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inov-8 F-Lite™ 230 Reviews

652 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

96%Rated 5 stars

4%Rated 4 stars

0%Rated 3 stars

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0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

70% "Felt true to size"

81% "Felt true to width"

45% "No arch support"

629 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 8/30/12
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

These are probably the most comfortable all-around workout shoes I've tried. They're a nice halfway point between shoes that normal human beings who don't have shoe fetishes wear and the barefoot, minimalist wonders that are currently in vogue with all the people who believe it's gotta be the shoes. (I'm looking at you, Crossfit geeks.) Fit nicely. Just enough cushion for comfort. Just flat enough for good stability. Be warned: They're not even remotely water resistant, and they can show signs of wear relatively quickly (fraying at some of the seams, tread wears out sooner than expected, etc.), but it's nothing that's a deal breaker. I also own a pair of Inov-8 Barefoot 210s because I am a Crossfit geek with an unhealthy shoe fetish who always wants to be in vogue. But if you want a shoe that you can wear to and from the gym, as well as IN the gym, I'd say go with the F-Lites. They're just a great all-around show.

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23 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 3/24/12
Overall Rated:1 stars!
Comfort Rated:1 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

I tried a few of the inov-8 line, all with the universal fitting for a woman's size 8 wide shoe. All these shoes were so very narrow they were impossible to wear. Beautiful shoe though, just no way it would fit.

Additional 632 F-Lite™ 230 inov-8 Reviews

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4 people found this review helpful  

February 25, 2012

Anonymous

from Vancouver, British Columbia

Great lightweight minimalist shoe for CrossFit. They fit big so I suggest going down half a size from your usual shoe size. Great with or without socks -- never had a blister problem breaking them in. Love them!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

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3 people found this review helpful  

March 25, 2012

Coach H

from New York

Anyone who is seriously into kettlebell training will benefit tremendously from purchasing a pair of these. The minimalist design allows you to truly connect with the ground and generate power from your heels on up through your core. They are not for those who need the extra padding on the heel or arch support. This is a shoe for those like me who like to train barefoot but cannot do so every single time because of location and such. They are light as a feather and have a tight grip on the ground. Like others here, I also had to go a half size smaller than the equivalent U.S. shoe size. I'm a 9 in U.S. and had to return the 9 get the equivalent of a 8.5 to get the proper fit.

Brands I'd also recommend: New Balance MT20 (WT20 for the ladies)

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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3 people found this review helpful  

March 5, 2012

PG

from So. Cal.

Best shoe ever! It's great for running trails, running on the road, Crossfit, or where ever life takes you.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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3 people found this review helpful  

February 26, 2012

Anonymous

from Virgina

I absolutely love these shoes! I have four pairs of inov8 shoes and I will continue to buy them. I am a crossfitter and they are great for any workout that I do.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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3 people found this review helpful  

January 7, 2012

AV24

from Orlando, Florida

These shoes are extremely comfortable! If you are considering buying them, please make sure to take the advice of the other reviewers and order atleast 1/2 smaller than what you normally wear. These shoes break in nicely and they are extremely light. 5 stars!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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3 people found this review helpful  

December 16, 2011

Anonymous

 

Love these shoes; they are super comfortable and offer enough support for my crossfit trainings.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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3 people found this review helpful  

September 6, 2011

Anonymous

 

Amazing shoe in all aspects. Perfect for low profile neutral fore/midfoot runners.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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3 people found this review helpful  

November 24, 2010

Tye B

from Cleveland, OH

I recently purchased a pair of the Inov-8 F-Lite 230s. I have been using them for CrossFit and absolutely love them. They are a fantastic all purpose shoe that I can use anywhere between running and Olympic lifting. The thin soles provide enough cushion but certainly do encourage a forefoot running style (almost barefoot). Although the shoes are very light and primarily a very breathable mesh, they are supportive in lateral movements as well. It is a night and day difference as compared to using a pair of running shoes. I would recommend these shoes to anyone using them for various fitness uses as well as trail running or mid distance runs on pavement.

Brands I'd also recommend: Vibram Fivefingers

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

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3 people found this review helpful  

February 25, 2012

Selina H

from South Alabama

Exceeded my expectations...I use them for CrossFit training and light running, I am 46 and even with my a aching feet and joints, I am pleased with my inov8 F-Lites!

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

July 10, 2012

Curtis N

from Boston, MA

These are very lightweight and have excellent breathability. They function very well as all-around xFit shoes due to their minimal midsole differential from heel to forefoot as well as very comfortable shoes for everyday wear. I have three pairs of the inov-8 230s which are used mainly for my xFit training. I also wear them barefooted with loose laces as an alternative to flip-flops on regular basis. Note that they do run large compared to most shoes, anywhere from half to a full-size depending on the specific anatomy of your feet and your fit preference.

Brands I'd also recommend: Vibram 5-Finger, NB Minimalist

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 22, 2012

Alex M

from Miami, Fl

These shoes are great for crossfit. My only complaint is that I am a true 6 and they do not make them that small! These fit fine and I am dealing with the bit of extra room.

Brands I'd also recommend: new balance, nike

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 22, 2012

Cat

from Memphis, TN

These are excellent shoes! They are very light and have been good with WOD's. I can feel my feet position when lifting and still have support, which is really nice. They have also been good with running. All over great shoes!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 21, 2012

Rachel

from Boston, MA

I love these for CrossFit! They are much lighter than my chucks, but they took a little getting used to for lifting.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 15, 2012

Anonymous

from Alexandria, VA

Great minimalist shoe. I use these for my strength training sessions and they are great. Easy to adapt to and I've had no foot pain. Highly recommend.

Brands I'd also recommend: New Balance, Vibram

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 13, 2012

Donovan T

from Hotlanta, GA

Cross fit perfect! Not your best distance runners but great all around WOD shoe. I ordered 1/2 size down. The seem to run a bit long.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 12, 2012

Casey B

from North Carolina

Innov-8 is by far the best shoe maker of all time for my money. Love these and the 195's for daily Crossfit, and the 233 is the best road runner I've worn to date. Unbelievably durable shoes! You just can't break them!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 11, 2012

Tara G

from Portland, OR

Great shoe! A good compromise between traditional running shoes and the totally barefoot styles. I do have a short toe box for my foot, so I wear a woman's 10 but that left me with quite a bit of room in the toes (so be careful with box jumps if you have this same issue). Took these for a two-mile run on concrete sidewalks yesterday and they were great.

Brands I'd also recommend: Vibram Five-Fingers; Merrell

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 9, 2012

Lewis R

 

Great shoes for cross fit. Fit is firm and stable for living and various other types of workouts. Zappos is the best place to shop for shoes hands down.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 9, 2012

Cory

from Virginia

First pair of minimalist shoes I have owned and they didn't let me down. Now when I go back to wearing my cushy Asics and Brooks they don't feel nearly as comfortable as before. Define buy if you are in the market.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 9, 2012

Dionne S

from United States

I purchased these shoes for CrossFit. They Okay, but I had a lot of extra room in the toe box and the heel was tight enough to prevent slippage. I decided to try the Merrell Barefoot Lithe Glove and they fit my more narrow foot like a glove, so I am returning this pair. Overall I think it's a quality product, it just does not fit my foot as well as it should.

Brands I'd also recommend: Merrell Barefoot Lithe Glove

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 7, 2012

Jake

 

I've only had the shoe for a few days but so far so good. I found them to run at least a half size large but I kept them anyway. They keep my feet really cool and dry and they are super light.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 7, 2012

Anonymous

from Houston, Texas

I use these shoes in the gym. They are surprisingly comfortable given the lack of support and snug fit. I have found them to add stability to movements such as squats and deadlifts, and calf exercises are much more effective.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt narrower than marked

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 6, 2012

Linda

from San Diego, CA

This shoes rock! I'm glad I didn't listen to other to go half size small/big. I went with my size and it was a perfect fit. Perfect for running & leg workout day.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 4, 2012

Anonymous

from Virginia Beach, Va.

Love this shoe! Use it for crossfit and I can wear anytime. I can run in it without the discomfort I have with the NB.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 3, 2012

Anonymous

 

Great for Crossfit. Previously used Merrells and the NB Minimus but these offer a bit more support without being too much shoe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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