Merrell Pure Glove Barefoot Running Shoes
The Merrell is a great running shoe that can be worn by men or women. It is at home on the trail, whether running or hiking, and it is very good for water sports. It is a featherweight weighing less than 5 ounces per shoe, the flexible rubber outsole and flexible midsole make it a good option for minimal footwear. The insole is removable for cleaning and also add a little support. These shoes are also putting some effort into being green, because they are made with recycled material and the glues are water based.
New Balance MT101
The New Balance MT101 does not look as minimal as some of the others reviewed here but it has some great features. New Balance designs all of its shoes to help you strike on the forefoot and midfoot of the sole and reduce heel-strike. All levels of runners will benefit from this shoe design, but it is especially good for the beginner barefoot runner. It features a high traction sole and moisture-wicking and antibacterial liners. New Balance always puts out a quality shoe and they have something for everyone. This shoe will not disappoint.
Vibram Five Fingers Sprint
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you have probably seen or heard of the Vibram shoes. They are the most unique looking barefoot running shoes in the lineup. You may have to get used to the feel of the shoes since your toes are isolated, but the barefoot feel is worth it. The Sprint is a great model of shoe because it is the most versatile out of the Vibrams. You can use it is the water, at the gym, performing yoga, or just walking around the mall. Beware, if you wear them to the mall be prepared for strangers to ask you about them! I have enjoyed my pair a lot. I would recomend them to anyone, but not as your primary running shoe. I use mine about 75 percent of the time for outdoor activities and short runs.
A loved Finnish shoe, the Feelmax Kuusaa has been a hit since it has recently been imported. Each shoe weighs no more than 5 ounces, and fits like a glove on your foot. The sole have a great balance of flexibility but also thick enough to protect from the elements. This is a nice addition to your light shoe collection.
Nike Free 7.0
The Nike Free is a good looking shoe, and the nicest looking out of our lineup. The shoe does offer a little support, more than some of the other shoes we have reviewed. It is a good shoe for those who want to gradually start to run barefoot but have not made the switch yet. Nike rates their free series of shoes from 1 to 10 so this shoe being a 7 is a good beginners shoe to this minimal running lifestyle. You can not go wrong with Nike. The price is right too.