Inov-8 'Evoskin'

The new Inov-8 Evoskin shoes may look like the wildly popular Vibram FiveFingers barefoot-style running shoes. They may borrow some of the same design philosophies as Vibram’s FiveFingers. But, hey, didn’t Vibram mimic and borrow when it first built its foot-hugging shoes a few years back? Oh right, anatomy! The human foot. Vibram borrowed from the human foot, and Inov-8 Ltd. borrowed from Vibram. Or, maybe a designer at Inov-8 skipped that step and simply took off his or her own shoes and bent down for an inspection.

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Inov-8 Ltd. Evoskin shoes

Whatever the exact origin, the to-be-released Evoskin foot coverings (can you quite really call them “shoes”) will undoubtedly draw attention from Vibram fanatics and there will be many comparisons made to the FiveFingers line. But Inov-8 is taking a slightly different tack. Its foot-shape shoe is a simple mold of silicone with five toe pockets and a heel. They weigh a scant 3.5 ounces per foot. The company (www.inov-8.com) says the Evoskins are made to give a “freedom that was previously the reserve of barefoot purists.”

Indeed, there is only a single layer of silicone between your foot and the ground, and the Evoskin shoes are said to behave like a second skin. The material protects the foot to an extent, though you can stub a toe hard still through the thin material in front. You can feel pebbles through the material underfoot. Further, there is no support at all with these shoes — your anatomy is made to absorb each step, and that’s the whole purpose, in fact.

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Evoskins are made of silicone

Inov-8 recommends integrating the Evoskins into a training regimen to aid in strengthening the feet. The company further promises “gecko-like grip” when the silicone skins are used during water sports. The Evoskins will be for sale in February, 2011 for about $65 per pair.

—Stephen Regenold

Posted by T.C. Worley - 10/14/2010 06:42 PM

Dishwasher safe then?

Posted by KM - 10/15/2010 11:41 AM

Yes they are dishwasher safe!

Posted by Phocion Timon - 10/15/2010 11:50 AM

Man, I bet one’s feet will sweat like a politician being forced to tell the truth.

Posted by Phocion Timon - 10/15/2010 11:53 AM

Are the straps inside the shoe? That will raise a blister.

Posted by KVad - 10/15/2010 11:58 AM

I don’t think the “straps” are inside or outside, I think they are all part of the same piece of silicone.

Posted by Nick - 10/15/2010 12:00 PM

I’ve been rocking Inov-8’s 312 GTX for a while and it is a solid shoe that definitely encourages a barefoot running style. The Evoskin sounds like a good water shoe or for grass but I’m guessing there are not a lot of debris free areas I would be able to get much other use out of them. My worry would be object piercing them and thus my foot. Not sure how much it would help but I wonder what some Kevlar sandwiched into the underfoot would do. Nice idea and the price isn’t horrible. Other thought would be breathability and moisture inside the shoe.

Posted by Will - 10/15/2010 12:18 PM

why not sell buckets of liquid silicone to dip your feet into and let dry. Dip, let dry, repeat as necessary for thicker shoes.

Posted by Cissie Quinn - 10/15/2010 06:07 PM

these look like adult jelly shoes

Posted by gary - 10/15/2010 07:35 PM

It would be good if someone made people aware that it truly was not Vibram who developed the 5 Fingers concept. It was some bright and innovative people at Lizard, just north of Montebelluna, Italy. Vibram had Lizard make them a few pair just as a promotional give-away/spoof before they knew how lucky their timing was.

Posted by Zephyr - 10/24/2010 07:15 PM

@gary,
What about episode “God Shoes” in the episode No. 113 of “Married… with Children”? “God Shoes” 1st aired on Nov 3, 1991. Those shoes did had 5 toe pockets as well and they were shaped like a foot. These shoes were actually built for that episode. Al Bundy (Ed O’Neill) is wearing them or holding with his hands in a number of scenes.

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