Our verdict


As simple and minimal as its looks may be, the Bare-XF 210 v3 is a great option for workouts that don't involve a lot of jumping. It is a minimalist cross-training shoe that works excellently as a barefoot lifting shoe. Past its few flaws, this pair is a charmer in both form and function.


  • Feels like being barefoot
  • Planted for lifting
  • Highly abrasion-resistant
  • Featherweight
  • Breathable
  • Tacky grip
  • Good-looking


  • Upper lacks support
  • A bit pricey

Who should buy the Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v3

You are very likely to benefit from this Inov-8 training shoe if you prefer exceptionally lightweight, barefoot-like shoes with a sensitive ground feel. It is a perfect choice for those who value and practice natural movement.

Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v3 Logo1

Who should NOT buy the shoe

Minimalist shoes require a certain level of foot strength from the wearer which could be lacking among beginners and people with injuries of foot conditions. In that case, a more cushioned shoe would be more appropriate. Consider the Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v3 or the Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 instead.

Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v3 vs. 210 v2

Both models from Inov-8 are incredible minimalist cross-training shoes. The third version banked on the previous iteration's feedback and weaknesses for improvements. Here is what got better in the newer version:

  • More airflow from the seamless 3D air mesh upper
  • Enhanced forefoot protection from welded TPU layers

Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v3 Lightweight1

Barefoot-like comfort

Reviewers find the Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v3 comfortable for daily training. Some even said that it was like a second skin that they forget they have it on. There is no cushioning underfoot and the only layer of padding you have between the foot and the rubber outsole is a 3-mm footbed.

Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v3 Comfort2

The Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v3's lightness

The Bare-XF 210 v3 feels barely there weight-wise, which numerous wearers have confirmed. Weighing 210 g per shoe it is ridiculously lightweight compared to the average 300 g of cross-training shoes.

The fact that it is also highly breathable even in the hottest conditions makes it less noticeable on the foot too.

Sturdy and long-lasting

This training shoe from Inov-8 is crafted from durable materials and has excellent craftsmanship. The reviewers claim that it remains resistant to abrasion even in the most demanding activities like rope climbs.

Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v3 Durable1

Remarkable flexibility

Thanks to its pliable upper and soles, it shapes after the foot's natural movements.

Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v3 Flexible2

Lateral support could be improved in this Inov-8 trainer

The problem with this minimalist upper is that it doesn't offer much hold, especially when it comes to aggressive side-to-side movements. As one expert noticed, there was "a little bit of overhang with [his] foot when driving through the foot laterally."

Barefoot-like ground contact

Several lifters who prefer minimal lifting shoes find its low-to-the-ground construction beneficial for lifting.

Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v3 Ground Contact

Outstanding grip

Its outsole grips the floor during fast-paced moves, keeping the wearer upright throughout dynamic workouts.

Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v3 Outsole1

Bare-XF 210 v3 is a looker

In addition to all of its functional features, this Inov-8 shoe is also very visually appealing. Athletes adore its clean minimalist aesthetics.