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Minimalist Footwear

Updated on May 12, 2014

Minimalist footwear mimics the feel of going barefoot.

If you enjoy the feeling of going barefoot, but still need the protection that a shoe offers than minimalist footwear is something you should look into. There are many different styles and brands from which you can choose, so there is your dream shoe out there waiting for you to find it.

A Word of Caution

Make sure you ease into Barefoot Running. So many new muscles will be used, it is easy to end up injuring yourself if you don't start slowly.

What is Minimalist Footwear?

This video gives a basic overview of exactly what minimalist footwear is.

Want to learn more about Barefoot Running? - Read this First, then buy the shoes!

The Barefoot Running Book Second Edition: A Practical Guide to the Art and Science of Barefoot and Minimalist Shoe Running
The Barefoot Running Book Second Edition: A Practical Guide to the Art and Science of Barefoot and Minimalist Shoe Running

A great starting point to educate yourself about how to start your barefoot running adventures. I recommend reading this book BEFORE you make the investment in special shoes. Nothing like spending your money before you know what you need!

Women's Black KSO
Women's Black KSO

Vibram Five Fingers

Wiggle those toes!

These are the shoes that I've pretty much settled on getting. My only reservation is that they may contain latex, and I am allergic to latex. I am hoping that by wearing toe socks with these, I will still be able to enjoy them. I also have long toes so I will be trying them on first to make sure they fit right. I want the KSO style as they seem to have all the features that I require.

UPDATE: I decieded on these, and I couldn't be happier. They are incredibly comfortable, and you just throw them in the wash to keep them clean and fresh smelling. They are a great conversation starter, too! I now own three, two KSOs and a Smartwool. They are still my favorite shoe after a summer using them. I can't live without them.

Are you a barefoot runner? - Tell us what you think.

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    • collierlewisjew profile image


      7 years ago

      I'm not sure how running would be in these, I have heard and read good things tho. Thanks for your info on them, great lens!

    • smithlights profile image


      7 years ago

      I don't run, but I wear shoes as little as possible, and when I do, I LOVE my Vibram FiveFingers!

    • kimbesa2 profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Love the barefoot feel, but no, not for me running outdoors. Running is challenging enough!


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