Back in ’11, when Christopher McDougall got everyone jacked up on the minimalist movement and natural running, joggers were quickstepping en masse onto the track and trail. Then came the backlash: those saying minimalism leads to injury, hurting more than it helps. Minimalist supporters (ourselves included) stood by their sleek shoes, and now manufacturers are pushing shoe tech to find sacred middle ground, offering lightweight, responsive shoes with enough cushion and stability to prevent injury. These 10 minimalist shoes are the best of the new breed.
Minimalism is still alive and kicking