- A route that is know to be sharply textured, especially one with sharp gravel fixed in asphalt
- Any route that is substantially unknown
- Running at night in areas that are not well lit
- After a rainstorm when there’s lots of standing water
|The Neo: A great option when barefoot isn't possible.|
So, what’s a barefoot runner to do? One great answer for me came when the folks at Terra Plana sent me a pair of their new VIVOBAREFOOT model, the Neo.
Even before you’ve finished unpacking the shoes, it’s easy to see that you’re dealing with a carefully crafted product. Like Apple, Terra Plana uses its packaging to communicate something about the company, its products, and its values. The message is simple and straightforward: We care about our products and pay attention to every detail.
And when you lace these babies up, they don’t disappoint. The Neos look great and feel even better.
Actually, I’ve reviewed Terra Plana products before and, to tell you the truth, I’ve always been keenly disappointed that the company never adopted a line from that review that I thought would have been a great slogan: A shoe doesn't have to look like a glove to fit like one. Terra Plana's inexplicable failure to recognize my copywriting prowess notwithstanding (!), that line works just as well when it comes to this shoe. My Neos fit perfectly and, unlike Vibram FiveFingers, wearers don’t need a set of instructions to put them on properly.
|Resting after a comfortable 10k race.|
Terra Plana’s previous entry into the running shoe market, the EVO, was a fine shoe but a bit on the pricey side. The Neo, on the other hand, is priced at $130.00, not far from the “sweet spot” in the still-developing market for minimalist running shoes.
Will I adopt the Neo as an everyday trainer? Probably not; I still prefer the Full (barefoot) Monty whenever possible. But on those occasions when barefoot isn’t going to work for me, these beauties could be my shoe of choice for the foreseeable future.