This shoe is the only acceptable "minimal shoe" replacement for my Vibram Five Fingers
that I have found. I needed a shoe that looked more like a shoe to wear to work, but I've hated all the other minimal shoes I've tried, including Merrell
Pure Glove, Nike Free
, New Balance
Minima and Puma
Faas. I was so happy to find the Hattori, which embodies most of the traits I demand of a truly minimal shoe: no arch support
, zero heel drop, lightweight, conforming to the foot, very flexible sole, and allowing plenty of rooms for the toes to spread and move freely. They're also less expensive than some of the alternatives I didn't try because of the price (eg: VivoBarefoot). They look sharp, too- the laceless design is appropriate for slightly more dressy situations, although I don't understand the lame color scheme options for women. My only quibbles are as follows: (a) The soles are thicker and squishier than I'd like in a minimal shoe, but they are very porous and bendable, so you still get a lot of that barefoot feel, and (b) I developed horrific blisters on the backs of my ankles on Day 1 of wearing them. The shoes fit very well, but despite being intended to be worn without socks
, the way they are designed rubs the back of my foot. Hopefully my feet will toughen up so I can keep wearing them this way. Otherwise, they are super comfortable. I'm on my feet all day and have no soreness at the end of the day.