Best Barefoot & Minimal Running Shoes 2019

The barefoot running boom that followed the publication of Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run had everyone swapping their chunky road runners for stripped down shoes that resembled school plimsolls from the seventies. Running footwear companies jumped on the bandwagon and started flooding the market with their own individual takes on minimalist footwear.

Those days have gone and most of those early minimal models have been discontinued but there are still plenty of good low and zero drop shoes on the market if you’re interested in taking a more natural approach to running. Although finding the most appropriate one for you can be tricky. The best thing to do is visit one of our stores, so we can check your foot strike and give you a personalised shoe fitting.

Meanwhile, let's break it down a bit:

Minimal Running Shoes

If you're transitioning to minimal running or you want a bit more protection than a barefoot shoe gives you, this is the category to look at.

One of the main lessons the barefoot running phenomenon has taught us is that you run differently in a shoe with a thick cushioned heel than you do barefoot. With the first you strike heavily on the heel, with the foot in front of the body and a lot of shock goes up the leg. Barefoot, you land on the middle or front of the foot and the legs stay under the body, causing less stress to the leg.

The heel in conventional running shoes is typically around 12mm higher than the forefoot. In minimal running shoes it's between zero and 6mm higher to take out some of the heel impact and move you towards a more midfoot or forefoot strike.

The Best Minimal Shoes for a Neutral Runner

  • On Cloud: On's iconic Cloud design features hollow "Cloud" elements affixed to a flexible "Speedboard" and separated by a central channel. Each element moves individually to reduce the shock forces going up the leg. The separated nature of the midsole creates a super-flexible landing platform which is soft on impact but firms up for take off as the Clouds squish together. comes with elasticated laces for easy access and traditional laces for those who prefer them. 
  • Saucony Kinvara: Saucony's original minimal running shoe has stood the test of time. Thin, highly breathable uppers and a flexible midsole with a top layer of Saucony’s energy-returning Everun cushioning. The Kinvara is used by many as a lightweight long distance running shoe or as a faster option for speedwork and racing.
  • Brooks PureFlow: The PureFlow has evolved a lot since its introduction six years ago. It’s lost the toe split and arch wrap it started off with. Now a BioMogo DNA LT midsole with tons of flex grooves offers you a cushioned yet super flexible ride for an unrestricted run with good ground contact. A rounded heel helps to align the foot under the body for a more natural leg position while running.
  • Altra Escalante: All Altra shoes have a wide and rounded 'foot shaped' toe box which permits your toes to spread out while running. This in turn helps with balance - when the big toe is straight, the foot is more stable. They're built on a zero drop platform so that the heel and forefoot are at the same distance from the ground which sets the body up in a more biomechanically efficient position and helps reduce the possibility of injury. The Escalante is one of Altra's most minimal shoes – a 25mm thick 'Ego' midsole gives flexible and responsive cushioning without excess bulk. The upper is a stretchy knitted mesh which offers a comfy, adaptable fit.

The Best Minimal Shoes for an Over-Pronator

  • Brooks PureCadence: If your feet collapse inwards when you run and you need an anti-pronation shoe but you fancy a lower drop option, consider the Brooks PureCadence. GuideRails combine with a flared midsole to ease overpronating feet gently into a more upright position. A BioMogo DNA midsole gives enough cushioning for long distance running. Light and flexible enough for short fast running as well.
  • New Balance Vongo: The Vongo's Fresh Foam midsole offers all the cushioning of a regular road running shoe but in a 4mm drop option. More of the Fresh Foam material is packed into the medial side of the shoe to make it firmer and more supportive against pronation without the need for the dense stability wedge used in traditional anti-pronation shoes. A soft, seamless engineered mesh upper gives a comfortable and well-held fit.

The Best Minimal Trail Running Shoes

  • Saucony Peregrine: Off-road running offers a good opportunity to try out a more minimal shoe. Softer ground means there’s less impact on the legs and a thinner midsole allows you to feel your way when the terrain is uneven. Saucony’s Peregine has a sticky rubber outsole with grippy lugs to stop you slipping in the boggy patches.  An Everun topsole gives you cushioning on the harder stuff.
  • Inov-8 TrailTalon 235: Even closer to the ground, the TrailTalon 235 has a pared down, flexible midsole with a  4mm tread that's designed to shed mud and debris as you run along. Wide in the toe box so you can spread your toes. Great for hard packed trails.
  • New Balance MT10 and WT10: The New Balance Minimus trail has a cult following among the serious lovers of minimal footwear. Very close to the ground to give you optimum ground feel with a thin EVA midsole which offers a small amount of cushioning. A hard wearing Vibram outsole with small lugs means you can use it both on and off road.
  • Altra Lone Peak: Lone Peak boasts the wide, footshaped toebox and zero drop platform characteristic of Altra with a variety of trail features. A sticky rubber outsole with a TrailClaw lug pattern gives traction in wet and boggy conditions. Lugs are positioned directly beneath the metatarsals to hold the ground better when ascending or descending. Quick Dry air mesh keeps out the dirt and drainage holes let the water drain out if you go through a puddle. A rock plate protects the foot from sharp stones.

Barefoot Running Shoes

Barefoot Running ShoesFor the serious barefoot runner all of the time, for everyone else some of the time. Some people do all their running happily in a barefoot shoe, others use them as a strengthening tool for their feet.

Just walking around, using in the gym or running little bits in them activates the muscles in the feet and legs which get lazy when we wear shoes all the time. Either way, best to start gently and listen to your body.

All these shoes are built on a zero drop so the heel and forefoot are on the same level. The shoes with the toe pockets allow your toes to spread, helping with balance and giving you better feedback from the ground.

The Different Five Fingered Shoes

  • Vibram FiveFingers KSO Evo: Keep Stuff Out with Vibram’s iconic five fingered shoe. The KSO has the most flexible, most minimal sole in their range allowing you to feel even the smallest undulation underfoot. Stretchy uppers and lock-down laces offer a secure fit.
  • Vibram FiveFingers V-Run: Formerly known as the Bikila, V-Run is the running specific toe shoe. Developed in response to barefoot runners who wanted a little more between their feet and the ground on longer runs. The 8mm thick sole gives you an element of cushioning and protection. The polyester lycra stretch mesh upper has little holes for ventilation and it’s designed to be comfortable when worn without socks (although you can always use one of the Injinji socks if you’re finding your feet get cold).

The Best Barefoot Trail Shoe

  • Vibram FiveFingers V-Trail: V-Trail is Vibram’s trail-specific toe shoe. Multi-directional triangular lugs offer traction on off-road surfaces They can’t make the lugs too deep on a barefoot shoe or they would just dig in and be too uncomfortable to run in so if it’s really muddy, you need to be careful where you put your feet or you’re likely to slip around) An extended rock protection mesh under the sole disperses the shock when you run over a stone to reduce bruising. The upper is padded around the heel for comfort and toe bumpers at the ends of the toes protect your toes from bumps.

Lastly, it’s worth bearing in mind that each model of the barefoot shoes fits slightly differently and all the minimal shoes will fit and feel different when you’ve got them on your own individual feet. So why not pay us a visit and test run some of our range.

1. Build up slowly
2. Keep your strides short
3. Listen to your body
4. Go quietly
5. Enjoy!

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  • Oliver BettFebruary 1, 2013 at 4:36pm
    The Spyridon is not the best trail shoe. It has poor grip in anything other than extremely dry conditions. Reply
    • Bhashini NeveFebruary 1, 2013 at 8:01pm
      True enough the grip doesn't compare with other trail shoes, but it's the best we've found of the zero cushion, lowest profile shoes. There's also the Bare Grip 200 which has deep lugs but is likely to feel uncomfortable on ground other than fell or really muddy. Of the barefoot shoes available is there a grippier one that you know of? We'd be genuinely interested to hear if you know of one. Reply
      • Amanda EstebanFebruary 2, 2013 at 5:10pm
        No Vivobarefoot listed??? Odd ! My Lucy's and Neo Trails are without equal... Reply
        • Bhashini NeveFebruary 4, 2013 at 10:59am
          Hi Amanda,

          Thanks for your comment. We've stocked some models from the VivoBarefoot range in the past. Although some people loved them, the general feedback that we got from wearing them ourselves and from customers was that for running they weren't as comfortable in the upper as some of the other brands we stock. We always keep an open mind on these things though and if that's been improved we'll look at them again. Happy running. Reply
          • Michael BenisJanuary 8, 2018 at 1:13pm
            The latest Vivobrefoot off-road shoes are vastly improved in upper and sole Reply
            • Bhashini NeveJanuary 11, 2018 at 3:42pm
              Good to know.
              Thanks Reply
  • anantSeptember 5, 2013 at 1:00pm
    I am currently using Vibram Bikila for running. I don't want to give away minimalist feel or freedom of foot that Bikila offers. I wanted to ask what shoe would you suggest keeping few things in mind.

    1) Barefeet/Minimalist
    2) Wide Toe Box(I end up getting blisters on my small toe)
    3) Zero drop

    Any suggestions would be welcome
    Thanks. Reply
    • Bhashini NeveSeptember 6, 2013 at 12:53pm
      How about the Brooks Pure Drift? It's wide in the toe box and if you take out the insole it's a zero drop. Reply
  • Stephen LordMarch 11, 2014 at 6:46pm
    This is really useful stuff. I'm hoping someone will come out with a proper barefoot hiking boot - or maybe I should just use a shoe such as the Brooks Pure Drift - and then I'd like to hear Bhashini's views. I can't/don't want to go back to raised heels, it's bad for my back and yours too! Reply
    • Bhashini NeveMarch 12, 2014 at 1:53pm

      Hi Stephen,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Brooks Pure Drift is a good idea, because although it's really close to the ground it still has good cushioning, which is useful if you're going to be walking a long way. If you don't want the 4mm drop, you can take out the insole to make it zero. It won't give you a lot of traction though if you're hiking over muddy terrain. In that case you could consider the Altra Lone Peak. It's a zero drop so the heel's not raised at all but with cushioning and better grip.

      Best of luck,

      • EmilySeptember 16, 2017 at 10:24pm
        I wear Brooks puredrift to work every day and they are on the verge of falling apart because I haven't found anything better to replace them with (they have to be black) now they have been discontinued.
        Any suggestions? Reply
        • Bhashini NeveSeptember 18, 2017 at 6:23pm

          Hi Emily,

          Yes, the PureDrift has been discontinued, unfortunately (I miss them too!) The closest thing to it in Brooks current range would be the PureFlow. It's built on a 4mm drop and nice and flexible but not as broad as the PureDrift was. The Nike Free Run Distance is a bit wider and it comes in black, or the New Balance WX20 which is closer to the ground but with less cushioning.

          In February next year (2018) we'll be getting an Altra shoe called the Escalante in black. This is the closest thing to the PureDrift I've found - it's wide in the toe box, zero drop with a bit of cushioning and very comfy.

          Hope this helps,

    • WartybliggensNovember 1, 2015 at 10:17pm
      Vivobarefoot has more than one excellent hiking boot. I recently got the leather one. Reply
      • Bhashini NeveNovember 2, 2015 at 10:02am
        Glad to hear it. Reply
    • Ian CraigJanuary 11, 2019 at 9:56am
      Hi there . Vivobarefoot do a great range of hiking boots, depending on the terrain you're walking. I converted a while ago and enjoy go back. Reply
      • Nandanti MartaskovaJanuary 11, 2019 at 5:56pm

        Hi Ian,
        Thank you for your comment.

  • MichaelJune 6, 2015 at 10:17pm
    Great list - I have tried lots and lots of minimal footware over the years Reply
  • MichaelJune 6, 2015 at 10:22pm
    Pressed submit by accident on my last comment. I love your list but I have found the best for me have been Luna sandals - they are comfy and lots room for toes. I think you should check them out, I've tried all the brands you have listed but the Lunas have been the best so far but they do get lots of comments at events though. Everyone thinks I'm running in flip flops and forgot my proper trainers. But they are fast (what passes for fast by me.....!) Reply
    • Bhashini NeveJune 9, 2015 at 8:44pm
      Thanks for your comment, Michael. We'll definitely check them out. Reply
      • Areli K.August 27, 2015 at 2:27am
        Helo, Thanks you for the wonderful review.

        I am used to run on VFF and I can handle 10 miles without compromising my speed, however I’m not sure if I’ll sustain the same pace during a marathon which I’m training for. Currently I train on my bikilas first version (not Evo)
        I am used to run in bikilas and unfortunately it seems that I just can't go back to conventional shoes anymore but I don't honk I'll finish a marathon with a PR on them.
        Which running shoe would you recommend for someone like me? Preferable zero drop to 4 mm maximum drop and wide toe box?

        Thanks! Reply
        • BhashiniSeptember 1, 2015 at 11:25am
          Hi Areli,
          You could try the new Bikila Evos - they've been redesigned with longer distances in mind and they've got a lot more cushioning than the first ones,
          Otherwise at 4mm you could try the Saucony Kinvara, Brooks PureFlow and New Balance Minimus shoes.
          Best of luck! Reply
  • Gareth FieldOctober 13, 2015 at 7:55pm

    Just ran my first trail ultramarathon in Merrell Vapor Gloves, highly recommend them. Pretty good time, too. I was in the front pack at the end, or at least the front pack behind the guy who beat all of us by an hour. Anyway, great shoe, and I've tried a few out.

    • BhashiniOctober 14, 2015 at 11:52am
      Well done! Reply
  • antonioOctober 13, 2015 at 11:25pm
    So sad, there is no minimalistic shoes for supinators? Reply
    • BhashiniOctober 14, 2015 at 11:51am

      Hi Antonio,
      As far as I know, there are no minimalistic shoes specifically for supinators but in most cases any of the neutral shoes such as Brooks PureFlow would work well.
      Good luck!

    • TashMarch 19, 2017 at 9:47pm
      If you're running on your fore/mid foot then you don't need anything to correct supination or over pronation, these conditions are only an issue if you heel strike. Landing on your heel means the rest or your foot in unable to carry out its role of stabalising the foot strike and cushioning the impact. Reply
      • Bhashini NeveMarch 21, 2017 at 8:22am
        Hi Tash,

        Absolutely. There is another style of running, where he or she can land on the forefoot and then sink back quickly on the heel before then taking off again. It is at this stage that mild over pronation can take place. In this instance a mild support shoe is perfect, when the athlete is looking for a lighter weight and more minimal training shoe. Reply
  • MIchaelOctober 18, 2015 at 7:09pm
    Due to an injury to my right leg, I was only able to run with shoes that offered a lot of proprioception like five fingers and merrill. The contoured rounded heel has prevented me from ankle sprain and strengthened feet and legs. I would not consider the vast majority of the shoes you list to be minimal, and am sad to see the shoe trend back to more stuff between feet and running surface. Reply
    • Bhashini NeveOctober 19, 2015 at 11:03am
      Hi Michael,
      Yes the general trend with most running shoe brands is away from minimal and back to more stuff between feet and running surface as you say. A lot of the really minimal shoes we've stocked over the last few years aren't available any more.
      The shoes I've listed as barefoot are about as close to the ground as you can get and the shoes listed as minimal are higher off the ground but not as high as a regular road running shoe. They're also lower in the heel:forefoot drop so there's less under the heel and the foot is more balanced.
      Thank you
      Bhashini Reply
  • SeanApril 14, 2016 at 9:13am
    Hi I've got the bare grip 200 recently and wore them for a 7 mile hill run expecting it to be muddy due to rain the day before ,however it was dry with a couple of road sections as well ,they performed a lot better than I thought they would and wasn't at all uncomfortable . Reply
    • Bhashini NeveApril 15, 2016 at 11:29am
      Hi Sean,
      That's very good to know.
      Bhashini Reply
  • RichardMay 23, 2016 at 1:27pm
    I'd really like to start running (barefoot) with a minimalist shoe, I'm just a little stuck on which shoe to buy. I'm not running much at the moment so starting with wearing the foot ware to work or just walk around in then maybe doing 5 mins running and building it up is fine with me. I really want to buy something from the vibram range although you've highly spoken of the brooks range. I've had my gait done and feet don't get flatter than mine I do over pronate badly. Could I have your honest advice and opinion please?!

    Richard. Reply
    • Bhashini NeveMay 24, 2016 at 1:59pm

      Hi Richard,

      If you want to go straight to a barefoot shoe like a Vibram, it's a very good idea to build up gradually by wearing them to work and starting with just 5 minutes running. I would look at either the KSO Evo or the Bikila Evo 2.

      A barefoot shoe won't give you any antipronation control, so if you feel you want to start with something a bit less extreme on the minimal spectrum which still offers a bit of of cushioning and support you could try the Brooks PureCadence.

      Although I reckon if you start gently as you're planning to, you could go straight to a Vibram. Initially, I'd alternate it with a regular running shoe until your feet and legs get used to it.

      Best of luck with it,

    • TashMarch 19, 2017 at 9:54pm
      If you are not running much, then go straight into the minimalist shoe and build up slowly, just as you would do if you started running again in any other shoe. Don't use conventional shoes unless you are already running in them because they will limit your foot's ability to function correctly and slow down the build up of strength and flexibilty in your feet. Pronation control is not required in barefoot shoes because you are not landing on your heel. Just make sure you take it very easily, everyone takes different amount of time to build up and adjust. Reply
      • Dipika SmithMarch 21, 2017 at 8:21am
        Hi Tash,

        Absolutely. There is another style of running, where he or she can land on the forefoot and then sink back quickly on the heel before then taking off again. It is at this stage that mild over pronation can take place. In this instance a mild support shoe is perfect, when the athlete is looking for a lighter weight and more minimal training shoe. Reply
  • FloveAugust 29, 2016 at 10:12am
    Hi, what sort of range do you have in store? I've tried Brooks pure grit but found them a bit tight around toes and pure flow but these were too high. I've been running in merrell barefoot access but there is no cushioning in them now. I feel everything. They also have a v wide toe box so It makes other shoes seems tight by comparison. Thinking about buying online as shops don't have the range to try on. Any advice on something with wide toe box, minimal drop and some cushioning greatly appreciated. Thanks. Reply
    • Bhashini NeveAugust 30, 2016 at 5:19pm

      Hi Flove,

      We've got more minimal shoes in our London branch than in our Edinburgh or Cardiff stores - minimal has always been more popular in London for some reason. You could try the Saucony Kinvara. It's wider than the PureFlow – did you find that one too high off the ground or too high in the ankle? Alternatively, there's the New Balance MT10, which is close to the ground and wider in the toe box than the PureGrit. It's discontinued after this season though, which is a shame. We used to have a much bigger selection in minimal footwear but there's much less available to us these days. The manufacturers seem to feel it was a passing phase.

      All the best,

  • Paul Alan GaynorSeptember 15, 2016 at 8:00am
    You mention this shoe several times but you don't label any of the photos as being this one so I'm at a bit of a loss. Reply
    • BhashiniSeptember 15, 2016 at 11:01am

      Hi Paul,

      Which shoe are you referring to? Is it the Vibram FiveFingers Bikila? That's changed it's name to V-Run now but was called Bikila when I wrote the post. It needs updating – sorry about that. I'll do it now.


  • LouisaOctober 30, 2016 at 2:01pm
    I have recently started running, but have had to stop due to an on-going issue with the back of my heel (an oedema) so that I can't wear shoes with hard back to them. I am wondering if the barefoot route may be something to have a go at, as I am presuming that the back the shoes are soft material rather than the hard back you get in normal running shoes.

    I really do want to start running again and will happily adapt to barefoot running if it means I can get some shoes that I can wear.

    Louisa Reply
    • BhashiniNovember 1, 2016 at 10:55am

      Hi Louisa,

      You're right, the minimal/barefoot shoes tend to be softer around the heel cup.

      If you were thinking about the completely barefoot shoes from Vibram, they are certainly soft in the heel but you'd have to give yourself time to adapt to them. We normally recommend just starting with 5 minutes running, making sure your weight's forward and you're running either on the forefoot or using the whole foot ie not striking on the heel. And build up gradually, listening to your body as you go.

      If you wanted to start with something a bit more like a regular running shoe in terms of cushioning, but soft in the heel, you could maybe look at the Nike Free RN Distance.

      Best of luck with your running,

  • Ron McCombNovember 27, 2016 at 2:31am
    Most shoes are designed to push your toes out of place and keep them from moving. By the time most people decide to go minimalist, their feet are so deformed from wearing "stylish" cramped shoes it's too late. No wonder they complain that minimalist shoes hurt their feet. I have spent years working my way back from work and cowboy boots. Now that I've gotten them nearly normal, (the big toe actually continuing the straight line of the 1st metatarsal), I stand with my foot next to the shoe to see if the shoe looks anything like my foot. None actually do. The other test is, if you can't wrap a shoe into a ball, it's going to do things to you. Also, what's up with turned up toes on most shoes. Try walking around with your toes turned up.w Reply
    • Bhashini NeveDecember 5, 2016 at 10:33am
      Hi Ron,
      It sounds like the Vibram FiveFingers shoes which separate the toes may be a good idea for you.
      Have you tried them?
      Best regards
      Bhashini Reply
  • David KellyDecember 18, 2016 at 12:58am
    Why no Vivobarefoot...? Reply
    • Bhashini NeveDecember 19, 2016 at 10:49am
      Hi David,
      Because we don't stock them at Run and Become at the moment. We've kept them in the past and they didn't sell well for us. The range has changed though and we may stock them again in the future.
      All the best,
      Bhashini Reply
  • DarylDecember 18, 2016 at 10:10am
    Hi, I have been running in the Asia's 33-dfa for the last couple of years with relative comfort send success but now it seems they have been discontinued. Can you suggest a similar alternative?

    Thanks Reply
    • Bhashini NeveDecember 19, 2016 at 10:52am
      Hi Daryl,
      The Brooks PureFlow would be similar in that it's a 4mm drop and the midsole is about the same thickness but the current version is a bit narrower than the 33DFA. The Saucony Kinvara is wider with the same drop but it's a bit higher off the ground.
      All the best,
      Bhashini Reply
  • RomaniJanuary 8, 2017 at 2:39pm
    Hello Bhashini

    I'm looking for 0 drop shoes only with some cushioning , 12-20mm and with generous toe box. Merrell bare access is my best find so far, would you suggest some alternatives please?

    happy running
    Roman Reply
    • Bhashini NeveJanuary 9, 2017 at 9:46am

      Hi Roman,

      There's nothing available in 0 drop with cushioning from any of the brands we stock at the moment. We used to have a New Balance Minimus shoe that fitted those criteria but it was discontinued.

      The lowest drop we have currently is 4mm and these two would have the widest toe box: Nike Free RN Distance and Saucony Kinvara.

      Happy running to you too,

  • DonnaJanuary 10, 2017 at 4:09pm
    I am a amateur runner, mainly due to the fact that I suffered from severe pains in my calves, my arches and across the front of my foot. I suffered so much that I almost gave up thinking I would never become good at running. I've bought so many different branded trainers to try and improve my running to no avail until I came across a brand named Skora. After purchasing my 1st pair of Skora Fit, I found that I was relieved from approximately 80% of those pains? I can no run a steady unbroken (fast jog/slow run) for 25 minutes ???????? They are 0 drop, slightly cushioned & feel like a dream on my feet, the trouble is now I cannot find any in stock anywhere to replace them ???? I also now run on my forefoot (previous heal strike) thanks to a book I read (unbreakable runner ????‍♀️) A female with a big foot (8.5) ???? Reply
    • BhashiniJanuary 10, 2017 at 4:52pm
      Hi Donna,
      That's great! I'm glad it's all working out for you. I'll check out those shoes and have a look at that book too.
      All the best,
      Bhashini Reply
  • Graeme McCrackenSeptember 20, 2017 at 11:53am
    I have been running in five fingers KSO's but they only last about 2-3 months, not great for an expensive shoe!
    So I tried the Merell Trial Glove 3 which was great. I went to get a new pair and see that have been replaced with the trail glove 4 which is not a minimalist shoe...
    so I tried the vapour glove - which I really like thought in my mind it is not a trail shoe as the grips are non existent. I have had them a week and fallen over twice. I am now unable to go on some of my more challenging runs as I just can't trust the grip and don't want to end up miles away from civilisation freezing to death...
    I am looking for soothing with a thin sole zero drop and good grip.

    Graeme. Reply
    • Bhashini NeveSeptember 20, 2017 at 1:45pm

      Hi Graeme,

      If it's zero drop you're after, you could try the Vibram VTrail. It's a lot sturdier than the KSO with a thicker midsole which is designed for trail running to protect your foot from stone bruises and a more padded and durable upper.
      Otherwise, there's the Inov8 TrailTalon 250 which has a thin sole and good grip but it's a 4mm drop rather than a zero.

      Best of luck finding something that suits.

  • SARASeptember 25, 2017 at 9:04pm
    Thanks for the blog. I usually wear mizuno wave trainers for running but would like to try minimalist shoes as Im getting injury prone now Im getting a bit older! Trouble is, I dont really know where to start or how long the transition over will take - ish. Any recommendations gratefully received! Reply
    • Bhashini NeveSeptember 26, 2017 at 10:45am

      Hi Sara,

      If you can make it into one of our stores we can give you some guidance on which shoes to try. How long it takes depends on many things – how minimal the shoes are, what shoes you've been used to running in, how strong your core muscles are etc. The most important thing when transitioning is to take it slowly and listen to your body. If it's objecting, ease back a bit.

      Here's a really useful post my colleague wrote about transitioning:
      Transitioning to Minimalist Running Shoes.

      Best of luck with it.

      • SaraSeptember 28, 2017 at 8:23pm
        Great! Thank you for the info Reply
  • LouiseOctober 31, 2018 at 1:32pm
    I have struggled all year with injuries. Hip flexor, right knee pain and now left ITB. An experienced runner at my club has suggested zero drop, minimalist trainers but I am unsure. I mildly over pronate and am a bit of a heel striker. i like distance running. What would you suggest?
    Thanks Reply
    • Dipika SmithOctober 31, 2018 at 3:50pm

      Hi Louise,

      So sorry to hear abut your injuries...always a downer!

      But on the upside, as I'm sure you are experiencing, injury can broaden our perspective on how we train.

      Zero drop shoes are great, but I'd suggest they are not for everyone and it takes careful transitioning to make the change smoothly. Ideally if you can visit one of our stores, then we can go through everything in detail with you. Unfortunately, without seeing you in person there's no one shoe that I can advise which would magic the injuries way.

      Hopefully see you in store soon.

      All the Best,

  • JuliaJanuary 18, 2019 at 12:23pm
    I’ve got the latest Vivobarefoot Trail SG shoes and they’re a great update. More robust, still light and fit well. The upper section did feel a bit stiff to start with but seem fine after a couple of trail races now. Reply
    • Nandanti MartaskovaJanuary 18, 2019 at 1:48pm
      Hi Julia,
      Thank you for sharing your experience. Happy running. Reply
  • gillyFebruary 17, 2019 at 6:51pm
    I'm looking at the Vibram 5 fingers and I'd like to know what you thoughts are on sizing.I was advised a long while ago to go a half-size up in my running shoes and wonder if this will still apply to the barefoot running shoes?
    Thanks for your help.

    Gilly Reply
    • Nandanti MartaskovaFebruary 18, 2019 at 4:49pm

      Hi Gilly,

      Each type of Vibram FiveFingers is a bit different in sizing. Some run a bit smaller, some a bit bigger. They come in European sizes, so it is a bit difficult to advise you. In general you should be the same size, sometimes even a half size smaller compared to your dress shoes. For example I am size UK 5.5 in dress shoes (UK 6.5 in running shoes) and in the FiveFingers I wear size Euro 38. The FiveFingers are designed to fit like a glove. You should be able to feel the end of the shoe with your longest toe (you want it touching but not pushing). I hope that this helps.

      • GillyFebruary 18, 2019 at 6:58pm
        Yes thats helpful thanks, I will bear that in mind :) Reply
  • GoVeganApril 11, 2019 at 6:58pm
    Nike XC Rival is zero drop, minimal, light and I get over 2000K out of a pair. New Balance XC700 also a great option as well as Brooks Mach18. Reply
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