I bought a pair of Nike Hyperfeel shoes and they are amazing to run in, but I now have huge blisters on my both of my ankles and a small one on the ball of my left foot.

I got the impression that the point of these shoes was that you didn't need socks, am I wrong should I have worn socks?

The irritating thing is I think the blisters are from the periods I was walking between intervals rather than when I was running in the shoes as I toe strike rather than heel strike and the blisters only hurt when I was walking.

This isn't my first pair of minimalist shoes I previously had a pair of Kinvara 4s but I wore socks with them.

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    Blisters are a reaction to a new stimulus/irritation. They will go away over time and develop calluses.
    – JohnP
    Mar 9, 2014 at 15:17
  • Yes but should I be wearing socks with these shoes or not? I accept the blisters will heal and I'll probably alternate between the Kinvara and the Hyperfeel until I've worked up enough callus to be able to mostly use the Hyperfeel. Mar 10, 2014 at 16:07
  • I already voted to close your question as primarily opinion based. Do what feels best for you.
    – JohnP
    Mar 10, 2014 at 16:13
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    Is it opinion based? I genuinely want to know whether you are SUPPOSED TO wear socks with these shoes or whether they are designed to not require socks. I can rephrase the question to that effect if that would help. Mar 10, 2014 at 16:16
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    "Gear and gadgets used during exercise" are on-topic for this site. I think this would include running shoes. However, you might rephrase this question as "How can I avoid getting blisters with my Nike Hyperfeel shoes?" and define how you are using the product to come up with that result. This way you are presenting the problem that you have with the gear itself, and not asking a question which could be considered far more "opinion-based." There may still be a lot of YMMV in the answers that could be provided, but you'll get some good ideas as well. May 2, 2014 at 21:17

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The Nike Hyperfeel Shoes are intended to offer a light, barefoot feel. However, if they are causing blisters for the user then it would be advised to use a low no-show sock with them to prevent the blisters.

If you’re looking for a completely unique barefoot feel experience check out the Nike Free 1.0 Cross Bionic

Here is a newer shoe that may fill your need.

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