Men's Strand Lightweight Trainer

Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
Fit Tip: We recommend you order a half size larger than your regular running shoe.

The classic that started it all. The Strand is our answer to traditional lightweight “trainers.” Our specialized EVA midsole cushions hard surfaces while maintaining a barefoot feel, while strategic rubber treads at critical anatomical wear points offer next–level traction. This all-day, any-occasion sneaker is perfect for folks who are new to minimalist footwear.


The Strand is our answer to traditional lightweight “trainers.” The peluva EVA midsole cushions hard surfaces while maintaining a barefoot feel. The rubber treads are strategically placed at critical anatomical wear points and offer exceptional traction even on wetter surfaces. 

Best For: Walking, hiking, urban trekking, cycling, and almost all gym workouts.

Minimalist Attributes: Zero Drop, 9 mm stack height, peluva 300 Series midsole

Decrease Discomfort & Injury Improve Balance & Stability Increase Strength & Mobility Enhance Flexibility & Proprioception Promote Ideal Posture & Alignment
Specs & Materials

Weight: 7.2 oz.

Upper Material: Poly Blend Lycra

Insole: Performance Polyester Sockliner

Midsole: Peluva EVA 300 Series

Outsole: Rubber

Care Guide
We recommend hand-washing your Peluvas with mild detergent. In the event that they get super dirty, you can machine wash the non-leather models in warm water and allow them to air dry. If you are spending time sockless and notice any odors, you might try some medicated foot powder inside once in a while.

Finally, a Design without Compromise

Finally, a Design without Compromise

Feel the Difference

Natural Movement

Let feet be feet to relax, realign, and strengthen your foundation with every step

Smart Comfort

All-day, 'any-wear' support on hard surfaces to rugged terrains without sacrificing ground-feel

Elevated Style

Performance design, premium materials, and stylish aesthetic for versatile, modern wear

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"The Strand is... no joke, two wafers of heaven encasing my feet. The ability to have an individual spot for each toe is so comfortable, while the overall fit and feel are just fantastic."

Robb Wolf
New York Times/Wall Street Journal best-selling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired to Eat.
A design without compromise


Finally, a Design without Compromise

After two years of prototyping, we've built our dream shoe. We're proud to introduce the first minimalist shoe that delivers all three crucial criteria: comfort, function, and style. Our integrative design optimizes your movement to keep it natural, simple, and foundational, to let feet be feet, so you can be the best you.

Aiming to Change the way the World Walks
Increase Balance
Increase Flexibility
Increase Mobility
Decrease Discomfort
Increase Groundfeel
Worn in the wild
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Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
Based on 93 reviews
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93 reviews
  • WQ
    William Q.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    4 weeks ago
    Comfortable and great alternative to VFF's

    Received these recently. Peluva Strand, in Black/White, size US 10 (mens).

    I wear EU43 on most shoes, including VFF's, which would be about 9.5 in most shoes, but given their website recommendations suggested by StrufFit, I went with the recommended size 10. It was spot on - the shoes fit great (wearing them right now with the thin socks - I will report later on the thicker socks).

    I had various Lems (Primal Zen, Primal 2, and 9to5), and once I got used to the VFF's, I "had" to sell the Lems as they felt "spongy" soft. I have to admit I was worried about these Peluvas being the same/similar, since they have a rather "thick" 9mm stack, but after wearing them today all afternoon, the insoles in these are not "soft" - not like the Lems.

    You can totally feel the higher/thick 9mm insole compared to my trusty VFF's (here compared to my V-Alphas) but whatever the material/density is, they feel fairly firm.

    The upper is very comfy, and the shoe is wide enough for me. So far, so good . I will report more as I put some miles in them.

  • EB
    Erik B.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 month ago
    I had my doubts, but...

    First off let me congratulate the customer service at Peluva. I used the digital app to determine size and it was a bit tight. Reached out to customer service and they provided a shipping label to send the old size in and I got the new 1 size up replacement in about 4 days. Secondly, due to the unconventional nature of the shoe I had my doubts regarding comfort and ease of wear. Those doubts have been smashed this is perhaps the most comfortable shoe I own and within two days I'm able to slide my feet in without untying the shoe. As a bonus the synthetic material on the upper is very breathable and super easy to clean with a damp towel. Overall, very pleased with my purchase.

  • RD
    Robert D L B.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 month ago
    Wicked Comfort

    At age 68 and a long time wearer of minimalist toe shoes I find these the most comfortable I've ever worn. I train in them every day and unlike the other brands I've worn, these are stylish enough to wear in the office.

  • ME
    Michael E.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 month ago
    I like them

    Only worn them for 3 days but so far I am very happy, and as long as they last for a reasonable amount of time I will continue to recommend them.

    P.S. I have Ascended past wearing socks with sandals now I can wear shoes with sandals

  • KG
    Kristi G.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    1 month ago
    Want to give 5 stars

    I really love these shoes but I have very sensitive feet and the seam that comes up under the big toes bothers me enough to take a star away. I got some toe socks and that does help but even with socks if I tried to wear them and walk in them for a long period I think I'd have a problem.

    They are great for my Morton's neuroma, for the most part I don't feel it when wearing these shoes.

    I also think generally they are really going to help me improve my foot health.

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