Wear Tested Gear Review Shoe of the Year

Our inaugural annual tradition of picking the best minimalist shoes we have wear tested for the full year. We start with just the single most incredible and best minimalist running shoe for 2013 – Topo Athletic Speed Trainer ST.

The Topo Athletic ST met all the strict primary requirements for a great pair of minimalist running shoes (without any exceptions):

  • Soft and breathable uppers
  • Wide forefoot toe box (fits 2E+ width feet)
  • Lightweight and preferably less than 7 ounces
  • Shoe tongue does not slide when running or walking
  • Soft, thin, and flexible outsole (laterally and longitudinally)
  • Smooth footbed allow running sockless without hot spots or blisters
  • Midfoot/Toe stack height of less than 15mm
  • Low to zero drop differential
  • Great traction on rubber track for speed work
  • Great traction on asphalt and hilly non-technical trails
  • Shoes lace materials does not make it come untied easily
  • Heel does not hurt when walking in the shoes
  • Affordable pricing