When it comes to improving your running form, gaining better proprioception and strengthening your flat feet, minimalist running sandals are the next best thing to the Vibram FiveFingers. The Vivobarefoot Achilles Sandal is like modern Huarache Running Sandals with its 3mm flexible rubber outsole that allows you to run with barefoot running simulation and forefoot strike precision.
Modern Huarache Running Sandals – Vivobarefoot Achilles Sandal
The Achilles Running Sandals are zero-drop and are very specialized in structure such that the split-toed toe-box provides better control and balance for downhill running. I also like that the Achilles Sandal has straps instead of laces. I feel that the straps add more durability to the sandal.
Other notable features of the Achilles Running Sandal for forefoot running:
- as close you can possibly come to being barefoot
- 3mm puncture-resistant outsole, giving maximum proprioception and protection when you are forefoot running
- wide foot-bed
- no instep
- great for summer running
- durable for all terrain, especially for trails
- 100% vegan
- despite thin sole, you can barely feel sharp pebbles
- ideal for obstacle races because the sandals do not trap in water, mud or dirt
- good traction
- fully adjustable, removable nylon strap provides comfort based on your personal fit or use preference
- great for running on grass
- can be worn with or without toe socks
The greater the proprioception on the plantar surface, the better a runner is able to correct foot strike mechanics. Because of their barefoot-like feel, the Vivobarefoot Achilles Running Sandal has clinical relevance because they increase proprioception which strongly affects lower extremity joint function.
Like all pure minimalist running shoes, the Achilles Running Sandal enhances neural communication between the feet and brain, improving unconscious decisions about where you want to strike the ground on your foot.
Be sure to check out my other reviews on barefoot-inspired minimalist 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.