Friday, August 19, 2011

Inov8 Evo Skins Review

Inov-8 EvoskinI couldn't wait for these to come out!  Inov8 is a popular shoe brand at my Crossfit gym.  I tried these shoes out the other day.  
  • They only come in small-med-Lg, so the odds of them fitting you well are low-medium
  • They are impossible to get on.  It tok me a while to notice you could unsnap the straps, but resnapping them once they're on is a chore.  I really broke a sweat, mainly because of lack of flexibility.  Bending and fiddling with shoes for minutes is a pain.  This would be mitigated through practice
  • I have two worthless smaller toes that would not go in to the proper slots.  I fixed this however by adding a small amount of lotion to my feet- then BAM they fell into fitment. 
  • Note the holes at the end of the toes? Those are for air escaping when donning and sweat escaping when exercising.  Now this is pretty nasty: After doing a crossfit workout, sweat SQUIRTED out of these holes.  It was disturbing to watch.  For a 'shoe' with so much open space, they are very hot.
  • The shoe was very slippery with sweat (even before I figured the lotion thing out).  I tried to do things like 'karoke' and it is dangerous to have feet sliding in shoes.
  • My WOD consisted of box jumps and olympic lifrts, not appropriate due to feet sliding inside of shoe
  • So, no good for sports like crossfit.  The next day, I wore these shopping on my feet for hours.  I was losing circulation in toes and ended up barefoot.  
  • Here's the Good!  what an attention getter, people love the looks.
Another good review here


  1. Thanks for the review. I had been looking at these as a cheaper alternative to VFFs which are not cheap in the UK. I don't think I'll bother now

  2. the latest post about the adidas 'toed' shoes also have holes in the toe area. Could it be another toe-sweat squirter?? (sorry, kinda gross)

  3. Wow!Its so unique,exclusive and stylish!I'm very sure that this design is going to be more comfortable and effective for any athlete.This is the best cross training shoes ,I think.