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.