In Rome’s Olympic Marathon of 1960, an Ethiopian man named Abebe Bikila ran through Roman streets barefoot to win the Olympic gold medal with a stunning world-record at 2:15:16.2. This isn’t an isolated incident – for a long time, we’ve known that running without shoes or opting for minimalistic shoe...
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The third iteration of New Balance’s 730 is its most lightweight, flexible, fast 730 yet. The engineers at New Balance listened to their runners and redesigned the 730 to make it even faster and more versatile. This is a minimalist shoe with a low heel drop that is not designed for the runner who nee...
Back in 1984, Nike had a design team known as HTM made up of three designers: Hiroshi Fukiwara, Tinker Hatfield, and Mark Parker. They designed the company’s groundbreaking simplicity-inspired Sock Dart which was Nike’s founder Bill Bowerman’s vision of a “sock with a sole”. This unique sneaker silh...
There are many brands of footwear that have consistently created excellent products that can service a wide range of needs at affordable prices. However, only a few of these products and manufacturers are immediately recognizable to consumers, which has the unfortunate consequence of limiting exposur...
The Adidas NMD line prioritizes comfort, flexibility, and minimalistic style above all other features, and their Racer Primeknit model is no exception. Because this shoe is not equipped with many of the same features as other NMD designs and has not been on the market as long as Adidas’s other casual...
Altra has gained somewhat of a cult following for their zero-drop running shoes. While other shoe companies continue to convince us to cram our feet and toes into narrow shaped vessels, Altra introduced the foot-shaped toe box. A hit amongst wide footed runners especially, the roomier design is more ...
When it comes to running shoes, brands can be organized into different calibers or tiers. There are the extremely popular brands that provide both excellent style and performance, such as Nike and Adidas. Then there are the lesser known brands that provide an excellent sense of style with generally d...
Merrell has perfectly combined style and performance in this shoe. The Trail Glove 4 Knit features their signature zero drop, barefoot feel that keeps runners connected with the trail or road below them and provides them with a stable base for running and hiking. The entire shoe weighs a mere .6 ounc...
Sock-like sneakers are trendy right now, and with the release of the new NikeLab Veil runner, Nike has put their mark on this new trend. Designed for short training runs, it is in many ways a minimalist shoe, and contains several exciting technologies. The Innovative Nike Free Sole is flexible, comfo...
Vivobarefoot—the name means “I live barefoot” when translated from Spanish—produces barefoot minimalist running shoes for those athletes who want to take a walk in their ancestors' footsteps. The Primus Trail FG by Vivobarefoot is a barefoot minimalist trail running shoe, and it may be one of their b...
The Merrell Vapor Glove 3 is a minimalist trail-specific shoe for runners who are interested in barefoot-style running. There is no pretending here, this shoe is a true minimalist option. There is no rock plate and no cushioning to soften any impact. Running in these requires a bit of experience and ...
In recent years, Reebok has not only become the official sponsor of the CrossFit games, they have also become a leading name in creating gear that helps athletes excel at the sport. The Speed TR 2.0 follows suit and provides athletes with a shoe is this perfectly designed for HIIT, CrossFit, Bootcamp...