These barefoot-style running shoes are part of a recent craze that looks like it’s here to stay. How did they perform with our tester?

Triathlon Gear - Inov-8 Road-X 233 Running Shoes Review£95

Over the last six months we’ve had an influx of barefoot-style running shoes to test. The idea is they encourage you to run efficiently by forcing you to land on the middle of your foot rather your heels. These are made by Inov-8, who have experience in this area from their minimalist trail running shoes, which are very popular among the fell-running community.

If you’re a fan of their trail shoes, these road-going versions won’t disappoint. We tried the Road-X 233, 233g. They give a firm, responsive ride and a feeling that you’re running on your forefoot. The uppers are all mesh, so your feet will stay cool and airy, while the outsole resembles a foot – bendy around the toes and more rigid in the section from the heel to the mid-foot.


Lightweight shoes that are ideal for making the transition to barefoot running.

Performance 4/5

Value 3/5

Overall 4/5