Kigo Minimal Shoes: Casual or Runners?

This is the kigo flit shoe.

Kigo shoes are all minimal, zero drop, flexible and lightweight. They are designed to complement everyday attire, but also be strong enough for sports. The uppers are made from recycled materials and the packaging is designed to reduce waste.

The Flit model is super comfy and it is going to be my go-to shoe for the winter, I can already tell. (I usually keep a pair of slip-on shoes somewhere near the door and end up wearing those shoes every time I go anywhere. Most summers it is flip-flops. This summer, post cast, it has been my yoga sandals. When temps drop, it will be the kigos even more than it was when they first arrived.)

I don’t think I will run in these but it is an available option. While I find the shoes comfy, they surprisingly leave criss-cross lines embedded on the top of my foot, like they are pressing in too much. They’re definitely not too small and they feel fine… maybe the strap is just something that needs to loosen up a little over time?


The “fine print” on the packaging:

Keep it Clean: Kigos are H20 and stain resistant. If they need more than a wipe-off, a gentle washer (water-only) & air drying is best.

Keep it Going: Your kigos are built with non-toxic, post-consumer and recycle materials. Please re-use and recycle the box & all its contents.

Keep it Simple: If you plan to run in your kigos, take it slow. Consult resources like ChiRunning & POSE Method for tips & coaches.

I like the philosophy of the kigo company and would consider getting other pairs of these.  I don’t want to wear shoes with built-up heels… unless I’m purposely slipping on heels.  (I’m not going to give that option up completely!)

Legalese: The kigos were provided to me free of charge, I was not required to say anything in particular about the shoes. This post contains my own thoughts.


  1. I got those same shoes for my trip to Italy. Had to go through three pairs all in same size before a pair fit okay on both feet. They tend to have some production issues when it comes to size I think, as I’ve seen other complaints online. One pair came with one of the shoes a good two inches shorter than the other. The next pair came with one super tight and one super loose. The third pair kind of sagged a little around my mid-foot, but were comfortable. They were super comfortable around Italy and on the flights. But they stink! After three weeks in Italy, worn only a handful of times on cool days, they stink! I switched between my sandals, my VivoBarefoot Evo II for running, a pair of heels for formal dinners, and my Kigos. I didn’t event use the Kigos until the weather cooled down. Only the Kigos smell. I took the insoles out after a couple days to see if that helped. I haven’t had an issue with stinky shoes since I tried Tom’s out a few years back and never before or after! It may have been the light drizzle on one cold Roman day or just the material in general, but they have been retired already.

    • Wow! Thanks for the feedback Kristie! I live in the desert, so it’s super dry here… maybe that has helped keep some funk at bay for me thus far. But that’s definitely strange about the variations in fit, on the same size! Good tip to know!

  2. […] funk is kind of inevitable, especially if you wear shoes without socks. I wear my kigo shoes A LOT, they are my go-to shoe because they are easy to slip on as I’m heading out the […]

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