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The barefoot running trend is poised to enter the exercise mainstream. For those looking to join the movement, the Evo shoe by British company Terra Plana offers comfort and technology to enhance that complex and sensitive body part essential to running – the human foot.
It’s hard to argue with the philosophy and science behind the trend. Let’s stipulate that the power of evolution has sculpted homo sapien feet into a perfect platform for fleeing enemies, hunting prey, or dancing through a summer solstice night. If so, asks Terra Plana, why mess with success, as the stiffer platforms of traditional shoes do?
The company’s VIVOBAREFOOT line – which lays claim to being the “original” barefoot shoe – is built around preserving the sensory features of the foot and its 200,000 nerve endings. To achieve that, more thought has gone into the sole than any other feature.
The Terra Plana VIVOBAREFOOT Evo provides a thin, patented, performance-hungry layer for the bottom of your foot.
The sole is lightweight, flexible and marked with a hexagon pattern. Five of the hexagons form a red “V” on the bottom of the sole, and the same pattern makes the company’s distinctive logo.
To embrace Evo, one must put faith in three millimeters of sole material. That seems enough for the balls of your feet. But for the heels, probably not.
Terra Plana realizes buyers might need some help avoiding discomfort while learning the virtues of the product. The company even warns that uninitiated runners shouldn't grab the shoes out of the box and go full bore. A break-in period is encouraged.
David Nitkin looks to the outdoors for his endorphin fixes, and has spent his adulthood extending city roots into mountains and valleys.
A native of Boston, David's love of outdoor activities blossomed at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, where the school's unique Outing Club encourages students to leave their dorm rooms in all seasons. The college requires incoming freshmen to strap on a backpack and head into the wilderness as a bonding experience that culminates with a breakfast of green eggs and ham at the Mount Moosilauke lodge to honor renowned alumnus Ted Geisel. If that doesn't make you go green, nothing will.
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