Comment from: Jon Ford [Visitor]
Jon Ford

Any idea if they will be suitable for TRX work when doing plank-based exercises with the feet in the straps? The only time I wear a pair of traditional shoes (i.e. a three-year-old pair of built-up-heel Asics) is when I am doing TRX. (VFFs aren't built up enough for my heels to stay in the straps, and doubling up the handles is unreliable.)

12/26/12 @ 11:45
Comment from: ugo [Visitor]  
ugo

Interesting for the price...do you have other suggestion of minimal shoes with reasonnable price?

Thanks

12/26/12 @ 13:56
Comment from: Shannon [Visitor]
Shannon

Some people in my tai chi class wear these shoes, and at first I thought they were awesome, until I realized how narrow they are. If the definition of a minimalist shoe includes a wide toe box with room for the toes to splay naturally, then I'd say these are disqualified. They'll probably work for people with extremely narrow feet, but in my opinion they aren't much different from Keds.

12/26/12 @ 15:23
Comment from: Nate [Visitor]
Nate

i've been eyeballing these shoes for over a year now. with the end of healing from my fibula fracture in sight i can't wait to go 100% back to minimalist running again! broke it april of 2011, and now dealing with only minor ligament, muscular, and range of motion discomfort. before i would run in vff's, and straight barefoot in north carolina where the sand is more forgiving than the rocky trails of southern arizona. lately i've been switching between nike lunarglide 2 and new ballance 110 (recommended by anton krupicka - that dude's a mountain running beast!!!!), which work great on the south arizona mountain trails!!! lunarglides i only use on mostly flat roads as they tend to roll a little on me, which isn't good for my kind of injury. keep the reviews coming!!!! love your reviews!

12/26/12 @ 16:59
Comment from: Nate [Visitor]
Nate

most of the martial artists in china use these strictly. i watched videos of them training which included miles and miles of running, up hill, up stairs, everywhere. looks like these might be better than going with some chucks...

12/26/12 @ 17:00
Comment from: Steve [Visitor]
Steve

Just bought one pair of this shoes.

Everybody was Kung Fu runner
Those runs were fast as lightning...

12/27/12 @ 05:46
Comment from: greg [Member]  

@Jon Ford - Your question had me surfing around the web for a good long while. I haven't done TRX work myself, so any response I give will necessarily be somewhat inadequate. From my experience with the Feiyues, FiveFingers, and what I can glean about TRX I would say that they'd do better than FiveFingers but potentially not as good as your old built-up Asics. But again, they're quite cheap so you won't take much of a hit if you're willing to give it a try.

@ugo - So far Feiyues have been my favorite cheap minimalist-ish shoes. I'm constantly on the lookout for others in the same category though. If I find more, I'll post a review!

@Shannon - They are quite narrow, and you're definitely right about them limiting toe splay as a result. But I'd still recommend these over Keds by a long shot.

@Nate - I was curious about the NB 110s, myself. Hopefully I'll get a chance to review their severe-weather version of that shoe -- the MT-110 boot -- in the near future. Keep your eyes peeled! Oh and the Feiyues are definitely better than Chucks by a long shot -- at least as far as running is concerned. But again I'd tack on the warning that they're narrow and the toe box doesn't allow for as much splay as one may want.

@Steve - Now I've got that song stuck in my head...

12/27/12 @ 19:49
Comment from: mike dicarlo [Visitor]
mike dicarlo

thanks for the review! its funny because i just stumbled upon these on amazon the other night while i was searching for vivo's and was thinking about ordering some as the thicker sole seemed like it might be a little warmer than my vivos which cause my feet to freeze when walking on the snow and ice we have here at the moment in upstate NY.

01/02/13 @ 16:07
Comment from: Steve [Visitor]
Steve

Just receive my kung fu shoes. They feel almost as sames as my Altra instinct,but with a narrow toes box. Very good shoes for someone wants to know what is the meanning of minimalist running , but doesn't want to spend to much money for his first minimalist undervour.

01/02/13 @ 22:55
Comment from: Nelson [Visitor]
Nelson

Grabbed a pair of 'Top One' FeiYues from a local martial arts supplier

Haven't tried running in them yet but compared to my minimalist shoes, they're heavier and have a taller stack (guessing >= 15mm). Width is good, but the toe box..

01/04/13 @ 03:45
Comment from: Claude [Visitor]  
Claude

Wow Greg, What a great Tip;thank you. I bought a pair and they are a great (and cheap) running shoe alternative. I found the inside pad very smooth BTW and was surprised at the flexibility and lightness. I usually wear a size 9EE in New BAlance minimalist road 10's so I ordered a 43 which honestly is a little too large (1/2 inch gap in the heel). Ordered two more pair in a 42. Width didn't seem to be a problem They also came with a nice storage tie bag.

01/04/13 @ 09:10
Comment from: Paul [Visitor]  
Paul

A lot of people are saying that Feiyue have a narrow toe box. The French versions do and a lot of knock offs do too, along with strange curves on the outer edge. Original genuine Top One Feiyue have an extremely generous toe box and zero heel to toe drop (someone is saying that it's 15mm which is completely wrong).
I'm a martial artist and I've been trail running and training in nothing but these for over 10 years and have covered thousands of miles in all conditions and they are without doubt the best all around shoe there is but it is essential that you get yours from a reputable supplier who can guarantee that they are genuine Top Ones.
A lot of retailers actually think they are selling the real thing but are in fact themselves being ripped off. Even if you go to Zhengzhou or Dengfeng you will find yourself being sold fakes even by people you would think should know better.
You will soon tell anyway if you buy fakes because they will fall apart quickly. Often the lace eyelets will come off in a matter of days and the soles will wear down smooth and crack in a few weeks. A real pair will last a long long time even if severely abused. I run 5-10 miles every single day on rough trails and train outside for at least 2 hours every day no matter what the conditions. I run in snow and through winter mud - whatever nature can throw at me. I keep 2 pairs on the go at any time in case one gets soaked or covered in mud and needs to dry out. They never last less than 6 months and I've had pairs last me over a year. As proof there is no way that the average pro Chinese martial arts athlete could afford to change their shoes too often even at the dirt cheap price you can get them in China. 10s of thousands of martial arts students in China at wushu schools use them and those guys are training 8-10 hours a day in these shoes and they last months.
I don't think there is a high end running shoe that could beat that or challenge the versatility.

05/23/13 @ 09:31
Comment from: Pierre-Alexandre [Visitor]  
Pierre-Alexandre

I've used them a lot in the past, both when I lived in New York and when I lived in Taipei. They're great, except for the toe box being indeed too small. My little toes rubbed holes through the canvas before the sole gave out. That's the only reason I'm no longer wearing them, in spite of the fact they're otherwise very versatile (I used them as martial arts, running, and casual shoes).

09/14/15 @ 16:51