I have used pair of Feelmax Panka over a year and half and it’s still funny. Panka is my first minimalistic shoe – and it has set my list quite high comparing the other minimalistic shoes I have tried during this year and a half.
How to describe the shoe, which don’t feel like a shoe? It feels like going barefoot all the time without any risk to injury. Shoes are light (about 100 g), flexible all directions, fits like a sock and sole protects you well from both sharp stones, pointy sticks and glass etc..
I have full contact to the ground all the time – I feel the differences at the ground (even small stones). I activate my small muscles under my feet all the time. I already feel better control on my toes with all directions.
I have done lot of bodyweight exercises with Feelmax on and it really works! Easier to train outside when I don’t have to consider all “grains” on the ground and Feelmax doesn’t inhibit any movement my ankles and toes.
I have used Panka in “citytour” with hard underground during whole day and I don’t feel my feet more tired than with other shoes – maybe even better? I feel all differences on the ground with my feet and adapt my weightbalance after that.
I have been running with Feelmax and it is wonderful. I think I ran “faster than ever”. It felt very light to run – like after taking away heavy backpack. I have tested Feelmax Panka at the mountains – My friends said I’m crazy because I should have steady mountain shoes to go to the mountains. Trip was 8 hours going with relatively light backpack about 1500 m over sea level – lots of stones, wet, slippery, swamp etc. I felt me more secure to go with Feelmax than my mountain shoes which was hanging on my backpack. The lightness of shoes did going very easy and I found always good enough place to set my feet.
These shoes are made for activity/training and generally very good to secure healthy feet.
* ++ Durable: 1.1 mm sole is still working – No holes at all.
* ++ There are not many who can see that these shoes has been on my feet over one year – looks like new (despite one lace head which was loosen on the washing machine)
* — only negative after all: in the Summertime can feel to hot and sweat – specially if you don’t use socks, but I have washed my shoes numerous times on the washing machine (short 40 grades program)…if you do it be sure to let it air-dry properly and loosen up innersole (to let moisture go away between innersole and sole)
“Human foot is a work of art and a masterpiece of engineering.”
–Leonardo da Vinci “