Put simply, minimalist running is running in as little shoe as possible while still wearing shoes. Though often referred to as barefoot running shoes, I prefer the term minimalist running shoes as to not confuse minimalist runners with those that actually choose to run completely unshod. Runners that choose minimalist shoes are generally, those that are seeking the benefits of barefoot running without the drawbacks of running barefoot, (frostbite for example).
There are an abundance of barefoot shoe selections, and more and more are emerging as the benefits of minimalist running become better known. Perhaps the most well known Minimalist or barefoot running shoe is the Vibram Five Fingers. Other less radical varieties include Terra Plana Evo, and the much anticipated New Balance Minimus which, though not released yet, looks to be a very promising minimal shoe.
For those that take the minimalist part of minimalist running seriously and would rather not pay $80 to $200 for a pair of barefoot running shoes, some choose to fashion their own sandals in a style similar to that of the Tarahumara runners of Mexico, popularized by Christopher McDougal’s book, Born to Run.
Aquasocks are another alternative to that is gaining ground amongst thrifty barefoot runners.
I have reviewed many of these shoes to provide the most complete information possible. If there is a review you would like to see, leave me a comment. If have worn a minimalist shoe and would like to review it please submit it. If it fits, and I would love to feature it on runnaturally.wordpress.com.
See the guide on how to select a minimalist running shoe
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