If you are a road runner of any distance looking for minimalist running shoes that deliver a soft, smooth, more plush ride, the TadeEVO‘s will surely provide the comfy ride you seek! Despite the pillowy-soft underfoot-feel, the TadeEVO still produces strong barefoot-effects and ground-feedback that will definitely excite the minimalist crowd as the shoe’s ergonomic fit and feel encourages a more barefoot-like running stride, resulting in less overloading on the ankle, knees and hips as compared with heel strike running.
What makes the TadeEVO’s so effective as a minimalist running shoe is that the shoe helps build stronger, more enduring feet by giving your feet freedom to move more functionally. This allows your foot muscles to work independently, encouraging more active efforts of the feet during walking, running and hiking, making foot strength development more fast-evolving.
Just as equally important, the TadeEVOs thin sole delivers barefoot-sensations at the feet, making you more aware of your forefoot strike, helping you move away from unbalanced, mechanically reckless running to helping you adapt a forefoot strike running style that’s effective and protective, especially on the knees! In all these ways, the TadeEVO can help you go even further in your training and may lead to more positive outcomes in injury prevention.
TadeEVO Minimalist Running Shoes Review for Forefoot Running
In addition to looking good as a casual shoe, lets take a closer inspection at the essential features and functional benefits of the TadeEVOs that make it possible for you to run your best!
The TadeEVO’s look like they’re made with heavy overlays, but the upper is anything but bulky! For a low-weight, foot-conforming fit, the upper consists of a breathable, lightweight, moderately thin, but dense, soft closed-mesh with some soft, high-quality velour leather framing for a little extra protection and gives the shoe more sturdy structure.
TadeEVO has pretty much received universal praise for its softness and bendiness, especially the upper. The upper materials are softer and flexy than the average minimalist running shoe, enabling the shoe to move more perfectly with your foot.
The TadeEVO’s upper is an excellent mix of softness, airiness, protection and functionality as the entire upper flexes in any direction your foot wants to move, making the shoe ideal for agility and speed workouts, and overall results in a more stable ride.
Despite its thinness and airiness, the TadeEVO’s upper does an admirable job at keeping the feet warm in cold temperatures and will surely provide the warm ride you seek in dry, wintry weather! I’ve ran the TadeEVO’s in heavy, loosely packed snow and in minor slush, and surprisingly, the closed-mesh upper kept out the snow!
The entire shoe feels pretty thermal-protective because my feet were kept warm when I dashed through the snow! I’m also pleased with how well the upper stopped snow entering from the top of the sock! The upper its quite the protective umbrella with its sturdy materials that keeps the feet toasty, while perfectly allowing the feet to flex and expand as needed.
How does the TadeEVO feel inside? Like a soft pillow! The TadeEVO provides a distinct underfoot cushy-softness that you don’t get in most minimalist running shoes. With that said, if you are looking for a softer, smoother, more plush ride for the roads, the TadeEVO fits the bill.
The shoe delivers plenty of ground-feedback and a strong sensory basis that activates your reflexive senses, giving you more protective means to prevent costly mechanical mistakes during running. In that regard, the TadeEVO is an excellent candidate for runners looking to correct their running form using underfoot sensory support, but don’t want to run barefoot. The TadeEVO is certainly an excellent alternative to barefoot running because the shoe naturally encourages a fast, efficient forefoot strike running stride while providing adequate protection.
In addition to feeling feathery (weighing between 5.9 oz to 6.3 oz), inside the TadeEVO gives a slipper-like soft feel thanks to the lining that’s constructed with few inseams to minimize blisters. The TadeEVO feels even more comfortable when paired with thin or thick socks, especially in cold weather! The laces are feather-light, too and simple and does a great job at securely holding the foot in place inside the shoe, preventing in-shoe sliding when you run fast or cut sharp angles.
The TadeEVO’s outsole is zero-drop, giving a close-to-the-ground ride and provides a soft underfoot-hugging-fit that’s completely flexible throughout! I was struck by how incredibly soft the sole feels, yet it impressively mimics the effects of being barefoot and is durable to handle running long distances on the pavement.
The TadeEVO is well-suited for the streets as the sole’s softness and durability helps smooth out the roughness feeling of harsh, beat up, cracked roads.
As for traction, the TadeEVO puts enough rubber in contact with the ground to firmly grip snowy surfaces.
The TadeEVO’s simple-looking outsole definitely acts more rugged than it looks! The soft rubber actually offers robust protection and traction to navigate on tricky terrain, keeping your footsteps strong and sturdy on an even keel when running in the snow. Even more impressive, the sole is an effective layer that provides thermal protection when running in wintry weather, too!
Ultimately, by combining reliable traction, good ground-feel and moderate thermal protection, the TadeEVO is quite the capable winter minimalist running shoe that provides a stable landing surface, helping prevent your forefoot strike from getting sloppy when running in sloppy conditions!
I can honestly say that the TadeEVO is a solid execution of a true minimalist running shoe because it encompasses all the essential features that makes a minimalist shoe great for improving running stride effectiveness and efficiency.
I love that the TadeEVO’s design is completely forefoot strike-embracing during running. Its zero heel-to-toe drop won’t interfere with your forefoot strike running mechanics and redoubles your balance control, so that you can roll along more injury-free!
In my opinion, one of the TadeEVO’s most prized assets, aside from providing good ground-feel, is its overall ergonomic geometry which fully ensures the freedom of movement that switches on the foot’s muscles more fully, helping speed things forward in getting your feet stronger in a more functional capacity.
It’s for all these reasons that I recommend the TadeEVO minimalist running shoes for runners looking to ease barefoot running into their routine to develop a more prefect forefoot strike as the shoe encourages you to default to a forefoot strike landing, helping limit impact on the shins, knees and hips. The TadeEVOs are also ideal for the barefooter who wants to wear shoes now and then as the TadeEVOs can help you stay on the course that you’ve begun with barefooting in keeping your feet strong, making your feet a stronger source of stability.
If you’ve enjoyed this review, you’ll love my other minimalist shoe reviews here! You can also catch me on my YouTube channel here, where I talk about the health and performance benefits of barefoot running and I showcase more minimalist running shoes best-suited 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.