Barefoot Running Shoes 2014

Barefoot Running Shoes 2014

Skora FIT

Shaped like a foot, the FIT utilizes the REALFIT last design, which inspires increased comfort and natural movement. Lightweight and breathable, this shoe was created with a cutting edge 3D-printed support pattern and internal arch band so it literally feels like a part of your foot. With a stack height of 16mm and a high abrasion rubber outsole, the FIT does a good job of remaining minimal, while still providing a bit of protection underfoot.

Merrell Vapor Glove

As breezy as a shoe gets, Merrell’s Vapor Glove features a washable mesh upper that provides supreme breathability. Touting a barefoot construction, this is a zero-drop model that allows your foot to make a natural progression from landing to toe-off. Thanks to its Vibram outsole and toe bumper, you can sport these on a wide range of varying terrain without worrying about foot bruising or injuries.

New Balance Minimus Zero V2

New Balance’s most minimal road shoe, the Minimus Zero V2 offers a slight amount of cushioning in its REVlite midsole. Ultra-light, it employs a one-piece FantomFit upper that lends itself to both supporting the foot and flexing with it upon each strike and toe-off. One of the most popular barefoot-inspired options around, this may be a good transition shoe if you’re looking to get away from traditional running footwear.

Vivobarefoot Evo Pure

As the brand name suggests, Vivobarefoot is committed to manufacturing a whole host of minimalist options that closely mimic barefoot running. The Evo Pure is a road running option that sports an ultra-thin 3mm outsole to give a bit of protection without weighing you down. Minimal enough to provide a sensory experience to improve proprioception, Vivobarefoot’s Pure Barefoot Technology blends a light, durable polyester upper with a puncture resistant sole, giving it a real barefoot feel.

Vibram FiveFingers Bikila EVO

The brand that started it all, Vibram FiveFingers offer the unique toe-shoe design for a true barefoot fit. The Bikila EVO has proven to be a popular choice for runners because it allows you to experience running without shoes, while still featuring a bit or cushioning underfoot. The outsole remains thin enough to give the barefoot ride minimalist proponents crave and the forefoot design allows for a truly natural toe splay.

NIKE Free 3.0 Flyknit

Nike’s most natural and flexible shoe, the 3.0 Flyknit is intended for road running and other fitness activities. The unique Flyknit bootie upper made from a one-piece layer of woven polyester yarn allows this shoe to be slipped on like a sock. This means they fit closer to the foot than most traditional footwear. Featuring a 4mm offset from heel to toe, as well as a slight amount of cushioning, these are a great transition option from traditional running footwear to a more minimal design.