Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
WeightMen: 8.2ozWomen: 8.2oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 0mmWomen: 0mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
Heel heightMen: 10mmWomen: 10mm
Forefoot heightMen: 10mmWomen: 10mm
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
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I would have preferred that Inov-8 made a wider toe box for the Bare Grip 200. That is probably the only obstacle preventing a lot of trail runners with wide feet from trying these on.
Inov-8 is offering what has been the short fall of most of the market to date.
They won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I get excited ever time I lace them up.
The outsole provides excellent traction on wet pavement or off-road terrains. And, it's lightweight construction allows for speed where you didn't think you'd have it.
Updates to Inov-8 Bare-Grip 200
- The Inov-8 Bare-Grip 200 offers the runner a barefoot-like running experience, but with the certain performance of a trail shoe that’s efficient on many types of terrain. Even in the harsh environments of the great outdoors, runners would be able to run as naturally as they can with the power of a shoe that has a flexible upper unit and an aggressive outsole.
- The upper unit of this running shoe uses a quick-drying mesh material that is also highly breathable. The coverage is not too thick, but it’s ultimately secure because it wraps around the foot in an even and comfortable manner. It works in tandem with the foot, so natural movement is definitely encouraged.
- The lacing system is attached to supports that cause the upper fabric to tighten or loosen, in accordance with the adjustments made to the shoelaces themselves. It’s a solid way to let runners experience a more customizable fit.
- The outsole unit uses aggressive gripping lugs to provide traction over the many types of surfaces found in the outdoor environments. This layer is also very durable, so it delivers sure protection against wear and abrasion.
- The Inov-8 Bare-Grip 200 doesn’t have a main mid-sole unit. It’s a way for runners to experience a truly barefoot way for running. A molded insole is added to provide mild underfoot cushioning.
Inov-8 Bare-Grip 200 size and fit
The Inov-8 Bare-Grip 200 has a standard running shoe length. The men and women’s versions come in sizes that adhere to the regular measurements. A medium width is available for this model, so it accommodates runners with medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural shape of the foot.
The Bare-Grip™ outsole technology is a durable layer of protection that works well in staving off wear and abrasion. Placed along the entire length of the shoe, its all-encompassing nature ensures that the foot and the shoe itself is safe from damage.
Aggressive lugs are placed all over the external unit. They hold onto the ground well, giving traction to the runner on hard and soft surfaces.
The Meta-Flex™ is a groove that’s placed in the front section of the shoe. It allows the natural flexibility of the foot, giving the forefoot the freedom to move. This groove pattern is also added into the outsole of the X-Talon 230 and other reliable Inov-8 running shoes.
This running shoe doesn’t have a main midsole unit. It’s a conscious decision to exhibit a barefoot style of running with a trail shoe. What it has, however, is a molded foam insole that gives mild and lightweight cushioning.
The 0 Shoc-Zone™ gives the wearer minimal protection for the underfoot. It’s a helpful device for those who want to experience the barefoot style of running, but it is recommended that only advanced athletes use it for longer periods of time.
The upper unit of the Inov-8 Bare-Grip 200 uses a quick-drying mesh material to provide a constantly dry yet breathable coverage. It gives a very comfortable wrap that’s effective in wet or dry conditions.
The Met-Cradle™ webbing locks the foot down over the foot bed. It doesn’t make the upper very tight, and it even allows the natural alignment of the metatarsals.
TPU supports are connected to the lacing system. When the shoelaces are adjusted, these supports cause the upper to follow suit, making the coverage more customizable and more agreeable to the needs of the runner.