Thank you to Kigo Footwear for providing me with a sample to write about.
Feet; the sometimes odd looking appendages found at the south end of our bodies tend to be highly underestimated and taken for granted. We look at them as something that’s not necessarily attractive, smelly, big, too small or something to cover up. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which add up to 115,000 miles in a lifetime – more than 4 times the circumference of the globe. The human foot contains 52 bones which makes up one quarter of all the bones in your body. When they are out of alignment, so is the rest of your body.
Seems to me that our feet are worth a lot more then we put into them. With all the amazing things our feet do and endure, it should be our never ending quest to make sure they are properly taken care of. Thankfully Kigo Footwear agrees, which is why they’ve made great strides to keep your feet going through their amazing, barefoot styled shoes. Kigo Footwear offers shoes that are stylish enough for everyday yet light, flexible and sturdy enough for athletes. They follow the minimalist style, meaning their shoes are made to flow with the natural curves and movement of your feet. Kigo Footwear use 6 key design elements to ensure their shoes are the best for your feet:
- Zero (or near-zero) drop heel. This keeps your foot flat on the floor and makes sure your posture has optimal alignment.
- Wide toe area because your toes naturally splay as you walk.
- They’re lightweight. No more than five ounces per shoe.
- A flexible sole allowing your foot to move freely. When that happens, your feet get stronger.
- Great traction. If you’re barefoot, chances are, you have a good grip on the ground. Your shoes shouldn’t take that away.
- Proprioception. This is your perception of the world that comes through your nerve endings – light, thin, flexible soles enhance this sensory ability, rather than limiting it.
I received a pair of Kigo’s Flit shoes to test out. The shoes are a Mary-jane style and kind of resemble ballet slippers. Kigo prides themselves in being incredibly earth friendly which shows in the materials they use to make their shoes. The upper and lining material of the Flit’s are made from CYCLEPET, an amazing fabric that’s created by breaking down plastic jugs to create a four-way stretch textile that is strong and soft. It’s also a bluesign certified material and is treated with eco-friendly AsahiGuard E-Series water and oil repellent to keep the shoes clean and dry in any condition. Plus, the insoles and outsoles are made from PLUSfoam, a tough and lightweight product made from a combination of reclaimed post-consumer materials, post-manufacturing scrap and virgin material.
The Flits offer a flexible strap to help with giving the perfect fit and are easy to slip on. In my case, I have wide feet and my left foot is larger than my right. ( most people do have one foot that’s bigger then the other) So the strap on my left foot is a little tight, where as my right foot strap fits just fine. I’m sure they also need to be broken in a bit, which will help them to fit better. Wearing the Flit’s I can certainly tell the difference between regular, non-flex soles and the barefoot style. It really does feel as if I’m just wearing a protective sock over my foot and it’s neat to feel as if I have more control over my feet in the shoes. Running in the Flit’s is also much easier than running in traditional shoes. The way the sole flexes with my foot makes me feel more confident and I don’t have weird pressure points being targeted with the zero drop heel.
All in all my experience with Kigo Footwear has been great! I love the attention to detail they pay when designing shoes in the minimalist approach and how environmentally aware they are about the company’s footprint. When it comes to our feet we need to make sure we’re paying close attention to what they need. Wearing shoes by Kigo Footwear proves that sometimes less, really is more.
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The Kigo Flit comes in either grey or black and retails for $87. They can be found on Kigo Footwear’s website as well as specific retailers.
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So you know, the uppers of all kigos are made with a 4-way stretch fabric, which will allow the shoes to stretch to fit the wearers foot perfectly after a couple of wears. So, no worries about the one shoe stretching to fit your wider foot.
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Link Fairy says
Thanks Rachelle! I’ve loved showing off my Flit’s! 🙂
Jeff Gallup says
My wife LOVES here curv’s… so much that she has worn them out.. would love to win her a new pair! Thanks!
Zelda Zap says
I love my kigos, they are really great shoes.
Zelda Zap says
My kigo curvs are my faavorite shoes.
Flits are my favorite. Cute enough to wear with jeans, shorts, skirts!
tammy medley says
I have a skin dieses on my feet these would be perfect for me
tom sides says
kigo drive grey
Ashley S says
hmm I think like the Curv’s the best!
I like the Flit
I’d love to give my husband a pair of the drives!
Susan H. says
I believe I like the Flit! 🙂
These look like the ultimate in adorable + barefoot. I’m going to have to get me a pair of these!
The Flit, I mean.
OMG I love the grey kigo drives! I run and jog and hike and camp and nothing beats kigos of ALL KINDS for ground feel. Although, the nice part about the flits is that you can wear them to work…at least where I work!
Heather Heath says
kigo flit: black / light grey stitch are cute.
I love the Kigo Flit Black/Grey Strip shoes
jessica robertson says
I like the Flit light grey/blue stitch.
Michelle Knopp says
My favorite are the kigo curv: grey / green stitch.
Autumn Oertel says
Would love to own these! im on my feet for 14 hours a day! and i’ve tried everything! i would love to win either the curv or the flit! thank you for doing this giveaway!<3
I don’t own kigos yet, operative word being “yet'” but if I did, I would love the flit or curv. I am a student balancing school and work, and on a good day, I am all over the place! Knowing that my extra pair of shoes was not just extra, but in fact so much more, would be so amazing.
I think I would like to try the grey Flit.
Rachel Schwab says
I would love a pair of these!
Molly Guevara says
The flits are so cute!
Jessica G says
I like the kigo flit in black.
Liz Neal says
I like the flit in black.
Crystal M. says
Would love to try the curvs.
lisa fury says
love the drives so cute
Kathy Jo says
I love my Flits and recently bought the Drive for my husband… he loves them and wants another pair!
Elizabeth Splinter says
Flit! The grey and blue ones!
Gina wiskerchen says
i really love the KIGO DRIVE black stitch/grey . they look very comfortable and it would be nice to see how nice these shoes really are when your actually wearing them!!
krista grandstaff says
I really like the kigo flit: black / light grey stitch…too cute!
I just recently purchased a pair of kigo flits, and they have quickly become my favorite shoe! I would love to have a pair of them in grey.
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