IGUANEYE freshoe: The 100% Recyclable Barefoot Running Shoe

Lots of people like running for fun and fitness. The type of shoe worn while running makes a difference for your body and stamina. Although the running show has maintained a fairly standard design throughout the past century, there are some who feel it’s unnecessary. Barefoot running has experienced a renaissance in the 21st century. Many argue that it is healthier for the feet by reducing the risk of chronic injuries (notably repetitive stress injuries) due to the impact of heel striking in padded running shoes.

While that may be true, and there are millions who swear by it, barefoot running does leave one open to environmental injuries. If you live in an urban area, running without coverings on your feet increases risk of cuts, bruises, and even illness. A new product gaining steam on Kickstarter aims to recreate the natural feel of running barefoot with the protective goodness of a running shoe.

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The brainchild of Olivier Iguaneye, the freshoe is an ultra-minimal foot covering that was inspired by ancient Amazon Indians. According to Iguaneye’s website, Amazonians used to soak their feet in rubber to provide them with second-skin protection while walking and running through the rain forest.

The main body of the Iguaneye freshoe utilizes one piece construction, with no glue and no seams to create friction with your foot. The main body of the shoe is made from advanced elastomer which is soft and very flexible, hypoallergenic, and 100 percent recyclable. The slipper-like shoes are designed to cling to your feet with a unique heel cup and a special integrated first toe cover (unlike flip-flops, the piece that parts the toes is placed slightly ahead).

The insoles are handmade in Portugal using an innovative technology in which a micro-net is incorporated at the molding stage that allows the cork (98%) to bond with natural latex (2%) and create a flexible, adaptable insole that can adjust to your unique foot impression.

A pledge of about $65 to the project’s Kickstarter campaign will guarantee you get one of the first Iguaneye freshoes to roll off the line.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog