7 years later, here are the best of the best minimalist shoes I've ever wear tested and still run in today!
Category: Shoe Reviews
Named after eleven thousand feet of pure Utah peak ruggedness, the Lone Peak 3.0 is the latest version of the trail shoe that started it all for Altra. They've added additional protection to the upper for increased durability and protection when the trail starts to bite back.
The new Topo Athletic Fli-Lyte 2 offers a soft, highly-responsive ride, suitable for a variety of distances and speeds. The updated upper mesh offers additional structure and durability without affecting weight or breathability.
Guest Post by Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, Natural Running Center, Two Rivers Treads. I have been loving my Shamma Running Sandals well over 2 years now. I have run hundreds of miles of training runs, 2 marathons, and an Ultra. When traveling now the only footwear I bring is a pair of sandals unless it’s cold or I need something formal.
The VIVOBAREFOOT PRIMUS Lux is a heel-to-toe leather shoe designed for the kind of wild moves that only natural materials can provide. The ultra-minimalist VB PRIMUS Lux is built for the urban playground and lets your feet breathe naturally every step of the way.
The original fit and feel of the Minimus Trail 10 is back. With an upper made of flexible synthetic/mesh materials and a Vibram® outsole with flex grooves, this men's trail running shoe offers the traction and durability you need to run on rocky trails.
Altra King MT is made for runners who embrace mud, rocks and burly mountain climbs featuring a Vibram outsole with 6 mm lugs designed for optimal lateral breaking, medial gripping and maximum traction in wet, loose and rocky conditions.
Xero Shoes has just launched their first Ipari, the Hana, a closed toe casual slip-on shoe, based on the FeelTrue (as used in Z-Trek) outsole (same 5,000 mile warranty included). Yes, a 'shoe' versus an open toe sandal.
The Pearl Izumi Road N0 v2 is their lightest, race ready, and lowest drop road running shoe with minimal cushioning - the best Pearl Izumi running shoe with proprioception for the minimalist runner. The Road N0 v2 delivers a smooth and,responsive ride with great ground feel on both road and trails.
The new Altra Zero Drop Torin 2.5 maintains the lightweight, cushioned, and form-improving benefits of its predecessor with a new look and extra flexibility. The FootShape toe box allows your toes to spread out naturally for more stability and speed.
It has been over 18 months since I published the original Dress & Business Casual Minimalist Shoes, the most popular post on our site. This updated post highlight the latest available versions of the models covered in our original guide in addition to any new models introduced since then.
The new MT2 uppers has a breathable mesh with stronger midfoot overlays and a fully gusseted tongue. The toe box is roomier and has a better fit for my foot than the original version. By being sockless, I can feel every imperfection in a shoe design on every run that I go on and in varying terrains.
By popular fan demand and a campaign to #BRINGBACKAQUA, a classic VIVOBAREFOOT shoe has returned. VIVOBAREFOOT has refined the design and improved the materials to enhance this old friend: the Aqua is back. Reborn. Improved materials and refined design.