2012 Minimalist Shoes

2012 Minimalist Shoes

This review represents our second look at the relatively new category of minimalist shoes. The question of just what constitutes a minimal shoe revolves around three hotly debated characteristics: heel-to-toe drop, support, and overall weight. For the purpose of our reviews, we define a minimal drop as 5-millimeters or less, minimal support as a shoe that can fold down the heel of the upper toward the innersole (or pinch the sides of the heel together) with little midsole/outersole structure, with a weight of under 10 ounces for a men’s size 11. Shoes that satisfy at least two of these three standards we categorize as minimalist. Your use of minimalist shoes will be determined by your fitness, size, and preferences, but all runners can benefit from a minimal shoe for at least some of their running.

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1 Vivobarefoot Breatho Trail $90
2 Skora Base $110
3 Skechers GoRun $80
4 New Balance Minimus Zero Road $110
5 K-Swiss Blade Foot Run $90
6 Fila SkeleToes Lite $75
7 Brooks Pure Connect $90
8 Altra Adam/Eve $80