If you’re more inspired than awed (it’s ok to be both — we are) by our Jeremy Berger’s recent Ironman quest, we’ve got your shoe: the Salomon S-Lab Sense ($200). Developed through collaboration between designers and world-class trail runners, the Sense is laden with top performance features specifically designed to enable forefoot running: lightweight construction (8.5 ounces), breathable open mesh, internal fit sleeve to reduce blister-inducing rub, low (4mm) heel drop and a reinforced forefoot for trail protection. The Quicklace system means these kicks are easy-on/easy-off — slip your foot in and snug the toggle to tighten the Kevlar loop, and reverse to remove. What all this translates to is a shoe that feels light and natural but comforts and protects your feet as you pound them mercilessly against dirt, stones and other nasty objects.
For further motivation, watch Kilian Jornet’s video journal of his efforts to translate a third-place finish at the 2010 Western States 100 to victory in 2011 with Salomon’s help. If these shoes, along with Jeremy’s and Kilian’s focused work ethic, don’t get you off the couch, check your wrist for a pulse.
Buy Now: $200