I’ve been told I can get away with all the bizarre styles that minimalist shoe makers keep producing because I’m rather odd myself. Apparently I look like the kind of guy who would have shoes with individual toe pockets or run a race in sandals with socks. I’m fine with that. In contrast, that means I have a much tougher time when it comes to wearing something that might actually be cool. That brings me to ANI shoes. They’ve got a polished, artsy website with slick marketing that’s obviously inspired by high-end fashion designers and New York City. ANI is probably the first barefoot brand I’ve encountered that relies so heavily on style. But don’t take that to mean that the function is bad — it isn’t. I could easily see a bubble-jacketed youth breakdancing excitedly as the white headphones of his iPhone fuel him on, the shoes holding up like gangbusters. In other words, I’m probably not cool enough for these shoes. But I wore them anyway.
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