I just bought a pair of these at the Zappos outlet. I figured for $25 I'd give them a try, but I'm not so sure about them. I also bought a pair of Merrell Bare Access Arcs and my friend is going to hopefully be taking one of those two pairs, but from the phone description she's leaning towards the Merrells. I want to like the Inov-8s better. They look nicer and have less heel cushioning and appear like they SHOULD be the more barefoot alternative... but they are stiff and I am a horrible judge on whether shoes will break in or not. If they break in and soften on the soles, I think they will be excellent full foot alternatives to my VFFs, especially for colder weather. But if they don't, I just wasted my $25 and they will take up room in my closet.
Anyone bought these before? Do they break in and soften?
Also, sidenote, while I was there I found a pair of the Evoskins in my size and tried them on. I had them on for 30 seconds before I HAD to get them off my feet as fast as humanly possible. They feel SO icky and slimy and sticky! Why would they use that horribly slimy feeling type of rubber and have it be totally unbreathable? I would even go so far as to say I preferred the Fila Skeletoes to that mess.