A new movement is afoot, and it's gaining traction: pared-down shoes that mimic the feeling of running, walking and training barefoot. Learn why less really is more.
You'll Take a Load OffLevel soles encourage a forefoot strike, which reduces impact on your joints. (In standard sneaks, you're more likely to land on your heels.)
You'll Burn More CaloriesWithout the typical support, tiny foot muscles are suddenly called into action, increasing your sizzle with every step.
You'll Be Fleet-FootedBecause you're in closer contact with the ground, it's easier to grip, so you feel more agile.
Touchy-FeelyThe 76 sensor pads on the Reebok RealFlex ($90) give its sole extra flexibility, helping you push off your toes when you run.
Groove OnZig and zag. It's no drag in the Nike Free TR ($85), a cross-trainer with flexible grooved soles.
Funky TownSticky-soled Vibram FiveFingers Jaya ($85) separates toes, aiding balance during any activity.
Run FreeThe New Balance NB Minimus ($100) has no interior stitching, so you can slip in sans socks.
Make TracksA protective rubber bumper on the Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove ($100) lets you prevail on rocky trails.
Smart StartSuper small cushions in the Asics GEL-Blur33 ($85) ease your segue to the minimalist trend.
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