Most shoes – including athletic sneakers – are bad for your feet, and in turn, your body. They squeeze your toes together, artificially lift your heels, throw off your posture, and weaken your feet through over-cushioning. In response, the barefoot shoe movement emerged. But the pendulum swung too far, with cringeworthy design and forms too extreme for most feet living on hard urban surfaces.
Enter Sophomore. Inspired by the shape and function of the natural foot, adapted for real life on pavement, and designed to be as beautiful and sustainable as they are healthy and comfortable. In short, the perfect shoe for everyday life.
It has always been struggle to find casual shoes that look normal but also have more than 5-6 mm drop/stack height. Most brands are not supportive enough, too minimalist, built for running, or look like clown shoes. These really give me everything I have been looking for. They are similar in style to retro sneakers I like, but with a wider toe box and no raised heel. My only complaint so far is the mesh tongue. It may lower the profile a bit so they don't look so bulky, but a padded tongue would be much more comfortable. You can feel the laces through the tongue a bit since it is so thin and not padded. Even a thin leather tongue would be a better and more consistent design choice. I appreciate the black rubber on the outsole and black specs on the midsole for a white shoe, as they help mask dirt. So far they seem easy to clean. Overall these are great and I will likely order more in other colors.
Got these as a gift from a friend who has been trying to get me on the barefoot shoe train for some time now. It’s been a week & I’m officially a convert. These are much more durable than I expected, especially for how light they are.