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A lightweight and flexible near-barefoot shoe, the Inov-8 Bare-X 180 provides no cushioning and offers an extra-firm ride.



No extras here, the Inov8 Bare-X 180 is all about your feet and the road, with as little as possible in between. A light upper wraps the foot in breathable mesh, and the ultra flexible outsole will bend any way your foot can, keeping you well connected to the ground.

Model Number:

Weight:  6.4 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (6mm), Forefoot (6mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D)

  • Sizing: Fits large; purchase 1/2 size smaller than standard running shoe size
  • Heel: Medium to narrow
  • Midfoot: Low to medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box Height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Low
  • Shoe Shape: Curved


The Bare-X 180 is a minimum feature, minimum neutral trail shoe designed for road racing.


  • For a barefoot experience, this shoe contains no additional cushioning technologies.


  • Zero Arrow Shoc-Zone provides minimal underfoot cushioning and a 0 mm heel-to-toe drop for a true barefoot experience. This is Inov8's lowest level of cushioning on their 0-4 arrow scale.


  • Synthetic Mesh covers the upper for lightweight, breathable coverage.
  • TPU Lacing Support uses TPU lacing supports for a strong, lightweight and secure fit. 
  • 3mm Footbed for additional underfoot comfort.


  • Bare-X is a minimalist road outsole that is built to follow the natural shape of the human foot.
  • Sticky Rubber for optimal performance and maximized grip in wet conditions.
  • Meta-Flex groove is located at the forefoot to encourage natural forefoot flex during toe-off.


  • Anatomic Last follows the natural shape of the human foot for a close and comfortable fit.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: This may be my favorite "barefoot" shoe. Fantastic flexibility and proprioception. It feels more natural than my VFF Bikilas. I use zero-drop shoes, low-drop shoes, and super-light racing flats. This will be my go-to on days when I want superior ground feel with no lift. It's easy to run a nice, natural cadence with these.
From: Cornelius, NC, USA