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Shoes for the Modern Cave Man | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Shoes for the Modern Cave Man

Manolo says, here you see the result of what happens when you have the designer who thinks too much.

P.S. Many thanks to the Dorothy for the link.

25 Responses to “Shoes for the Modern Cave Man”

  1. Ninjarina June 27, 2006 at 3:33 am #

    I like the idea behind it:


    I’ve always believed in good technique.

  2. VeddyVeddyBadAng June 27, 2006 at 8:32 am #

    Man, those things look weird. And yet I’m strangely fascinated by them, and curious about running in them. I enjoyed reading the stories about Barefoot Ted and crazy Barefoot Ken Bob, running two marathons in one day barefoot. Like the old Nike ads said, runners are different.

  3. Fausta June 27, 2006 at 9:07 am #

    Wear a pair of those with a toupee on each foot and you, too, can look like a hobbit.

  4. Martha June 27, 2006 at 11:19 am #

    What I can’t get over, because I’m a wierdo, is that whether or not these shoes are supremely silly, they don’t take into account the fact that everyone’s toes aren’t shaped the same way. I mean, I’ve got rather short toes, and the littlest one in particular isn’t shaped like that at all. I can’t help but think it doesn’t sound very comfortable.

  5. pbird June 27, 2006 at 11:42 am #

    I, of course, want them badly. Confounding the kiddies is my constant amusement and this would work out nicely.

  6. G June 27, 2006 at 12:07 pm #

    *screams* The horror! The horror!
    That is freaky-deaky.

  7. desertwind June 27, 2006 at 12:49 pm #

    Ach du lieber Gott!

    My six year old nephew would looooove these.

  8. cheeky June 28, 2006 at 1:35 am #

    I totally discovered those on accident last Saturday! I was exploring the Vibram website to see what the stuff is. My little toes would not fit- there’d be a lot of extra room. So ridiculous.

  9. jj June 28, 2006 at 10:39 am #

    To be fair… even the people who make them say that they’re for outdoor activities. The hiking boots and the tevas aren’t attractive either, but they’re functional shoes for particular functional applications. People just need to get it into their dense little heads that such shoes are not appropriate for resteraunts or city streets.

  10. Danielle July 4, 2006 at 7:08 pm #

    I love the copy… “gecko-like grip”. Finally, shoes that allow gecko-like behavior.

  11. Michael Tinkler July 5, 2006 at 5:12 pm #

    Those things are wicked.

  12. Joanne July 5, 2006 at 5:59 pm #

    This reminds me of that one fake commercial on “Saturday Night Live” for JJ Casuals, which are “shoes that look like feet.” The “JJ” stands for Jack Johnson, who “endorsed” the shoes. The real Jack Johnson thought this was so funny that he put it on his website.

  13. Susan March 17, 2007 at 11:18 am #

    I am so* ordering a pair of these. Thanks for the link!

  14. kpenname April 6, 2008 at 7:53 pm #

    To concur with jj, these may serve a purpose in certain settings very well, but it seems that those who buy things like this have a tendency to wear them in every setting but the appropriate ones. My first exposure to these was the other night when sure enough a man I know who otherwise seems to be a good judge of things, wore them to a presentation on family relations. All eyes, on his feet. No compliments were emitted. Had we been in the forest or rock climbing maybe…. In this setting however, they just appeared even more odd looking.

  15. joane November 13, 2008 at 11:49 pm #

    where can I find this shoes???

  16. Antwon Redmond September 16, 2009 at 12:43 am #

    where can i purchase these shoes and how much are they.

  17. Meg October 13, 2009 at 8:14 pm #

    Looooove mine! Seriously, best shoes ever — and I normally am such a shoe snob. But wearing these while exercising and walking around the neighborhood has helped me undo a lot of the damage done by my cute shoes. Seriously, they are soooo good for your feet, legs, back, and overall posture. And if you are a runner, please look into the benefits of barefoot running (Born to Run is a good book to start with) — not to mention the hazards of wearing normal running shoes, and yes that includes that $200 pair you bought that’s supposed to be good for you but isn’t. These aren’t exactly barefoot running, but you’ll get the benefits without the ickiness.

    And yes, they are comfy — very comfy. It doesn’t matter if your toes don’t go all the way to the ends. It’s just fine. They have a good big of stretch in them, too. There are different models, though, and you’ll want to try them out to see what is best. I found the classic model came up on my heel too much, but the Sprints are perfect for me. My husband loves his KSOs, though.

    More info here and in comments, especially:

  18. g-dog October 14, 2009 at 9:34 pm #

    A co-worker wears these to work – and we don’t work in a sports shop or surf shop … of course, others have been known to wear crocs.

  19. Meg October 19, 2009 at 3:03 pm #

    @Joane & Antwon,

    If you’re in the U.S., see:

    Also, they’re available online at Amazon and other websites.

  20. Meg October 19, 2009 at 3:05 pm #

    Actually, now that I checked it again, that link has store locations for Canada and Mexico, too!

  21. Bestrunningshoedavid October 27, 2009 at 6:54 pm #

    Somewhat weird a gecko feet liked design indeed cool.

  22. mel bliss May 8, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    how much are the caveman shoes? & are they available for wholesale?

  23. Paul June 26, 2010 at 12:02 am #

    I bought a pair today after reading all the posts on this website. I don’t see myself wearing them to events, but they are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. I forgot I had them on most of the day and noticed Found many benefits of wearing them at the shore