This review of the Invisible Shoe FeelTrue Contact follows my review of the Connect model. If you haven’t done so already, you might want to read the Connect review, as it informs what I’m writing here.
The Contact is the same as the Connect, except that its sole thickness is 6mm rather than 4mm. Like the Connect, you order the Contact according to the length of your foot, from 9″ to 12 3/4″ (22.7 cm to 32.2 cm), though custom sizes are available. The thicker Contact sole offers more protection than the Connect sole, and a “softer” feel. For all that extra thickness (2mm doesn’t sound like much, but it’s noticeable), the Contacts weigh very little – 5.4 oz. for a men’s US size 9, which equates to 153 grams for a EUR size 42.
The Contacts have the same double-chevron sole as the Connects.
Like the Connects, they also have the same subtly curved shape, with a very slight heel cup and an almost unnoticeable lift at the toe area. And the side holes for the laces sit on little “wings” and are pre-punched in what Invisible Shoe says are the “ideal anatomical position. ” (I won’t argue with the latter statement, because they seem to work, on both my Contacts and my Connects.) So, although my Contacts came as a “DIY kit,” all I had to do to make them go was punch a toe hole and lace them up.
I’ve laced my Contacts in the same slip on/slip off way as I have my Connects. Now that I’ve sussed it out, it just makes more sense than the traditional lacing method. Like everything else with the Contacts, it works, right off the bat and well.
So far, I’ve worn my Contacts on short pavement runs and for general street wear. They feel good. With them, I lose some of the “ground feel” that I get with the Connects. But I can see where an increase in protection might come in very handy indeed – and that’s on trails.
I’ve wanted to run trails for quite a while. I have good friends who run trails all the time. Two of my running hereos are Scott Jurek and Anton Krupicka, who are gods of the ultra trail racing world. I’ve been saying for more than a year that I want to run a trail. but I never have, until now.
Because I run barefoot. I run on pavement, I race on pavement. I don’t want to wear shoes, not even minimalist trail shoes. I want to run barefoot on trails, but I’m not up to doing that yet. my feet are well-conditioned, but my form isn’t good enough yet – or maybe I’ve simply lacked the confidence to give it a try.
The Contacts, though, make me want to go on stuff like this…
The regular price of the Contact DIY kit (though there’s precious little DIY to be done) is US$34.95. Right now, as the Contact is being introduced, the folks at Invisible Shoe have lowered the price to US$29.95. Shipping costs are minimal (remember the Contact’s light weight?), so I suggest you get to it right now, and order self a pair of Contacts. Visit the Invisible Shoe site, have a good look at the videos that explain the Contacts and the Connects (there’s a brief one explaining the difference between the two models), and buy yourself a pair.
You may use the Contacts for light trail running, you may use them for street wear, you may run on pavement in them. But use them you will. I guarantee it.
See you on the trails!