8 customer reviews
Fantastic Barefoot Shoes
First impressions of the GoSt-Barefoots Anterra Cliff.
Firstly, these don’t really fit or feel like a shoe but more like a loose sock. Sort of. They’re meant to be worn loosely. The lacing system allows one to adjust the tension at various points but they should never be tight.
Walking in them is an interesting sensation to get used to. I know, that last sentence was poor grammar. As the chainmail is a loose mesh of stainless steel you can feel it moving as you step. The whole thing just sort of drapes around the foot.
They’re quite comfortable and the ground feel is only slightly removed from being fully barefoot. The “Paws” are there to provide traction on harder, slicker surfaces but don’t act as cushions and on natural surfaces you don’t really notice them at all.
Lacking soles, they are the most flexible shoes I’ve ever worn, there is literally zero resistance to foot and toe movements in any direction.
I can feel the texture of the ground at all times, which is quite enjoyable and the chainmail doesn’t feel unpleasant against the skin at all. Quite the opposite, it feels very nice and the way it moves as you walk is somewhat stimulating.
As it’s been rainy and cool here I can say that with the chainmail being fully open to the environment the feet do get wet but since the water just passes straight through they never get soggy and dry off quickly, so they’re ideal for wet conditions, puddles, streams, etc.
But they are most definitely not warm. At all. If the ground is cold you feel it. If the air is cold you feel it. It’s only in the 40s today and rainy so when outdoors my feet do feel the chill. I did buy a pair of their neoprene savers, basically socks that cover the tops of the feet to trap some heat but have open soles, but I’m intentionally not wearing them today as I want to get a good feel for these new shoes.
There are also thin insoles one can put in to provide a bit of cushion but I’m not using those either, again because I want to experience the shoes as they are. I will probably use the insoles on days I plan to do a lot of walking on hard surfaces but otherwise I’ll enjoy the almost pure barefoot feel these shoes provide.
While these shoes are on the pricy side, with proper use and care I can see them lasting quite a long time. They also offer a repair service which includes replacing the entire sole if needed, to extend their life instead of having to buy new ones. I think that makes the cost over time better than shoes one just wears out and replaces.
I love minimalist barefoot style shoes and I have tried many brands. But this environmental-open concept is definitely the most consistent of all. No other concept makes you feel the environment as immediate as these!
There’s space for my toes, there’s room for my foot to articulate, there’s no heel lift so my calves, hamstrings and back are not contracted and they’re much lighter than I expected, so I feel like I’m leading and not dragging my heavy shoes behind me. I tested these in numerous conditions in nature since receiving them and I’m never disappointed!
Because I work in the field manual therapy, I think these shoes make a world of difference in the body! Thank you, I’m very satisfied !
Every day a little holiday
I love everything about this "shoe": the noble metal mesh, how it feels against the skin, the freedom of movement, the safety they give ... and of course the pure barefoot feel. Thanks for this great product. If they were less expensive, all my friends would already have some too. But as I swarm of them so much, they'll also order soon ;) I enjoy them almost every day, working in the garden and at the shores of our lovely lake. Regards, Monika
EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE
Excellent customer service from my initial contact to owning a pair, I can't praise the whole team at GoStBarefoots enough. Thank you for making the purchase and owning a pair such an easy and enjoyable experience.
In a sense, I'm really glad I hurt my foot...
Just to let you know, I've had my Anterra shoes for a month now, and they've become my main footwear when I'm not cycling. I wear them mainly as city shoes - with socks or with neoprene oversocks almost all the time, and they work really really well. Even walking on tarmac and concrete, the paws don't seem to wear down significantly when the shoes are used as typical city shoes.
Particularly, I wear them at work: I can go anywhere in the factory, or meet customers in suit and tie, and nobody thinks much of them, It's great: I feel like I'm barefoot all day long (or close enough) and nobody is any the wiser! Not to mention, my foot injury is healing up much faster with my Anterra shoes.
Anyhow, just to tell you, I think you're limiting yourself selling them as recreational shoes. They're an excellent product as primary footwear, for "city barefooters" so-to speak, and as everyday shoes for those who like barefooting while staying inconspicuous. It's a totally different usage pattern, but I reckon you should market your shoes for that purpose also.
I'm sending you this message to propose writing an article for your blog to share my experience with your shoes as social acceptance footwear - as opposed to safe hiking or running barefoot footwear. Would you be interested?
In a sense, I'm really glad I hurt my foot: it lead me to discover your products :) I can't believed I've lived this long without wearing your shoes!
Cross terrain grip that's second to none!
I can say that these are the most unique and versatile barefoot shoes! I've owned mine for almost two months and run the trails with them with no problems from stones or other items on the trail that had been a problem barefoot running unprotected. I'm also an avid disc golfer and have found that while my round mates have hikers or trainers covered in mud that takes days to clean off I am able to swish through the next puddle and emerge with clean shoes. As far as connectedness and stability I have yet to find a better solution than the paws application on my Anterra Sport version. They provide a cross terrain grip that is second to none. The newer ultra paws are a more multi surface application. These are quiet and move with me as I traverse sand, grass, clay, water, rock, and concrete all during the average round of play. I have never had a blister from wearing them but I usually wear mine with the saver.
I'm super-excited about these shoes!
Thanks guys! I'm super-excited about these shoes. They basically do exactly what they are supposed to do, and I've worn them even in conditions where they aren't optimal and still feel great. They are the best excuse to walk more down-to-earth I've ever had, and I love them!
Great piece of engeneering!
I love these fitted with the strong paws. I also was expecting a fair bit of noise from them while running. Once running the forest trails this turned out not to be the case. This is because the mesh is far softer than it looks. A great piece of German engeneering!