Early on in the year I’ve contemplated on replacing my Vibram Five Fingers and recently the retail therapy bug has bit me once again so I made the trip down to the local shoe shop and got me a pair of Inov-8 Road-X lite 155

They only come in bright yellow, which I don’t really mind that much. In fact I kinda like the bright color. One of the main reasons I wanted to have a more ‘traditional’ shoe was because I injured my ankle slightly a couple of weeks back (not a fault of the shoe mind you) and I wanted something with a little bit more support than the full barefoot experience of the Vibram Five Fingers. While not fully a barefoot shoe, this one has a very minimalist approach in its design. Our workout included running, box jumps and some deadlifts and I did notice that running and box jumping were definitely more enjoyable in the shoes. I may need some getting used to lifting with them on a pure strength session but overall I think they do just fine. Either way I can always go barefoot if I need more contact with the ground for really heavy lifts.

The other reasons for replacing the Vibram Five Fingers was that it was kinda getting smelly, although I did buy some Injinji toe socks so I might still wear them occasionally without having to worry about getting smelly feet. Plus they’re somewhat becoming a fad now, and I’m a hipster so they’re no longer cool for me. So I’m going for Inov-8s which are now the cool thing… so I’m no longer the hipster… (I’m not making sense am I)


Do I Replace My Vibram Five Fingers?

I’ve had them for almost 2 years now, and took me a while before I got my hands on them (3 countries in fact). While I’ve always worn them and like them quite a lot, I don’t really swear by them and recommend them to everyone I meet and ask me.

Recently, folks at Crossfit London UK have been sporting new Inov-8’s. Socs tried out a pair and looking at possibly replacing her well used Onitsukas, I’ve also recently heard that there is now a Crossfit specific Inov-8 available so I started considering replacing my Vibrams. Not that it needs replacing, but I’ve seen some wear and tear on it and should the need arise I wanted to be prepared.

I’ve had my fair share of workout shoes which includes the Merrel Waterpro Maipo and a cheap ass (think 3rd world fake imitiation) Converse Chuck Taylors so I’ve kind of narrowed down my options.

1. Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66

2. Inov-8 Bare-XF 210

3. Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars High Cut (3rd world fake)


I’m not really into the whole science behind the shoes, I just want one that is light, solid and sturdy enough to survive whatever is thrown at it (sounds like a Crossfit shoe doesn’t it?). Let me know what you think.