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  • Soft Star Shoes - Run Amoks - my review

    These things are awesome.

    I wanted to try barefoot shoes, but I'm not down with the Vibrams--don't like the way they look, and looks matter to me. So. I got a pair of the Run Amoks.

    They are CUTE. I like them, and I've gotten quite a few compliments. Good-looking for my office job. They feel great. I got the 2mm soles. It's hot and humid in Seattle these days, but they keep quite dry inside. It's a Vibram sole, and I definitely feel like I'm barefoot. After a long walk around campus in these, my feet were tired, felt worked-out for sure.

    They're quick and easy to put on, and very roomy around the toes. They collapse flat, so I could easily stash them in my backpack/purse if I wanted.

    Only drawback is that tiny pebbles can get in through the perforations. Not many.

    Wore my super-supportive Saucony running shoes with insoles to Crossfit yesterday and felt reeeeally weird after running around in the Run Amoks.

    I think that's about it. I totally recommend these. They're lovely. Am bringing them camping this weekend, so will have more to say after that.

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    Thank you. I'm thinking of getting a pair, and it's good to get your reaction.

    Plus Soft Star is local, so I can go visit them.

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    • #3
      I have a pair of VFF KSOs that I run in, but I'm looking for a more "normal" looking minimalist shoe. I've been wanting to try these for awhile, and it's good to know people are having good experiences with them! Did you order them off the website? If so, is there sizing pretty accurate? Do they fit more loosely or snug? Do they seem sturdy enough to do Crossfit in? Lastly, since your from Seattle too, which CrossFit gym do you go to? =)

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      • #4
        Awesome, I'm glad this info is helpful! Keep the questions coming if you have them.

        I did order them off the website. They fit really loosely--basically, the thin leather upper is very roomy, and it ties around the ankle so that the shoes stay on. Very comfortable! The first day, my feet didn't seem to know where in the shoe they wanted to be, but that problem seems to have been sorted out.

        They do seem very sturdy, and I'd feel comfortable doing Crossfit in them (but I'm not going to, because I still have arch problems and need to wear the super-supportive sneakers for Crossfit until my legs/feet get strong enough to keep my bad knees stable). The company markets them as running shoes. The soles are Vibram and have good grip.

        I go to Level 4 in Ballard/Fremont! I've been going for about 7 months now. You?

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        • #5
          Waxleaves, my bad knees are the reason I'm wanting to get a pair, in hopes that more freedom of movement and better mobility and strength in all the little bones and muscles of my feet will keep my knees from feeling as much strain. My left knee in particular is getting locked by tight inner quads, my physio lady says.

          If you could come back after awhile and say how your arches are doing after longer using the Soft Stars, I'd appreciate it.

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          • #6
            That's exactly why I got a pair. Crossfit has REALLY helped my flat feet/IT band. I can actually walk normally now, instead of knock-kneed. So the shoes are the next step. So far, I feel like I'm getting a workout, so I hope I'll be able to check in with good news in a while.

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            • #7
              waxleaves,
              I just started a pre-Crossfit "On-ramp" class at Foundation Crossfit on Capitol Hill. It's totally kicking my ass...and I LOVE it! \m/

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              • #8
                Nice! I've seen signs/flyers for Foundation. One great thing about Crossfit is that it will never stop kicking your ass, ever.

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                • #9
                  I might have to invest in a pair. I go barefoot at home most of the time, and wish I could go everywhere barefoot! I perform barefoot (unless the ground is too gravelly or hot .... blisters on the soles of your feet are not fun!). The rest of the time I wear slip on sandals or sneakers (when I go for a walk outside).

                  I've been considering the Vibrams but these might fit my lifestyle better.
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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the review! I've been looking at these for a while. I love my VFFs but kinda want a less "OMG What kind of shoes are you wearing" minimalist shoe that I can wear when I don't have time for people to freak out over my shoes. Plus, I have a mild obsession with weird/different/ugly shoes. These aren't too bad, but I doubt they'd win any shoe beauty contests LOL
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                    • #11
                      Nice, but better option for work shoes than the vivo's from what it looks like.

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                      • #12
                        My RunAmoks arrived yesterday. I special ordered black with forest green saddle. They came faster than I expected. First impressions:

                        They look great.

                        Got the 2mm soles. Next time I will get 5mm. The 2s won't work for me on rough terrain. My weight is 212 (and coming down). If you weigh about half that, the 2s may be fine. Also, I think 5s would pass better in a more formal setting. Not a concern for me.

                        I had never worn "barefoot shoes" for walking/running before, although I do wear fairly low structure running shoes. Wow! I realize how hard I have been landing. These force me to be light on my feet and take lots of quick steps, which is what I should be doing. I have to be careful not to trip though because of the non-slip soles. (Note that I wear 12 1/2 4E, so the shoes are huge.)

                        The fronts of my feet don't feel cramped! Even 4E New Balance running shoes cramp them.

                        Oddly, they don't work for me around the house. The great non-slip soles catch on the carpet. No problem. I usually go barefoot or in mocs at home.

                        When I go outside with the shoes, I feel nekkid, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. LOL

                        They will be great for ren faires. I will probably get another pair that is even more period looking, but these are fine unless I am going for strict historical accuracy, which I rarely do.

                        Everything about the company is wonderful. In the past, I have been pretty much limited to the New Balance shoes made in the U.S. I'm not a flag-waving "only buy 'merican goods" or a rabidly liberal "don't buy anything not made by a perfectly eco/worker friendly company." But I do try to buy from honorable companies, American if possible. It is soooo hard to do that. It is great to get a product made by seemingly happy elves in an eco-friendly American factory.

                        July 11
                        This is probably old hat to people who wear VFFs. The RunAmoks push me to run with my whole legs, feet and core. That avoids the pounding and catching.

                        Added fairly thick leather insoles. Now ok for somewhat rough terrain.
                        Last edited by Harry; 07-11-2010, 10:21 PM. Reason: New info

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                        • #13
                          Do you slip in them? My biggest concern would be getting them muddy/wet and either A)slipping because of lack of grip and B) your foot sliding around on the inside from lack of grip. Are these valid concerns? I love my KSO's but theres nothing wrong with wanting a second pair of running shoes

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Harry View Post
                            My RunAmoks arrived yesterday. I special ordered black with forest green saddle. They came faster than I expected. First impressions:

                            They look great.

                            Everything about the company is wonderful. In the past, I have been pretty much limited to the New Balance shoes made in the U.S. I'm not a flag-waving "only buy 'merican goods" or a rabidly liberal "don't buy anything not made by a perfectly eco/worker friendly company." But I do try to buy from honorable companies, American if possible. It is soooo hard to do that. It is great to get a product made by seemingly happy elves in an eco-friendly American factory.
                            Harry, I'm glad to hear about your good experience as well.

                            The elves get to live in Corvallis, and work for a tiny company making wonderful shoes by hand. About as close to elf-paradise as most people are likely to get, in my opinion. (But I'm biased. I love it here.)

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                            • #15
                              They don't slip at all. But I haven't worn them on wet ground yet.

                              Just got back from a very brief camping trip in them. My feet are dirty! But it was nice to walk around on real ground in them.

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