I recently got a chance to try out the Zemgear Ninja shoes. I’ve worn them quite a bit, but haven’t exercised in them much since they are only for use indoors and on soft surfaces. I don’t exercise indoors much during the summer and one would never call the streets by my house a “soft surface”.
|Aren’t they cute? My kids think they are hilarious.|
I’ve run on the treadmill once with them and they were great. Very comfy and nice traction. I’ve also used them when I was lifting weights at my parents’ house. I wasn’t fond of them on the elliptical, but that was because I always end up with my toes against the front of the step when I use it. In normal shoes, this isn’t a problem, but in these I felt like my toes were getting smooshed up against the step. I bet these shoes would be awesome for yoga. Assuming, of course, that I did yoga more than once a year…
Overall, I think these are an awesome minimalist option. I love the spit toe. I have really odd toes, so sometimes my Vibrams don’t feel comfortable. The single section for four toes in these takes care of that issue.
Zemgear recently came out with a version that can be worn outside. I’m actually quite excited about that and plan to try them out. I have trouble getting my funny toes in my VFFs while wearing socks, so I’m hoping the new 360s will offer me a good option for the Philadelphia Half Marathon in November.
Anyone else tried these “shoes”? What did you think?
Disclaimer: Zemgear allowed me to try these for free. All opinions are my own.
15 thoughts on “Zemgear Ninja minimalist shoe review”
Nice camel toe. :p
wow, those shoes look pretty interesting! Way to sport the minimalist. I often wonder when I'll get sucked into buying something similar.Have a great day! -Jen
Those shoe look pretty different. What are the 360's you are talking about?
okay, i've got to admit, they look like the beginnings of a halloween costume for some dr suess inspired character.
@Lisa, OMG, they totally look like some sort of Suessian cow creature. But you know, whatever works! If they are comfortable, rock 'em!
Why are you wearing lobster claws on your feet?
Never heard of those before! Very interesting concept/design. I like the idea of a treadmill shoe, though, since BF kind of get ripped to shreds on it.
Ewwwwwwwwwwww. The cool kids aren't wearing those….. HA
OMG, i have never EVER seen those. i really did LOL when i saw those. camel toe anyone? they look comfy though.
I have the EXACT same issue on the elliptical not matter what shoes I wear.
omg they are kinda funny looking. totally agree with lisa about the halloween costume or dr suess character thing BUT the concept is good and if they are comfy who cares what you look like around your house ;o)
Now THAT is a camel toe if I've ever seen one!
I've never seen those before! I can't wear Vibrams because my toes are more than funny – they are webbed (one day I'll post pictures) – maybe these are the minimalist shoes for me to try!
They look like they could also be useful for picking up toys like tongs!
I like the Japanese tabi boot style but they really look like camel toe 🙂