There have been other barefoot, low heal, toe gripping soles that have come, gone and/or stayed (like the vibram 5 finger that gets way more credit than it deserves or that I'll ever give it). But the Nike Free has stuck around.
I've regularly worn Chuck Taylor's, Sperry's, and sandals as well. Love them all.
That's actually not even 1/2 of my collection....what can I say, I like shoes.
So it pains me to say this........but I believe my 2 newest footwear purchases take the top.
The New Balance Minimus may be the best thing I've ever put on my feet. To be honest I'd rather go barefoot almost all the time. H/e:
A) our feet weren't designed for concrete and other hard surfaces
B) it's not exactly safe or hygenic (arguable, but I'm not going in a hospital w/o shoes)
C) footwear is fashionable
Pre New Balance Minimus : My shoes were off at the moments notice that I didnt' need them.
Post New Balance Minimus : I could care less when they come off. I'm sitting here writting this w/ them on as we speak. 6 months ago that would've been unheard of.
There's still enough support to make it a good fit for the surfaces I spend the majority of my time on each day but I can feel the ground as I walk as well. They are great.
And then there are the Toms.
Not only is this a great idea. Whether it's genuine or just a marketing campaign I don't really give a shit, it does something great for KIDs that have nothing.
The guy that started the company gives one pair to a child in need for every pair that is purchased. So each time you buy a pair you're actually donating another pair to a child inneed.
Besides that, I know you'd like some ninja shoes to wear around, they are awesome.
Not to mention the comfortability, low heal, and lack of padding underneath to promote proper foot striking.
I'm very happy I tried a pair on and now I know what I'll be getting everyone for christmas this year. Yeah, I'm one of those people that gives the same gift to multiple people. It works for me.