looking for a marathon shoe, the Stealth II is what you want to check out and try for the summer because it’s v-mesh upper makes it so breathable, it feels great on your feet when everything else is scorching in the heat.
The V-road rubber outside and upper is paper thin –very light materials — and the inner-lining is seamless, so you can wear the shoe sockless without getting any skin irritations. The rubber outsole is 3 mm thin and can handle any road. If it rains, don’t worry, because the shoe provides pretty good grip on slippery surfaces –the tread pattern actually makes the outsole slip-resistant, so you can run worry-free in the rain.
The biggest bonus of the Stealth II is that increases sensory input on the feet, which promotes better neuromuscular awareness, helping you keep your balance and posture composition for successful performance in running.
I love that the shoe weighs only 7 oz –it’s so light that you can barely feel anything on your feet. It’s smart to run in a lighter shoe because it allows more energy to be saved during the swing phase of running gait.
The shoe comes with a removable insole, so if you prefer a little more cushioning for your long ride, you can leave it in; if you prefer to feel the ground, you can take it out and get more connected to the earth and improve your body’s proprioceptive system.
Don’t forget to check out my other reviews on barefoot-inspired running shoes for forefoot running.
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BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.