Comment from: Nick R [Visitor]
Nick R

Great review! I agree with Justin on my decision getting the Connects over the Contacts. I love my Connects and I went with the DIY kit and fortunately it fit my foot perfectly without having to cut anything. I just had to punch the thong hole and was good to go! I made my own huaraches with 6mm Vibram Cherry and bought the Connects and there is a big difference with that little extra molding to my feet with the Connects. I have not ventured running in them but I am planning on using them for some trails this weekend and see how they fare.The tread has a nice multi directional pattern and should be great. I highly recommend them. The price cant be beat for a quality huarache.

06/11/12 @ 13:21
Comment from: Randy [Visitor]

Thanks for the review, Justin! I was wondering when the Connects and Contacts would be reviewed here and I'm glad to see them featured (although I would have loved to hear more about the running experience in them)! I swore to myself I would not get into the huaraches (as I felt it a bit bizarre to run in sandals (despite being an avid VFF runner)), but finally took the plunge in January by opting for the Connects. They are absolutely great running sandals as I feel better connected (pardon the pun) to the ground. With the 4mm sole, it really does feel like there's nothing between my feet and the ground. I prefer to run on gravel trails and rocky surfaces with them as opposed to road--perhaps because the maximum propioception makes me run even softer. Additionally, I feel that the sandals tend to not "flop" as much when I run as when I walk in them, but that doesn't stop me from using them for everyday casual wear during the summer months! While I absolutely love Invisible Shoes, they seem to do a number on my feet. That is, the grip of the foot bed tends to create blisters or gnaw at the calluses on the balls of my feet after hitting the 5 mile mark on a run. Still, I feel that the Invisible Shoes Connects are a great bargain for a fantastic running shoe!

06/11/12 @ 14:56
Comment from: Erik 'Yeti' Neves [Visitor]
Erik 'Yeti' Neves

They're inexpensive enough that buying a pair of each model is no-nonsense!

When you need ground feel, use your Connects; a little more protection and structure, go for your Contacts.

06/11/12 @ 16:23
Comment from: [Member]


The funny thing (to me) is that the ground feel isn't really much different between Connect and Contact. So if you can get just one, I'd go Contact.

06/11/12 @ 16:35
Comment from: walk the walk? mmm.... [Visitor]
walk the walk? mmm....

why.. just take a plastic bag and use it for running... can't ya?
really now, i'd skip those since the smallest stone or anything
that can easily get stuck in your foot-
will drive you crazy during your run or walk outdoors. not even real trails, your backyard can also be a drag.
why? because those sandals have low profile without any leveling. still...
i'll give them a try on roads.
and yes, barefoot running is amazing and it all looks good but....
how can you solve the
remember vibram's KSO?
mmm.... i think it stands for
KEEPS STUFF OUT... for a reason!
and guys, the kso's have serious sole
and an allround foot protection, compared to those sansals.
still, vibram provided
them with a mesh to keep stuff out.
so imagine those sandals on a hot day,
out on the trail, full of sand, rocks,
small chunks of wood or whatever...
just my take on the sandals.
you guys, just keep up your good job
and try to improve:
how can the invisible shoes stay light and flexible yet provide top protection from debris? here's a challenge for you, steven.
p.s-sorry for my spelling errors and all. i;m from asia.

06/11/12 @ 17:50
Comment from: Nathan [Visitor]  

Just got the Contact 6mm last wk. 4 mile trail run over roots, rocks and mud was amazing. Even outran a hailstorm in last 1/2 mile. Your foot will slip on the sandal if mud gets on footbed. So avoid deep mud. Planning to put 5K miles on in 5 yrs :). Oh yeah, great review!

06/11/12 @ 19:33
Comment from: Bryan Troyer [Visitor]
Bryan Troyer

@walk the walk

The key is that they are sandals, you don't even have to take them off to get any debri out of them, just shake your foot.

Also kso may stand for keep stuff out, but I own two pairs, and they should be called keep stuff in. Because if you get a pebble in your kso's, good luck finding it even when your foot is out of if.

Connect and contact look awesome by the way, great review.

06/12/12 @ 00:40
Comment from: klanger [Visitor]

@"walk the walk? mmm...." Visitor

What you do when you have a little stone between your foot and minimal sandal, is:
1. Stop
2. Take the stone out (using your five fingers or even ten if you wish)
3. Start running/walking.

All takes about 2-3s.

Great review!

06/12/12 @ 02:45
Comment from: tysongoesbarefoot [Visitor]  

I really like these sandals. I picked up a pair and I run with them frequently. I wrote my own review of them if you are interested.

06/12/12 @ 10:14
Comment from: Aaron R. [Visitor]
Aaron R.

I have been wearing both the Connects and Contacts for over a year now and love them. They are the best running footwear I have come across yet (besides my own feet, of course). I modified both to use nylon webbing straps and buckles a-la the Bedrock tying method. They feel much more secure this way when I run. The mod is easy. I posted about it on the toesalad site a while back. The mod only cost about $8 per set, is easy, and requires no alteration of the footbed. The Bedrock guys posted a lot of good videos about the strapping system. Also, I added a leather top to my 4mm pair, which makes them really comfortable for walking around. I still catch the toe in my 4mm pair if I am goofing around in grass, but never when I am walking or running. The design really prevents that. As for getting debris out: Klanger is right, it only takes a second or two. I run quite a bit on crushed granite paths, and the little rocks that get between my foot and the footbed haven't been all that bad. They are worse when I run barefoot.

06/12/12 @ 14:38
Comment from: OMY005 [Visitor]

I've both Contact and Connect types, Connects for the road if there is broken glass around (normally barefoot upto 15km). Contact for the rocky trails. Neither are any good in the wet when the gradient is very steep. As the sole grips the ground but your foot slips on the foot-bed. Other than that I'm very happy with them.

07/12/12 @ 00:21
Comment from: adrian [Visitor]

I'm an Invisible shoe 4mm user. I've done more than 100km and still haven't worn out the first knot

08/16/12 @ 10:58
Comment from: Nate [Visitor]  

I have been eyeballing the youtube video on how to make these for a long time, every time we have the money to buy the 4mm vibram sheets, someone's out! one of these days! :)

09/08/12 @ 17:58
Comment from: Steven [Visitor]

Running in these is great. A stone in your shoe? I've had that in VFFs and in Xero shoes. In VFFs I have to take my shoes off to get it out, in Xero Shoes I take another step and it is gone. I have a running in Xero Shoes report here.

11/11/12 @ 08:58
Comment from: SteveNC [Visitor]

Great info, thnx. I recently ordered both the connect & contact to try. I currently run in vffs & merrell gloves and want to add these as another alternative depending on weather and terrain conditions.
Anyway, I was wondering if you or anyone out there has tried some of the alternative lacing techniques that are on the invisible site and if they alleviate the sole flexing issues you have. In other words, if they keep the sole more attached to your foot contour as your foot flexes.

01/05/13 @ 11:19
Comment from: Penny from Canada [Visitor]
Penny from Canada

I viewed The Shark Tank show that aired on Feb 1st (tonight) and I just had to find these shoes (sandals). I love the concept! I used to buy what we called "Jesus sandals" in my teens/early twenties years ago at Cargo Canada and when they went out of business, I was devastated I couldn't find them anymore. Your Xerö shoes are closest I seen to them.

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

hi, nice site!

i have both invisible sandals & Luna sandals & vibram KSO. i only walk in sandals.
KSO is the best for "agility" sports.

i don't see how anyone can run in these sandals.
cause grits get in between the small gap between my arch & sole occasionally. (this may be because my arch is higher than yours)

if i run, having to stop & shake my feet or clean them out like every 5 - 10 min would drive me nuts.


09/17/13 @ 00:30
Comment from: Rhonda [Visitor]

I agree wholeheartedly with this review. I am not a runner, just trying to better health through barefoot living. I currently have three pairs of Xeroshoes -- two Contact in fun colors and one Connect in black for formal wear. Nine times out of ten I put on the Contacts because that extra little bit of structure makes them so wearable on a daily basis. The downside of wearing my Xeroshoes every single day is that when I have to put on my VFFs or one of my three pairs of SoftStar shoes, my toes feel confined because they are no longer in sandals. Xeroshoes has ruined me for anything else and I fear that come winter I will be doing the toesocks and sandals thing.

09/24/13 @ 15:15
Comment from: 200F [Visitor]

Thanks for such a thoughtful, thorough review!

04/30/14 @ 18:19
Comment from: Sally Keys [Visitor]  
Sally Keys

My name is Sally and I am writing because I have plantar fasciitis. As a keen walker and hiker, I feared this would rob me of my most cherished hobby - along with walking the dog. However, after talking to physicians and experts, it turned out that walking might be the best solution to the problem.

As I happen to also be a freelance health and outdoors writer, I’ve teamed up with a small hiking site to develop a guide covering what plantar fasciitis is, and how walking affects it - and could be a solution to it. If you have an extra minute, you can check out the article here:

I know you are busy, so I’ll keep this quick. Recently, I came across and you reminded me of my article. Having read I thought this would be something you’d like to mention. Of course, I am more than happy to write a brief introduction to the article to put on your website.

Please let me know what you think!

Best Regards,


03/16/17 @ 20:23
Comment from: Sonja [Visitor]  

Hi Justin, my feet are about 7-8 inches long, so they're pretty short. You mentioned that the 4mm sandals are more suitable for short feet. Could you explain that a little further? I would like to get the Contacts for the, well, contact the soles have with your feet/structure. I also am looking for protection and am worried that the 4mm sandals might not provide enough. However, I of course am looking for a close-to-barefoot feel, so if the 6mms are too rigid for small feet, I would be concerned about that, as well. I know this is an old post, so hopefully you still have information on these shoes! Thanks!

07/15/19 @ 20:27
Comment from: [Member]


You know, to be totally candid, I don't remember exactly what I had in mind when I wrote that 7 years ago (or so). But if I think about it, I imagine it has to do with the relative rigidity of the sole over a longer foot compared to a shorter foot, which is to say that a longer foot has a longer lever to bend the sole than a shorter foot.

No matter what, I don't think you can really go wrong with 4mm or 6mm -- just know that the 4mm is very flimsy and the 6mm has a bit more toughness to it. If you choose the 6mm, I think you end up picking a very safe bet and I doubt you'll miss extra flexibility ... and if you want more later you can always upgrade ;)

08/27/19 @ 21:40

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