Comment from: John [Visitor]
John

These are a cool idea. I like that they have 15s like the Life but it looks like they have the same narrow toe box. The grey part almost looks a little furry, like a fleece. It seems like it could be quite durable, though. I would guess perhaps water resistant, too.

10/26/11 @ 11:23
Comment from: T [Visitor]
T

The "not foot shaped" toe box and the toe spring are a no-go for me. I like my toes to not be squished together and to touch the ground when I stand.

10/26/11 @ 12:32
Comment from: dirk verelst [Visitor]
dirk verelst

Injinji, too, has opted for the 'ecological' solution of using plastic bottles for their fabric. Alhough this might seem a good idea, from a health standpoint it is not. I'm eagerly waiting for the day when people/clothing manufacturers will realize what people wear has a profound effect on their health. Many an unsolved health problem would diminish from using only natural substances in clothing/footwear. Sorry for this little rant might seem overdone, but I've been gravely ill for a year before discovering changing footwear made my complaints completely disappear.

10/26/11 @ 14:55
Comment from: admin [Member]  

Dirk,

Yeah this is something I've been pondering, too; I wonder what the impact of putting plastic so near the skin might be on health in the long run. I doubt that everyone is similarly adversely affected but it's certainly a question worth asking and investigating. Thanks for bringing it up!

@T,

Not sure I'd go so far as to say it's not foot shaped -- the Minimus Life sole is fairly narrow at the heel and wide at the forefoot. It's not as wide as VIVO BAREFOOTs, but it's certainly wider than a typical pair of NBs.

10/26/11 @ 15:10
Comment from: Brett [Visitor]
Brett

Amazon has your colorway:
http://www.amazon.com/New-Balance-Mens-Newsky-Wellness/dp/B004WJAVMM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1319665762&sr=8-2

10/26/11 @ 17:50
Comment from: Brett [Visitor]
Brett

Also, do you have any idea how they handle getting wet?

10/26/11 @ 17:57
Comment from: guest [Visitor]
guest

just wondering, how would the proximity of plastic to one's foot be harmful for health? i'm not dismissing your claim, as i really don't know anything about the subject, but some evidence or experience would be illuminating. thanks

10/27/11 @ 02:32
Comment from: zizzy [Visitor]
zizzy

I really agree with dirk verelst's comments. Using recycled plastic for outerwear (raincoats, soles etc.) is probably safe, but constant skin contact with recycled plastic (like wearing these shoes without socks) probably isn't that good for you. Just look at all of the information that has come out recently about exposure to BPA's from water bottles and the effect that has on people's health! Whenever possible, I prefer leather, cotton, wool and linen in my clothing and footwear (love Soft Star shoes for this reason!)or blends of those materials with synthetics like polyester for my active / sport wear and the clothing that directly touches my skin.

Also, the tow box on these shoes is terrible. Why can't these main stream minimal shoes makers use a true foot shape for their toe boxes? At least there are Stems, Altras and Soft Stars to help with this.

10/27/11 @ 11:07
Comment from: Running Rage [Visitor]
Running Rage

I would love it if someone were constructing counsel about all the new thinner sole, runners, casual wear options. It's frankly a bit mind-numbing thinking through it all. I saw a video that walks you through some New Balance options for the basic running shoess through Sears: http://www.youtube.com/user/SearsFitnessFirst

Wish someone would make a video like this around the barefoot type/thin soled/casual wear options. For many of us considering the transition to barefoot-style it would be great to get a simple video piece / tool that walks us through the options with recommendations. Anyone? Thanks

11/08/11 @ 14:29
Comment from: Kevin [Visitor]
Kevin

Growing up, my family was not very well off. I wore a lot of Pay Less shoes. My feet were having a dry rash problem similar to athelete's foot symptoms. When my mother took me to see a doctor because of the symptoms, the first thing he noticed were the shoes and that they were made of plastic. The reccomendation was to switch to a leather based shoe for breathability. He also noted that some people have an alergic reaction exposing skin to plastic for long periods of time. So that could be an issue for some.

As far as the fabric's softness, just because it's recycled doesn't mean it cannot be soft. Take a look at Patagonia's fleeces sometime, they're made of recycled materials and yet very soft.

12/06/11 @ 01:43
Comment from: Brett [Visitor]
Brett

I ended up buying a pair of these. I really like them, they're very comfortable.

The fabric is relatively soft, but I don't wear them barefoot. I think they would feel odd against my skin. Also, my feet sweat a bit and I feel as though it wouldn't work well with this material.

Sooo I really like them, but I rock them with socks.

12/06/11 @ 17:06
Comment from: Ken [Visitor]  
Ken

loving my pair of Skys for casual and running up to 12 miles. have a pair of Lifes and really like the low profile but not happy with strap closure. the Sky solved this with laces and better fit for running. also, the Sky is a truer fit than the Life and roomier toe box as well. happy with this shoe which works well as a minimalist casual and running shoe.

12/10/11 @ 09:13
Comment from: wilhelmb [Visitor]
wilhelmb

So, which do you prefer for casual wear, and some running NewSky, or Stem ?

01/04/12 @ 17:20
Comment from: Cliff [Visitor]
Cliff

I've had my pair of sky's for about 3 months now, absolutely love them, BUT a hole has worn through the putter fabric on one foot and they do tend to pil up a good deal. Wish I could say I would buy another pair, but for the money I just don't think they survive long enough. I have worn them as casual shoes only, so I would normally expect to get at least a year out of a pair before they look as bad as mine do in 3 months. Hopefully I'll find something similar with stronger fabric.

03/21/12 @ 17:41
Comment from: Cliff [Visitor]
Cliff

I've had my pair of sky's for about 3 months now, absolutely love them, BUT a hole has worn through the putter fabric on one foot and they do tend to pil up a good deal. Wish I could say I would buy another pair, but for the money I just don't think they survive long enough. I have worn them as casual shoes only, so I would normally expect to get at least a year out of a pair before they look as bad as mine do in 3 months. Hopefully I'll find something similar with stronger fabric.

03/21/12 @ 17:41