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Volcom Soul Mates Review

Volcom currently offer two styles with a zero drop, Soul Mates and One Way. Depending which country you’re in, there are a variety of colour ways and patterns available, including leopard print, snakeskin and colour block styles (very in line with one of the SS15 runway trends).

At the moment, the German Volcom store only offers the champagne version (pictured), which wouldn’t usually be my first choice as I’m not the biggest fan of the shimmer, but it does make the shoe that bit smarter and therefore means it works as an evening option.

The style in general lends itself well to both dressing up or down and in that way is very versatile – from experience I can say that it isn’t easy finding a minimalist shoe that you can easily dress up.

But to be a truly barefoot option it does needs to have more than just a flat heel…

Barefoot Profile

Volcom Soul Mates Review

HEEL (5/5) – zero drop

Volcom Soul Mates Review

TOE BOX (2/5) – I’m able to move my toes a little – although I do have quite narrow feet – but in comparison to the ‘official’ barefoot styles movement is a lot more restricted in these, especially as the canvas upper doesn’t have much give to it.

Volcom Soul Mates Review

SOLE (3/5) – although very thin, the sole is quite stiff so there’s not a huge amount of flexibility and you don’t really feel much underfoot when walking on an uneven surface (sadly no foot massage in these).

Volcom Soul Mates Review

UPPER (5/5) – well attached so no toe-gripping required.

Based on the above, I would say that these are a great minimalist shoe option for certain occasions but I personally wouldn’t want to wear them all-day long too often or when doing a lot of walking mainly because of the amount that the toes are restricted.

Detail images via volcom.com

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