Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to run in the nude?
Well, short of doing a streak around your local neighborhood, the best thing you could do is to try running in a pair of these;
We give you the New Balance M730V3 Flexonic Running Shoe.
Ok, so this not quite the same as doing the Emperor’s New Clothes around the block, but at least these may feel the same as running barefoot. In a good way, of course.
That’s because there’s something very minimal about the design of these shoes. If you examine them closely, they have far less bulk than the average pair of sneakers or running shoes do.
There is something considerably less heavy looking about them. With a 4mm drop they are much closer to the ground than some other models and the seamless ‘no sew’ construction means there aren’t any prominent joints and seams sticking out.
They seem like a plimsoll more than a running shoe, but rest assured, you can most certainly run in these.
Boasting an incredibly lightweight construction, these nymphs weigh in at under 8 ounces – you really might feel as if you have forgotten to put any shoes on!
In terms of color – well these have a little more glitz than the previous pair of New Balance’s (M720v4)
These are available in the oddly named Pacific/ Toxic, these are a bright shade of blue with a loud shade of yellow. They look kind of jazzy.
Other colors include black and a shade of blue that is a little more muted, called Sonar. Lastly there is a gray shade Steel/Red, which is gray laced with red.
In terms of construction, these don’t have those heavy, hard plastic logos on the heel that some sneakers do. In fact, the heels on these are actually made from a lightweight and stretchy sort of neoprene material. This means they slip on like a light elasticized slipper and don’t have that heaviness that a lot of running shoes do, especially on the heel.
These are available from at least a size 7 to a 14 and have a choice of two widths, normal and wide fitting. They also come in a half size.
73% of people who have tried these on reckon they fit just great and that their usual size is good to go.
A significant minority report that they are a little bit small – but not really more than by a half size.
One reason for this might be the fact that although they are not designed to be worn barefoot, we reckon you might get away with it.
So, if you want to wear socks, then maybe size up, but otherwise – you should be fine if you want to run ‘nude’ in these!
Good news here is that because these are so lightweight, it really is like running with no shoes on and if you’re not careful, you might have trouble telling when you’ve got them on and when you haven’t!
We haven’t had any special reports or information about these shoes to convince us that they are custom built for specific foot problems. But we have heard that people with neutral pronation or maybe just minor issues, have got on with them just fine.
Particularly popular is the nice, stretchy neoprene heel and general upper material. This makes it less rigid and prone to chafing than some of the other, firmer running shoes to have on.
It is also better if you have opted to dispense with socks and run barefoot in these.
One comment mentioned the mesh upper, being a lower part of this construction than the neoprene. This is not in itself a problem, but it may make your foot sweat just a little more than it perhaps would do if it were a mainly mesh material. But then this is just another good reason to run without socks on!
Because these are such a light pair of shoes, we wouldn’t necessarily be recommending them for heavy duty use. This does not mean that you cannot run a long way in them. Just that you might want to make sure that there won’t be any rough terrain.
This is because the soles, whilst perfectly adequate and well cushioned, do not have highly advanced grips on them, to deal with lots of slippery conditions.
It is unlikely that these would withstand very wet or very bumpy roads and would probably not be our first choice for a boggy cross country run.
However, if you have got a nice clean, dry track or road, then these are in their element.
They would also make an excellent gym shoe for treadmill running or other exercise activity.
Lastly, if you never want to run a single step in them, they make fully functioning sneakers for every day wear.
People who are on their feet all day, perhaps in nursing or healthcare occupations, have attested that these are just perfect for their long shifts.
Depending on the color you pick and which size you take, these could be a reasonably priced pair of running shoes – or they could be a tiny bit more expensive.
Either way, they are a mid priced running shoe which seem to last the distance.
Although we wouldn’t be expecting to put these Flexonic running shoes through an overly punishing schedule, because of their lightweight construction, it seems as if these are really pretty durable overall.
We have not heard any reports of them splitting or ripping, despite their lightweight frame.
All in all, if you are in the market for something nice and light, that you can slip on and then feel as if you are running on air – then this would be your choice.
These feel so much like running barefoot you might get used to the feeling of nothing on your feet. Just make sure you don’t get carried away with the nude feel and forget to get dressed altogether!