Did you know that barefoot running is still a thing in Kenya today? And by barefoot running, we mean no shoes at all. Did you also know that a certain Abebe Bikila from Ethiopia won the Olympic marathon running barefoot? Barefoot running today, however, doesn’t necessarily mean you must run while barefoot. With technological advances in the shoe wear industry, there are now more running shoes designed to make you feel as natural or as barefoot as possible on the road, on a trail and even while on a race. And if you’re thinking of transitioning from regular running to barefoot running, what you need is the best minimalist running shoes available in the market today.
Best Minimalist Running Shoes – Comparison Table
We’ve done the research, scouted the market and compared as many pairs of minimalist running shoes from different brands. Whether you’re cross-training, trail running or racing, we’ve found seven pairs of shoes that are the best in the minimalist footwear department. Below is a table of the best minimalist running shoes for a quick comparison:
|Product Name||Material|| Weight||Drop|
|Vibram Men's Bikila EVO||Mesh/Rubber Sole||4.3 oz.||Zero drop|
|Nike Men's Free 5.0||Synthetic/Mesh/Rubber Sole||9.0 oz.||8mm|
|New Balance Men's MX20BS4 Cross Minimus||Synthetic/Synthetic Sole||6.9 oz.||4 mm drop|
|Mizuno Men's Wave Hitogami 2||Synthetic/Synthetic Sole||7.9 oz.||8.9 mm|
|Merrell Men's Trail Glove 3||Fabric/Synthetic/Rubber Sole||7.0 oz.||Zero drop|
|Inov-8 F-lite 195||Synthetic/Rubber Sole||7.0 oz.||3 mm|
|Altra Men's Superior 2||Synthetic/Rubber Sole||8.7 oz.||Zero drop|
We hope you will find our table of the best minimalist running shoes in September 2017 shown above helpful. We’ll now move on to the reviews of the shoes.