Last year we checked out the Skora Form, a high-end, minimalist pair of running shoes, complete with goat-skin tops. They did some things right, but were ultimately ergonomically lacking. The year Skora has come out with the Core, and the little refinements go a very long way.
Last year when we reviewed New Balance's Minimus Trail Zeros, we were blown away by the lightness, but hated the fit. The Minimus 10v2 Trail is New Balance's slightly less minimal shoe for 2013, and while it isn't perfect, it's definitely a step in the right direction.
Last year's Road Glove, with its spacious toe-box and foot-hugging upper, was our favorite minimal shoe for running. So, with the release of the Road Glove 2, we just had to see if the sequel was more Godfather II or Major League II.
When you're running "barefoot style," you have be careful as you're building strength. Try to run too far or too fast in minimal shoes, and you could really hurt yourself. Brooks' all-new PureDrift is yet another shoe designed to bridge the gap between cushioning and minimalism. Let's see if it can succeed where…
The whole minimalist running shoe craze is still on the rise, and doesn't show signs of slowing any time soon. There are a lot of great minimalist shoes at entry level prices, but what if you want something high-end?
In the quest for the most extremely minimal running shoe, things are getting crazy. New Balance's latest entry is an absolute featherweight for trail running. But does it have what it takes to be the best?
So, you've heard about all of this minimalist, "barefoot-style" running, and you want in. Thing is, those toe-shoes look really weird. You don't want any padding, but you don't want your foot pierced by rocks either. Is there a balance point? Yes, there is.
I'm wearing the new Adidas adipure Trainers right now. They're barefoot shoes. My toes are spread apart (which is good), my feet are closer to the ground (which is great) and I feel like an ass (which is normal). Adidas says it'll make me a better athlete.