Comment from: Tavis Allen [Visitor]
Tavis Allen

Thorough review, as always! I am a minimalist minimalist footwear person. I bought the original Luna Sandals (Venado) back in 2012-13, the 4mm Xero Shoes DIY kit in early 2014, and the 9mm Bedrock Sandals in summer 2016. I wear Vivobarefoot shoes for work.

I finally (2019) retired the Lunas, as the toeposts are beyond further repairs, the sole in front is worn down, and the heel is compressed and too thin. It's interesting to check out the wear pattern, as the arch areas are barely worn.

Anyway, of the footwear I have listed, the Lunas have been my favorites. The Xero Shoes are great for running, but only that. The Bedrock Sandals, with their Gumlite soles, took a long time to become comfortable. The strap system needs adjustment more frequently than should be necessary.

Shamma Sandals, I had decided, are what is next for me. I live in Osaka, Japan, far from trails that the Warriors would be happiest on, so Chargers it will likely be. Especially welcome is that Shamma Sandals have kept prices reasonable, whereas Luna Sandals' prices have risen in line with their popularity.

You mentioned that Vibram has tweaked the Morflex rubber, but from appearance alone, it doesn't look different from my Luna Sandals, nor the older Chargers you have for comparison. As my Lunas wore out, so did their grip, so much so that the combination of smooth sidewalk tile and rain was dangerous.

09/04/19 @ 00:38
Comment from: [Member]

Hi Tavis!

I also wear Vivobarefoot for work! (also cycling Carets and Prime Trotters!)

While lots of my friends have enjoyed Xeroshoes with my recommendations, their sandals are a bit too narrow for my feet.

By the way, there will be a new Bedrock Sandals review coming up (and Carets as well!)

In terms of the Morflex used in Shamma sandals, the molds they are using are a bit more pyramid shaped instead of flat squares and it feels like a slightly revised formula for just a tad more density, but that might just be my imagination.

You should hopefully be able to see the sole comparison in this attachment.

I find that Morflex is great for a lot of different situations, but if you want slightly better grip, you can try the Warriors' Newflex sole, which is more aggressive and denser.

Since you mentioned gumlite, you might like Earthrunners as well--Shamma and Earthrunners are excellent choices for your adventures in Japan!

-Jarvis

Posted by Jarvis
09/04/19 @ 10:24
Comment from: Tavis Allen [Visitor]
Tavis Allen

Yes, the close-up better shows off the tread pattern. I was just reading an article about tire tread patterns for cyclocross and gravel bikes, and manufacturers really want consumers to believe it makes a difference!

09/10/19 @ 01:48
Comment from: [Member]

Travis,

I'm sure some of it is change for the sake of change, but sometimes, the change is worthwhile. It is up to the consumer to find that value for themselves!

09/10/19 @ 12:10
Comment from: Tavis Allen [Visitor]
Tavis Allen

True, true, and true! Anyway, thanks for the friendly banter, and I'll be sure to check out your upcoming reviews.

09/11/19 @ 01:14
Comment from: [Member]

Aw, thanks, Tavis! (sorry I called you Travis earlier!)

We truly enjoy our community, so please stay active and enjoy the reviews!

09/13/19 @ 10:10


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