Here is an email I received this past week from a Doctor in Louisville, Kentucky. He write:
I have had a chance to run in the G2's a few times now and wanted to report back to you.
So here is the deal. I have a ton of shoes from various companies now for this class:
1) Vibram, sprint, KSO and Trek Sport
2) Inov-8 evoskin
3) Luna sandals (custom)
4) Soft Star - DASH Run Amok
5) Merrell - Trail Glove and Sonic Glove
7) Vivobarefoot - Aqua
...and the G2.
I have been having a lot of issues with most of these shoes. So much, that I switched to full barefoot, which I found to love. The issues were mainly related to achilles pain and I just could not remedy it. I know a lot about physiology and running kinematics - and I know exactly why the achilles pain was happening. I just could not seem to beat it...except when going straight barefoot. I had zero achilles issues going barefoot. I was getting pretty disgruntled truthfully. I started running again three years ago after two hip surgeries (unrelated to running). I was told never to run again, which is why I didn't for a long time. The pain in my achilles was getting so annoying, the thought of taking up a different sport briefly surfaced - which was totally destroying me. Today, I decided to try the G2's again - only my 3rd time running in them. Initially I put them down because they were pretty tight fitting and I felt like they were impinging my toe splay too much. When I slid them on today, they actually felt pretty good...not quite as tight fitting. I am happy to say, after eight muddy, rocky, hard-core trail miles later, I had very minimal achilles pain and I felt really good throughout the entire run. The minor pain came a couple of minutes after a pretty big trip up on a wet rock - my posture was falling apart. I took a minute to do some posture exercises and got back to the trails - with no further issues. The feel of the G2's is AS CLOSE to barefoot as you can get - more so than any of the other minimalist shoes I have tried. My feet feel pretty close to the way they feel after a full barefoot run - which is excellent. I also have to applaud the apparent durability, which actually kind of surprised me. Although I have not run in them for very many miles, they were very hard, trail miles. After trips and snags, etc, there are zero issues with the integrity of the shoes. So I am again happy to say that the G2's take the gold medal for minimalist shoes right now! Thank you for an excellent product and for the contribution of these shoes. I will do my best to marked them for you around Louisville!
My only additions at this point for consideration would be:
1) Consider a neoprene mesh upper - that would be awesome - even more minimal than they are now!
2) A bit wider toe box. They fit much like a glove now, which I think is the point, but they toe splay may be impinged just a tiny bit. I do not have wide feet, so someone with some wider feet may have more of an issue with this than I do.
3) They are totally awesome.
Thanks again David - your shoes rock.