The Zemgear Terra features a Split Toe design that isolates the big toe from the rest of the toes, something you would have found in traditional Ninja shoes or Tabi boots from Japan.
Isolating the big toe enhances the natural grip of the big toe. I’ve never been totally comfortable with 5-toed shoes in the way they separate my smaller toes after years of being crunched together, something I suppose I could get used to. But after trying this shoe I question whether five separate toes is necessary.
The Terra felt comfortable from the start, and I could immediately feel the lightness and agility of the minimalist, almost barefoot affect. The Terra offers a minimalist 4-way stretch fabric uppers to provide a sock-like fit and comfort, and a rolled heel and toe bumpers to protect your heel and toes. We tried this on the river, and it was a most comfortable companion in the boat and on the rocky shore.
Outsoles are made from recycled rubber. The traction pods and water dispersion channels made clambering on slippery rocks a joy. Urethane bands crisscross the instep to tie it all together with reflective color.