Good minimalist shoes are shoes that let your feet talk to you
Too much ignorance about running, feet, and pleasure has led to many wrong ideas about minimalist shoes. Several seemingly valid minimalist shoes out there are both useless when it comes to restore the connection with your feet and potentially dangerous to your foot health.
In order to put your mind at ease, here is a selection of foot-picked and tested minimalist shoes you should consider for both running, walking and everything else.
Xero shoes are the first minimalist shoes I have ever worn. Inspired by the ancient running sandals made by the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico. The main awesome features are:
↬ Vast selection of products: sandals, casual shoes, running and trail running shoes as well as hiking boots.
↬ The patented 5.5 mm FeelTrue® soles with removable 2 mm insoles will provide just-right protection and great comfort.
↬ The soles are durable enough that they have a 5,000-mile sole warranty (!)
↬ Kids shoes available (starting at size 12 US/30 EU)
↬ Shipping worldwide available
Wilding is a German brand who’s logo, a fox, mirrors the level of quietness you would achieve if you walked in a soundless forest while wearing a pair of Wildling shoes. The main awesome features are:
↬ Wilding’s outer sole, with its slotted design, is completely unique in the minimalist shoes world as it allows for the highest flexibility and freedom of movement, while also reducing considerably the overall weight. Talking of which…
↬ Wilding offers barefoot sandals, casual shoes, boots and running shoes.
↬ The Tanuki models’ weight ranges between 51 g and 198 g per shoe: as far as I know the most lightweight you’ll ever find.
↬ Environment-friendly and innovative materials: cotton, Merino wool, Washi (75% paper, 25% polyester!) for the upper; Lunatur (80% EVA, 20% walnut shells) for the insole; 50% recycled rubber, 50% recycled cork for the outsole.
↬ The outsole is 2.5 mm for 36–41 EU (US Youth 5 – US Youth 10) and 3.5 mm for 42–48 EU (US Youth 11 – US Adults 12.5).
↬ Babies and kids shoes available from 18 to 35 EU (US Baby 2 to US Youth 4)!
↬ Worldwide shipping available.
Freet shoes stand out for utilizing waste ground coffee to manufacture the uppers of some of the shoes they offer and for the wide range of materials for their upper mesh, midsoles and outsoles. The main awesome features are:
↬ Three different types of upper mesh (BreatheMesh, CoffeeFlyMesh and Water resistant Mesh/Leather).
↬ The removable midsoles come in two thicknesses (2.5 or 6 mm) and different material composition (Memory foam or EVA) to provide protection and great connectivity with the ground.
↬The outsole design and thickness varies depending on the shoe model and its main use (GripPlus, MultiGrip, EasyGrip).
↬ Junior shoes available (36-38 EU / 4Y-6Y US)