Teva has been a long time leading outdoor footwear brand, and is known for making great quality water shoes and sandals. (See Hiking Lady’s review of the Teva Omnium Water Shoe). Now they have an innovative new footwear line called the TevaSphere that we’ve been putting to the test!
The TevaSphere collection uses a modular pod based arch support system and a spherical heel. What does this mean for the user? You get the best of both worlds – the lightweight and natural movement of minimalist footwear along with superior stability and support. The team at Teva has gone through extensive testing and analysis of the human foot, the optimal points of impact, and ideal stability. What they’ve come up with is the TevaSphere, a shoe that is unique in design and feel.
As you can see in the pictures, the TevaSphere has two design elements unlike other trail shoes: a spherical heel and a pod based arch support system. When your heel strikes the ground, Teva’s studies showed that a spherical heel allows for an efficient transition, regardless of how your foot strikes the ground. It reduces how much you “brake”, and makes it more efficient to transition into your next stride. The second unique element, the arch support pod, provides a broader stability zone.
How does it feel to wearing the TevaSphere Trail? The main noticeable difference compared to other minimalist shoes is that they are very stable – it felt like it would be nearly impossible to twist my ankle given the stability pods. They definitely are durable trail running shoes, and while I did not feel like I ran any faster than normal due to the more efficient transition from striking the ground on a spherical heel, the lightweight feel combined with the stability make them a unique minimalist running shoe.
- Price: $120.00
- Weight: 9.0oz (women’s)
Remember to check out Hiking Lady’s 10 Tips for Hiking Boot Shopping, including why you should generally order 1/2 size larger than your street shoes.